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CDT courses in Cambridge

EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training

CDTs in Cambridge offer a four-year doctoral training programme beginning with a year of intensive teaching and project work, leading to an examination for a masters degree (MPhil or MRes) at the end of the first year.

Subject to satisfactory progress during the first year and a good result in the masters examination (as defined by the course applied for), students progress to a PhD in one of the departments participating in the CDT.

In February 2019, the University was successful in securing EPSRC funding for five Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), and is a partner in four other successful bids led by other partner universities. The first of five sets of student cohorts start in October 2019 and students can apply by visiting the CDT pages below.

Details of the CDTs are as follows:

See the individual entries for the CDTs for further information on

  •  Details of the training offered in first-year masters course
  •  Requirements for progression to the PhD
  •  Participating departments and supervisors
  •  Who to contact with enquiries

 In CDTs with multiple University partners:

  • some teaching will be provided by/at other institutions
  • registration for a first-year masters degree may not be in Cambridge
  • a few PhD studentships will be available in Cambridge as well as at the other partners - please enquire through the lead institution.


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