Doctoral Training Centres

Doctoral Training Centres

The University of Aberdeen is part of several Doctoral training centres carrying our world class research across disciplines. Each Centre or partnership provides funded PhD positions) and place significant importance on development into an independent researcher, as part of a larger cohort, under the guidance of an expert supervision team.


The £3 million project, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) brings together research and teaching centres of excellence in biological sciences and geosciences from the University of Aberdeen and Queen’s University Belfast and collaborative partners to provide a transformative platform for PhD Research and training.


Leverhulme Doctoral Training Centre for Sustainable Production of Chemicals and Materials

The £1 million project directly address the urgent global need to develop new and innovative strategies for the sustainable production of chemicals and materials using renewable feedstocks and renewable energy.

Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH)

Funded jointly by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council, the University of Aberdeen is a partner in the SGSAH, the world’s first national graduate school in the Arts & Humanities.  The DTP offers  offer unparalleled training and support to doctoral researchers in Scotland.

Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences (SGSSS)

Funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council, the University of Aberdeen is a partner in the SGSSS, the UK's largest facilitator of funding, training and support for doctoral students in social science. By combining the expertise of sixteen universities across Scotland, the school facilitates world-class PhD research.


EASTBIO is the East of Scotland BioScience Doctoral Training Partnership. The University of Aberdeen is a partner in this DTP, funded by the BBSRC and supported by the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance.


Funded by the natural Environment Research Council, the SUPER DTP addresses an interdisciplinary "catchment to coast" research portfolio, combining the expertise of a well-established collaborative group of universities, delivering world-leading research and training in natural environmental sciences

National Decommissioning Centre Doctoral Training Centre

Established with government support, through the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), this multi-million-pound global centre of excellence works in partnership with government and industry to deliver research and training aimed at transforming oil and gas decommissioning and mature field management.


Political Concepts in the World (POLITICO) is a Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral training programme for ground-breaking research on how political concepts, such as citizenship, civil society and rule of law, are used in the world.

Hydro Nation

The Hydro Nation scholars programme is part of the Scottish Government’s Hydro Nation strategy. The objective of the strategy is to develop the economic, environmental and social value of Scotland’s water resources

IBioIC Collaborative Training Partnership

Funded jointly by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council, the Industrial Biotechnology (IB) Innovation Centre (IBioIC) supports industrially-relevant PhD projects that bring biotechnology closer to industrialisation.

MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership (TMRP)

Funded by the Medical Research Council, The MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership (TMRP) aims to Improve health by improving trials. The DTP presents an opportunity to undertake training for a PhD in trials methodology. Projects will be available in various areas including statistics, data analytics and informatics, computer science, health economics, qualitative methods, mixed-methods, clinical medicine and psychology.