We want to train our postgraduates to tackle society's big challenges in a way that draws on the talent and imagination housed across the College.

One way in which we do this is through our government-funded PhD training centres.

Imperial is the lead institution in 12 of the UK's 115 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council-funded Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) – more than any other UK university.

We're also home to a number of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), funded by other government research councils. This includes the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC); BBSRC funded PhD Studentships in the Biological Sciences; London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); and Imperial College MRC DTP (Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership) Research Studentships.

For details of opportunities within our EPSRC-funded CDTs please use the relevant links below.

EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training:

Dr Julian Jones is a Reader in Biomaterials, pictured with PhD scholarship recipient Justin Chung.

Advanced Characterisation of Materials

Email: cdtacm@imperial.ac.uk

Training scientists to be experts in the application of advanced analytical techniques for materials development.

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Professor Daniel M. Segal, Professor of Quantum Optic, Quantum Optics and Laser Science Group, Department of Physics, in his lab, leaning over an optical table.

Controlled Quantum Dynamics

Email: miranda.smith@imperial.ac.uk

Educating the next generation of theoretical and experimental researchers who will develop quantum technologies for the 21st century.

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Fluid Dynamics across Scales

Email: fluids@imperial.ac.uk

Delivering training in three key areas: aerodynamics, multiphase flows (including micro-flows), and fluid-surface/structure interactions.

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EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training:

Dr Georgiou whose research involves the application of microelectronic technology to create novel medical devices.

High Performance Embedded and Distributed Systems

Email: hipeds-admissions@imperial.ac.uk

Offering research opportunities ranging from implantable smart sensors to secure cloud service providers, and all points in between.

Institute of Chemical Biology CDT Den live event: “Dragons’ Den” style event

Chemical Biology

Email: icbadmin@imperial.ac.uk

Focusing on the development of novel tools and technologies that could be applied to tackle biological challenges at a molecular level.

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Mathematics of Planet Earth

Email: admissions@mpecdt.org

Training in the mathematical and computational techniques needed to understand, predict and quantify risk and uncertainty for extreme weather and climate change.

EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training:

Dr Faisal's lab combines cross-disciplinary computational and experimental approaches to investigate how the brain and its neural circuits are designed to learn and control goal-directed movements.

Neurotechnology for Life and Health

Email: k.hobson@imperial.ac.uk

Addressing the challenge of the growing number of people worldwide who are affected by brain-related illnesses.

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PhD students working in the Centre for Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Energy

Email: e.warriss@imperial.ac.uk

Training that builds on the UK and global commitment to build nuclear reactors that meet both our future energy demands and our responsibility to reduce carbon-emissions.

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Thomas Anthopoulos is a Reader in Experimental Physics in the Department of Physics and the Centre for Plastic Electronics. His current research interests are focused on the physics of carbon-based, metal oxides and hybrid semiconductors and devices.

Plastic Electronic Materials

Email: s.pendlebury@imperial.ac.uk

Research and training in all aspects of the plastic and printable electronic materials. Including synthesis, advanced characterisation, modelling, and device design and fabrication.

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EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training:

NDE

Quantitative Non-Destructive Evaluation

Email: n.hancock@imperial.ac.uk

Combining innovative technical excellence with industrial applicability to focus on novel NDE technologies that meet the medium and longer term needs of industry.

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Sustainable Civil Engineering

Email: cdt.sustainablecivil@imperial.ac.uk

Covering the effective whole life design and performance of major civil engineering infrastructure.

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Theory and Simulation of Materials

Email: miranda.smith@imperial.ac.uk

Focusing on the development of theoretical and computational techniques that enable the transfer of information between different scales to provide a more holistic understanding of materials.

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