Doctoral Training Centres

AHRC North West Consortium

In collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Lancaster University is working with other academic institutions in the north west of England to seek out and nurture outstanding postgraduate research students and provide world-class training in the arts and humanities.

Funded by the AHRC, PhD studentships may be based wholly at Lancaster or, where appropriate, collaboratively supervised with a partner institution. Either way, every student will enjoy access to a broad range of resources and training at Lancaster and at partner institutions across the region.

BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Food Security

The BBSRC is a doctoral training partnership between the universities of Reading, Southampton, Lancaster and Surrey, and Rothamsted Research.

Offering studentships in the area of food security, the research conducted in this centre focuses on the global challenges posed by an expanding population, pressure on agricultural land, climate change and the diminution of scarce resources.

The centre is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and offers training and supervision leading to the award of a PhD in each of its constituent universities.

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is the only centre of its kind in Europe and is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. It brings together the expertise, resources and global contacts of Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool, together with international commercialisation consultancy Inventya.

At the heart of the centre is a team of fifty graduates working on collaborative research and development projects with businesses. The graduates use these collaborations as the basis of a PhD programme of study and are supported by senior academic members of staff, all internationally recognised experts in their fields.

The centre takes a strong focus on international markets and a number of the graduates within the centre are from overseas.

The Creative Exchange

Lancaster University, Royal College of Art and Newcastle University are seeking to recruit twenty PhD students to participate in an exciting collaborative project with a range of academic and industrial partners in the creative and digital industries.

The twenty studentships are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council via The Creative Exchange, one of four Knowledge Exchange (KE) Hubs for the Creative Economy established in January 2012 by the AHRC.


Envision brings together a powerful group of UK researchers with 44 industry and NGO partners to provide a new generation of environmental scientists with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to take on the challenges of a changing world.

Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Lancaster University is leading the initiative which brings together the Universities of Nottingham and Bangor, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the British Geological Survey and Rothamsted Research.

The initiative also involves large multinationals, a large number of SMEs and international research centres.

Students will benefit from: broad research themes; access to leading world experts; close ties with business, relevant work experience and leadership training. Envision will recruit 12 PhD students per year.

Next Generation Nuclear

Next Generation Nuclear is a partnership between the Universities of Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.

Its mission is to develop the next generation of research leaders to support the UK's strategic nuclear programmes including nuclear legacy clean-up, new-build power stations, and defence and security. It works with all the UK's major industrial and regulatory bodies including Amec, Areva, AWE, EDF, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the National Nuclear Laboratory, Rolls-Royce, and Sellafield Ltd.


The North West Nanoscience Doctoral Training Centre

NOWNANO builds on the world-leading expertise in all nanoscience within Manchester and Lancaster universities to offer a broad interdisciplinary doctoral training centre. PhD students receive initial training to outline the breadth and potential of nanoscience before they focus on mastering one specific area of the subject. Throughout the research training, the cohort will meet and discuss their research, building a group of outstanding scientists that will help lead world research in nanoscience.


Lancaster University forms part of the ESRC's North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP).

Each year around 60 studentships, covering tuition and maintenance, are available for those wishing to study in areas covered by the ESRC at Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester or Keele. Candidates may apply for funding towards Master's and doctoral (1+3) study or doctoral study only, and be full-time or part-time.


Soils Training and Research Studentships.

The STARS Centre for Doctoral Training is an exciting consortium of 8 organisations, (4 universities and 4 research institutes) from England, Scotland and Wales; collaborating to create a novel and unique national training experience for the next generation of soil scientists. Funded by NERC and BBSRC the Centre will recruit 11 students per year for 3 years.


Excellence with Impact.

Statistics and operational research are fundamental to today’s data-driven decision-making processes. STOR-i students enter a vibrant research environment which provides training at the interface of statistics and operational research.

The STOR-i Centre has a very distinctive mission, benefiting from considerable input and investment from industry and the public sector. Our shared vision is to develop highly employable people who have a proven capacity for delivering excellent research at the interface of statistics, operational research and industry and with the skills needed for effective careers.