In 2016 we commissioned two Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), alongside our Doctoral Training Partnerships, to deliver training in focused, thematic interdisciplinary research areas. CDTs are intended to pump prime the development of training in new and emerging areas and are led by research leaders in the field.

Funding is for three cohorts of at least 10 students per year. The CDTs began taking students in October 2017.

Soc-B (Social-Biological) Centre for Doctoral Training

This CDT is being developed in collaboration with non-academic partners and will support innovative interdisciplinary training at the interface between the social and biological sciences. It will be involved in exploiting the breadth of biosocial data; developing technological and methodological innovations; and exploring the legal and ethical issues exposed by the biosocial agenda both within the UK and internationally. The substantive area of enquiry can be determined by the applicant(s).

It is expected that students will be recruited with social or biological backgrounds, though each studentship must be at least 50 per cent within the social sciences.

Data Analytics and Society Centre for Doctoral Training

This CDT is being developed in collaboration with non-academic partners and will focus on real-time data analysis, data linkage and interoperability of data from different sources. The substantive focus is on 'new forms of data' in a broad sense and on the opportunities provided by these data to study social processes as they unfold. The particular thematic approach and data sources to be drawn on can be determined by the applicant.

CDTs

CDT name Research organisations

Soc-B (Social-Biological) Centre for Doctoral Training

Director: Professor Yvonne Kelly
Enquiries: socbcdt@ucl.ac.uk

University College London (lead)

University of Manchester
University of Essex

Data Analytics and Society Centre for Doctoral Training

Director: Professor Mark Birkin
Enquiries: datacdt@leeds.ac.uk

University of Leeds (lead)

University of Manchester
University of Sheffield
University of Liverpool