Today’s global challenges require the world’s top research talent. Southampton’s Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) rise to this challenge, providing a revolutionary learning environment for tomorrow’s leading researchers.
Our Doctoral Training Centres
- Complex Systems Simulation
- Social Sciences
- Transport and the Environment
- Web Science
- Food Security
- Integrated Magnetic Resonance
The DTCs 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.
If you choose to do an integrated PhD at one of our DTCs, you will be honing the skills you need to address some of society’s biggest problems, including those related to climate change, energy, our ageing population and hi-tech crime. You will benefit from the support of staff and peers, throughout your PhD and beyond. Fully-funded research studentships are available at each Centre.
Multidisciplinary research is at the heart of our ethos. Sharing ideas with other students and researchers from across many disciplines will give you a broader view of your topic and prepare you for working in a research team when you graduate.
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."