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Doctoral Training Centres and Partnerships – University of Reading

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  • A highly regarded research community

    We partner with UK Research Councils and others to deliver high-quality training

Doctoral Training Centres and Partnerships

As a research intensive university, Reading has partnered with a number of other institutions to successfully bid for funding from UK Research Councils, charities and trusts in order to form highly respected doctoral training centres for postgraduate researchers.

In addition to specialised training, these collaborations offer you the chance to compete for funding across a range of areas. The partnerships and centres with which we are involved are listed here, grouped by the relevant funding organisation.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

GS_student_2South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP)

As part of a consortium of eight UK universities, Reading offers training and postgraduate support for postgraduate researchers across a range of disciplines: archaeology; classics; English literature; film, theatre and television; history; history of art; law; modern languages and European studies; philosophy; and politics and international relations.

Find out more about the SWW AHRC DTP Studentships

Design Star

This consortium of five universities aims to develop future intellectual leadership in design. Here at Reading, Design Star research training opportunities are open to all PhD researchers in typography.

Find out more about Design Star.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Food Advanced Training Partnership

Bringing together the University of Reading, Birmingham University, Leatherhead Food Research and Rothamstead Research, the research undertaken by this partnership focuses on creating a food industry resourced to produce sufficient sustainable food for health.

Find out more about the Food Advanced Training Partnership.

Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTPs)

A total of 10 CTPs are being funded by BBSRC to carry out important scientific research in key aspects of agriculture. The University of Reading is involved in two of these.

  • The first, led by Waitrose, focuses on crop production, sustainable soil and ecosystem services, and also involves Rothamsted Research and the universities of Warwick and Lancaster.
  • The second concerns crop research and is led by Berry Gardens. Alongside Reading, it will involve the universities of Nottingham and Lancaster.

Find out more about the BBSRC CTPs.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS)

Covering a wide range of social science disciplines and related multidisciplinary areas, this doctoral training partnership comprises 10 UK universities, including Reading.

Studentships for 2017/18 relate to pathways in development studies; economics; education; human geography; linguistics; management and business studies; political science and international studies; psychology and socio-legal studies.

Find out more about SeNSS.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Centre for Doctoral Training in the Mathematics of Planet Earth (CDT in MPE)

This centre sees the University of Reading join forces with Imperial College London to train the next generation of mathematical scientists for some of the key challenges facing the planet that relate to weather and climate science.

Find out more about the CDT in MPE.

Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments (TSBE)

The TSBE centre was set up at the University of Reading with funding from the EPSRC, in recognition of our status as an international centre of excellence for construction technology, climate modelling and business enterprise research. It takes a multidisciplinary approach to research, focused on the areas of sustainable built environments, technology and energy management.

Find out more about TSBE.

Leverhulme Trust

Doctoral Programme in Climate Justice

Much research on climate change has either addressed its causes and environmental impacts, or has considered the political, ethical and legal challenges it presents. This programme aims to bridge these two areas of research. With sufficient understanding of both the scientific and justice aspects of climate change, advisers and researchers can address the key issues and develop appropriate policy.

Find out more about the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Programme in Climate Justice.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

SCENARIO Doctoral Training Partnership

The Postgraduate Centre in the Science of the Environment: Natural and Anthropogenic Processes, Impacts and Opportunities (SCENARIO) is a collaboration between the University of Reading, the University of Surrey, the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the British Geological Survey. It aims to train the next generation of postgraduate researchers in the area of environmental science.

Find out more about the SCENARIO Doctoral Training Partnership.


Search for funding

The University allocates over £8 million each year in postgraduate research studentships and bursaries.

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