Today’s global challenges require the world’s top research talent. Southampton’s four Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) rise to this challenge, providing a revolutionary learning environment for tomorrow’s leading researchers.
The DTCs – in Complex Systems Simulation, Social Sciences, Transport and the Environment, and Web Science – give students the skills they need to address some of society’s biggest challenges, including climate change, energy, our ageing population and hi-tech crime.
All of the centres are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) except Social Sciences, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Each Centre offers a four-year multidisciplinary postgraduate programme. The taught first year includes short courses and project work tailored to students’ backgrounds and research interests. This is followed by three years of challenging and original research at PhD level.
Student profile - Angela Watkins
Angela is a postgraduate student in the DTC for Complex Systems Simulation. Her research is looking at the population dynamics of mammals in fragmented habitats to improve the evidence base for conservationists and land managers. Her research will provide evidence for setting up a ‘wildlife corridor’ in Belize to allow mammals to move freely between habitats that have been divided by development.
"The eclectic mix of people is what really makes this course work. Everyone comes from different backgrounds, which creates a stimulating and lively group where ideas are discussed openly," says Angela. "It has been an excellent learning environment, opening doors to collaboration and using ideas from other fields and disciplines."
Find out more
If you choose to study in one of Southampton’s DTCs, you will benefit from the support of staff and peers, throughout your PhD and beyond. Fully-funded research studentships are available at each Centre. For full details and how to apply, visit the web pages for each DTC.