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Doctoral Training Entities

Queen Mary’s Doctoral College works with a range of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), Center for Doctoral Training (CDTs), and Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTPs). These are all collectively known as Doctoral Training Entities (DTEs). These deliver studentship funding and training for postgraduate researchers and are primarily supported by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

DTEs offer the following 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: DTEs 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, DTEs often provide funded doctoral places in the form of studentships, primarily for Home/EU students.

Queen Mary is part of several DTEs, either as a member of a consortium with other institutions or as the main host for the center.

If you have a question about Queen Mary DTEs, please contact the Doctoral College or the respective DTE contact listed below.

To find out more about the skills training available to postgraduate research students at Queen Mary please see our Skills Training pages.

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Realising the potential of AI in drug discovery requires interdisciplinary researchers who have both a deep knowledge of basic biological principles and an understanding of advanced AI methodologies. Recognising that such people are scarce, Exscientia, MSD, Heptares and Queen Mary University of London have joined forces to train the next generation of AI Drug Discovery researchers. Together, with financial support from UKRI-BBSRC, we are providing a total of 21 PhD UK-based studentships.

What We Offer
The AI for Drug Discovery Programme has 21 fully-funded studentship to offer over 3 cohorts of students. The studentship covers a stipend at the UKRI rate (currently £19,668), Home Tuition fees, and a budget for consumables/research related expenses. Awards are 4 years in duration (pro-rata for part-time students), and each will have a level of engagement with Industry, including a placement of at least 3 months in duration.

For further information please visit the AIDD website:

For queries relating to the AIDD BBSRC programme please contact the DERI Institute Manager: Emma Grant 

Based at Queen Mary's Centre for Digital Music, AIM will train a new generation of researchers who combine state-of-the-art ability in artificial intelligence, machine learning and signal processing with cross-disciplinary sensibility to deliver groundbreaking original research and impact within the UK Creative Industries and cultural sector.

Each PhD student will undertake a personalised four-year programme of research supported by specialist taught modules, industrial placements, skills training, and opportunities for co-creation with cultural partners.

For more information about the programme and how to apply click here.

For queries relating to the AIM CDT contact the AIM Programme Manager [Shared] AIM Enquiries:

The BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Partnership (LIDo) funds research which uses mathematical, computational and engineering approaches to solve biological problems. Including cell biology, neurobiology, immunology, physiology, structural biology, chemical biology, biotechnology, microbiology and evolutionary biology.

For more information on this programme and how to apply click here.

This British Heart Foundation (BHF) funded 4-year MRes/PhD programme enrols six students per year, onto a 4-year course, consisting of a first-year MRes followed by a three-year PhD. 

For more information on this programme and how to apply click here.

For queries relating to the BHF DTP please contact:


Formerly the Global Health Research in Africa Doctoral Training Programme. This Programme is a partnership between LSHTM and four other UK universities – Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), Kings College London (KCL), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), and St George’s University of London (SGUL), as well as six African Partner Institutions – Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI, Zimbabwe), Zvitambo Institute for Maternal and Child Health Research (Zimbabwe), Medical Research Council Gambia (MRCG), Medical Research Council Uganda (MRCU), Centre for Innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT-Africa, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia), Zambart (Zambia).

For more detailed information, please go to the dedicated Programme website

The second round of recruitment for the Programme is now open. For more information and to apply, please click here which will open the LSHTM vacancy.


This 4 year EngD offers a novel, enriched and integrated experience in applied research by adopting a high-level approach to research and professional training.

Through the programme we hope to build a world-class cohort of high-tech entrepreneurs and technology leaders who have followed non-typical routes to doctoral training. 

Further info on the dedicated webpage.

For queries relating to the Data Centric Engineering Programme please contact the CDT Manager Gabriella Caminotto:

HARP is a doctoral training programme for health professionals, offering full time salary and consumables for three years.  It is a partnership of QMUL and City supported by Social Action for Health and funded by the Wellcome Trust, Barts Charity, the Trustees of the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust and East London Foundation Trust. 

