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Doctoral Training Centres/Partnerships

At any one time, the University of Southampton is training around 3,000 doctoral research students.  

Many of these students are funded by, or affiliated to, one of over 20 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) or Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). Funded by UK Research and Innovation research councils, and partners across Government, Industry and the NHS, each year they allow us to offer numerous opportunities for doctoral projects in a world-class research environment. Note that from 2021 entry up to 30% of all UKRI funded places will be open to students of all nationalities. 

Some DTPs/CDTs span disciplines, others focus on a specific areas of research. Collectively, with University researchers, each offer exciting postgraduate research opportunities seeking to address many of the global challenges of our time. Working with the University Doctoral College and Faculty Graduate Schools, the DTPS/CDTs offer support and a wide range of professional development and skills training aimed at allowing their doctoral graduates to become the next generation of research leaders tackling the critical projects for the future.


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A list of the current DTPs/CDTs are given below. Please follow the links for the training opportunities that they offer.

For other funding opportunities, please see here.



Health psychology, educational psychology and Cognitive Therapy


Education psychology to help Children and Young People (CYP) social and mental health and learning


Data intensive science centre


Engineering, Physical Sciences and Mathematics.

EPSRC Mathematical Sciences DTP

Mathematical Sciences


Oceans and climate; the dynamic earth; interactions of organisms with the global environment

MINDS (EPSRC funded)

Next generation Artificial Intelligence, Machine Intelligence for Nano-Electronic Devices and Systems

Defence and Security Mobility DTP

Doctoral training for existing and future workers in the Defence and Security sector.

NCGM (EPSRC funded)

Next generation computational modelling


Geoscientific and environmental research in oil and gas

Prosthetics and orthotics (EPSRC funded)

Interdisciplinary science and engineering research for health care needs

SIS (EPSRC funded)

Sustainable infrastructure systems for transport, water and energy

SocoBio (BBSRC funded)

Biosciences, biotechnology, sustainable agriculture and food, renewable resources and integrated health

South Coast DTP (ESRC funded)

Global economies, governance and security, population change, social and wellbeing challenges


Environmental science, engineering, technology development, business and policy

SWW1 (AHRC funded)

New generation thinkers across the arts and humanities

SWW2 (AHRC funded)

New generation thinkers across the arts and humanities

TMCS (EPSRC funded)

Theory and modelling in chemical sciences

MRC DTP in Translational Biomedical Sciences

Cancer, neurological, inflammatory and infectious diseases, anti-microbial resistance and global health

Web Science (EPSRC funded)

Digital Economy Programme


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