The Centre for Doctoral Training programme (CDT) is an alternative route to a PhD, designed as a four-year programme of study (1 year MRes followed by 3 year PhD). It provides structured entry into research for applicants with an undergraduate degree or equivalent. CDTs are funded by EPSRC, and are open to UK and EU students.

CDT programmes are more than a standard PhD. There is considerable emphasis on multidisciplinary and transferrable skills, delivered through a range of activities beyond a traditional individual PhD research project, and the MRes year is an integral part of the programme.  

Mirroring the increasingly collaborative nature of modern engineering and science, CDTs bring together experts from across a broad spectrum, often across disciplines and other research institutions.