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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training:


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.


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.