For further details visit:


This Wellcome-funded doctoral training programme applies human-centred data research to health and care data. It will enable you to draw on concepts, disciplines and methods underpinning algorithmic designs, sensing and data capture, human-interactions, qualitative and quantitative evaluation and decision-making, in real-world settings.

For more information on this programme and how to apply click here.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) is the world's largest PhD research programme aimed at games.

Based at York, Goldsmiths, Queen Mary and Essex Universities, IGGI students undertake a four year PhD focused on developing cutting-edge research in collaboration with industry and social partners including Sony Interactive Entertainment, Bossa Studios, Microsoft Research, or Women in Games.

IGGI students advance entertainment and applied games with research studies, software, patents, algorithms, data analytic techniques and games across a wide range of topics, from AI and machine learning in games, to player experience and game design, to games for health, education, or research.

For more information on the programme and how to apply click here.

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership is an Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded Doctoral Training Partnership supporting PhD studies in the arts and humanities.  LAHP is a partnership between University College London, King’s College London, School of Advanced Study (University of London), Queen Mary University of London, London School of Economics & Political Science, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Royal College of Art, and Royal College of Music.

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

Please send general enquiries to: 

For queries relating to LAHP students at QMUL, please contact Angela Kamara (

The London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to fund studentships in the social sciences. LISS is a partnership between King’s College London, Imperial College London and Queen Mary University of London.

LISS DTP provides studentships in the social sciences 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.

Please send general enquiries to: 

For queries relating to LISS students at QMUL, please contact Angela Kamara (

Students are based at Southampton or Queen Mary researching topics including cancer, neurological, inflammatory or infectious diseases, anti-microbial resistance or global health, with a focus on interdisciplinary studies and whole organism, applying state-of-the-art computational and experimental methodologies to medical research, with potential links with industry (iCASE studentship).

For more information on this course and how to apply click here.


The MRC/NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership aims to improve health by improving the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials. Their MRC Doctoral Training Partnership presents an opportunity to undertake training for a PhD in trials methodology. Three-year funded studentships are available in statistics, data analytics, informatics, computer science, health economics, qualitative methods, mixed methods, clinical medicine and psychology.

For more information on this programme and how to apply click here.

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 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 ProcessesEvolution & AdaptationPast Life & EnvironmentsSolid Earth Dynamics and Pan-disciplinary research.

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

Please send enquiries to

Co-directed by Professors Jef Huysmans, who took over from Professor Engin Isin after his retirement, and Kimberly Hutchings QMUL-LTDS will involve 21 PhD research projects (2018-2023) concerned with how the world is being dynamically constituted by mobile people in active and novel ways and how this affects fundamental social and political institutions. Its aim is to generate theories, concepts, methods, and data that are necessary to understand mobility as a way of life – not as an exception but as an emerging norm. Current research demonstrates that developments in human mobility are interrelated with the ways in which they are studied, interpreted, documented, and managed. Thus, thinking about mobility as a way of life entails reflexivity about the processes of producing knowledge about mobile lives in an increasingly mobile world: how we study, manage, govern, and imagine it.

For further details visit:


DISCnet is an STFC Centre for Doctoral Training, providing a platform upon which we can train a new generation of post-graduate data intensive scientists – over 70 PhD students over four cohorts.

DISCnet is a government-backed collaboration between the South East’s leading research universities; Southampton, Sussex, Portsmouth, Queen Mary University of London, and the Open University. Our remit is to build working relationships between businesses and postgraduate student researchers.

For further details visit:


The school of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science of the Queen Mary University of London is inviting applications for up to 9 PhD Studentships in specific areas in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (please see the list of projects at the end of this page). The PhD studentships will cover tuition fees and offer a London stipend of £17,609 per year. There are scholarships available for home, EU and overseas applicants.

For further information and details on how to apply please visit:

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