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Doctoral training partnerships

The Centre for Doctoral Studies at King's works with a range of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs). These deliver studentship funding and training for postgraduate researchers and are primarily supported by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

DTPs and DTCs offer three main outcomes:

  • The efficient delivery of more structured training programmes for doctoral candidates including research-specific skills and enhancing employability.
  • Training that alerts researchers to a broad set of methodological skills to supplement those necessary for their specific research project.
  • A sense of community: DTPs and DTCs offer postgraduate research students the chance to be part of a cohort of doctoral researchers by concentrating training into a small number of outlets that offer critical mass.

Furthermore, DTPs and DTCs often provide funded doctoral places in the form of studentships, primarily for Home/EU students.

Doctoral Training Partnerships and Centres at King's

King's College London is part of a number of DTPs and DTCs, either as a member of a consortium with other institutions or as the main host for the centre.

Click on the links below to find out more about the DTPs and DTCs we work with at King's:

London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP)

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership is an AHRC-funded doctoral training partnership supporting PhD studies in arts & humanities. LAHP brings together three global leading UK Research Organisations: Kings College, London (King’s),University College London (UCL), the School of Advanced Study, University of London (SAS).

Click here for further information & to apply for an LAHP PhD studentship

London Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre (LISS-DTP)

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science DTP (LISS DTP), led by King’s College London, in partnership with Imperial College London and Queen Mary University of London, provides social science research students with a unique opportunity to join and develop a research community that springs from the interface between the social science disciplines with health and medicine, the natural and physical sciences, engineering, and the arts and humanities.

The LISS DTP provides studentships in the social sciences, allowing students to work with some of the world’s leading experts in areas that include 1) health, well-being and social inclusion 2) economics and business 3) language, culture and education 4) the environment and urban life and 5) security and governance organised into 13 Thematic Pathways.

Click here for further information & to apply for a LISS-DTP studentship

Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership (MRC-DTP)

Located in the heart of London, King’s College London and our associated NHS partner hospitals provide a vibrant and globally renowned biomedical research community. Our integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to medical research offers a wealth of cutting edge training opportunities in fundamental discovery science, translational research and experimental medicine. Our students undertake projects drawn from across all our Health Faculties in areas as diverse as: structural biology, stem cells, cancer, HIV/AIDS, mental health, population genetics and bioinformatics, therapeutic development, as well as interventional clinical trials. The cohort-focused philosophy of our programme ensures that our graduates experience the full diversity of our scientific endeavour, learn how to collaborate, communicate and think creatively, and leave King’s equipped to tackle key biomedical challenges in a rapidly changing world.

 Click here for further information & to apply for an MRC DTP studentship

Health Sciences Doctoral Training Centre

The Health Sciences Doctoral Training Centre (HSDTC) was established in October 2017 and provides training and development support for all doctoral research students in the four Health Faculties at King’s College London, irresepective of funding stream. The HSDTC:

  • Is structured around seven interdisciplinary research themes;
  • Delivers a bespoke doctoral training programme in research methods and skills, communication and impact, and careers and employability;
  • Offers a framework that encourages collaboration and cohort building across the Health Faculties, via networking events, funding opportunities, and peer mentoring.

All doctoral research students in the four Health Faculties at King's are automatically registered with the HSDTC, and receive a monthly newsletter which highlights upcoming workshops, courses and events, and funding and other opportunities.

London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Biosciences (LiDO)

The London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium is one of the largest BBSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK. Representing an exciting collaboration between six of London's world-class universities and specialist institutions, the consortium provides students with a unique opportunity to pursue innovative interdisciplinary research projects in the heart of one of the world's most vibrant cities.

This 4-year programme is aimed at graduates with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research. We invite applications from highly motivated students from a wide range of academic backgrounds including biological, biomedical, veterinary, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical disciplines.

Click here for further information and apply for a LiDO studentship

Medical Imaging Centre for Doctoral Training (ICDT)

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary PhD programme in Medical Imaging, specifically designed to meet the challenges in healthcare and medical imaging.

King's College London and Imperial College London, two world leading research-focused universities, collaborate to create an interdisciplinary training approach specifically designed to provide a unique PhD experience. The Centre builds on strong existing collaborations between King's and Imperial, including substantial joint grant funding, joint publications and current joint supervision. The CDT is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Click here for further information & to apply for a ICDT studentship

Cross-Disciplinary Approaches To Non-Equilibrium Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (CANES)

The mission of CANES is to train future research leaders in the understanding, control and design of systems far from equilibrium, based on rigorous training in theoretical modelling, simulation and data-driven analysis, and a breadth of awareness of common themes across disciplines.

