Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are one of the three main ways by which EPSRC provides support for Doctoral Training. CDT students are funded for four years and the programme includes technical and transferrable skills training as well as a substantial research element. The centres bring together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today’s evolving issues and future challenges. The Centre also provides a supportive and exciting environment for students, creating new working cultures, building relationships between teams within the universities and forging lasting links with industry.

ISSS is highly involved with the following centres:

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Embedded Intelligence

The Centre, first of its kind in Europe, is hosted across the Universities of Heriot-Watt and Loughborough building on the strong track-record and long-standing collaboration in electronics design and manufacturing, systems integration and services, sensor design and specification and information management with world leading academics in these areas.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

The Centre’s goal is to train innovation-ready robotics researchers to be part of a multi-disciplinary enterprise, requiring sound knowledge of physics (kinematics, dynamics), engineering (control, signal processing, mechanical design), computer science (algorithms for perception, planning, decision making and intelligent behaviour, software engineering), as well as allied areas ranging from biology and biomechanics to cognitive psychology

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics

The CDT in Applied Photonics meets industry's need for highly skilled engineers in the photonics and electronics interface.  Established in 2001, it is the UK's longest running centre of doctoral training in photonics comprising 100 academic research groups in five universities, Heriot-Watt, Dundee, Glasgow, St Andrews and Strathclyde, working with more than 35 companies to apply photonics to deliver solutions to critical scientific and engineering problems.

EngD in Sensor and Imaging Systems

As part of its remit to support training and skills development, CENSIS funds up to 15 research studentships in its first five years of SFC funding via the degree of Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree in Sensor and Imaging Systems, a four-year programme currently offered by the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde. These longer-term research partnerships are designed to allow participating companies to drive and influence a student’s research while simultaneously benefitting from the research and teaching environment provided by a university partner