Additionally, CANES functions as a UK Centre of Excellence for the research and research user community, and a national and international hub in the area of non-equilibrium systems.

The CANES training programme consists of a first year combining taught courses and research projects, leading to the award of an MSc. In years two to four, leading to a PhD, the programme will include open question sandpits, master classes, journal clubs and an annual retreat. 

Students will also be able to undertake internships at a broad range of industrial and international academic partners.

Click here for further information & to apply for a CANES studentship

London School of Geometry & Number Theory (LSGNT)

The LSGNT is made up of 53 mathematicians in three London Universities, with interests in different aspects of number theory, geometry and topology. We already work together in many ways, which include research collaborations and joint seminars and working groups.

The training that we offer as the LSGNT differs from a traditional UK PhD in pure mathematics in a number of respects, and is closer to the US graduate school model (though you will not have to do anything like as much teaching as a typical US graduate TA). In the first year, we offer a broad mathematical training, with an emphasis on topics in geometry and number theory. We also establish an ethos of working and learning together in a friendly and supportive environment. Towards the end of the first year, you will have to agree on projects and supervisors and before the start of year 2, enrol at an agreed College out of the three: UCL, King's and Imperial. The collaborative spirit established in the first year will be maintained by a number of mechanisms including cross-College supervision teams, junior seminars and working groups. Students are encouraged to organise other activities, such as an LSGNT colloquium, an annual retreat and an annual conference.

We expect to recruit students with a wide variety of mathematical backgrounds: some will already have clear ideas about a research project and the necessary knowledge to start right away, while others will not yet have decided where their interests lie. The first-year training will be flexible enough to accommodate and support everyone in the transition from undergraduate to research-level mathematics.

Click here for further information & to apply for a LSGNT studentship

London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (NERC-DTP)

The London NERC DTP is a partnership of nine prestigious research organisations across London, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Our aim is to attain new standards of excellence in environmental science research training, and deliver a transformative inter-disciplinary experience for PhD students in the heart of London. We currently fund 142 PhD students in the natural sciences.

Our students are trained at World-leading research centres, which cover a the breadth of environmental science research, from those driven by contemporary environmental challenges to those exploring complex questions about the evolution of planet Earth. Our PhD programme is focussed on eight key research themesBiodiversity & EcologyEarth, Atmosphere & Ocean ProcessesEnvironmental PollutionEvolution & AdaptationNatural & Biological HazardsPast Life & EnvironmentsSolid Earth Dynamics and Pan-disciplinary research.

Click here for further information & to apply for a NERC studentship 

Wellcome Trust 4-Year PhD Programme: Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine

Now OPEN to APPLICATIONS for a September 2018 uptake, the goal of this programme is to train a new generation of researchers in regenerative medicine.  

PhD supervisors have been selected across departments from King’s campuses, for their expertise in core areas of relevance to regenerative medicine.

Collectively, the supervisors provide knowledge in diseases of unmet clinical need, in innate and adaptive immunity, in organ transplantation and clinical trials of cell and gene therapies.  Supervisors also have scientific expertise in relevant models of endogenous tissue repair, and knowledge of bioengineering, disease modelling, drug screens and cell tracking in patients.

Students of this programme will address these questions with access to King’s world class resources such as the Nikon Imaging CentreWellcome Trust – EPSRC Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering and the MRC Centre for Transplantation. This programme will equip students to further translate science into regenerative medicine so that they graduate with excellent career prospects.

Click here for further information & to apply for a studentship.

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence (STAI CDT)

The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence brings together world leading experts from King’s College London and Imperial College London to train a new generation of researchers in safe and trusted artificial intelligence (AI).

The STAI CDT offers a unique four-year programme, focussed on the use of model-based AI techniques for ensuring the safety and trustworthiness of AI systems. Students will engage in various training activities, alongside their individual PhD project, ensuring that not only are they trained in state-of-the-art AI techniques, but also that they acquire a deep understanding of ethical, societal, and legal implications of AI in a research and industrial setting. Through engagement with the CDT’s diverse range of industrial partners, students will be exposed to the different experiences, challenges, and technical problems involved in both startups and large corporations.

Click here for further information & to apply for a STAI CDT studentship.


To find out more about the training available to postgraduate research students at King's please see our Researcher Development pages.

For more information on alternative and international funding opportunities for postgraduate researchers at King's take a look at our Funding pages.

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