There are eight EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) associated with the Department of Engineering. Students follow a four year course - 1 foundation year and 3 years of research towards the PhD degree. During the first year, students follow a course of lectures and undertake a number of mini projects. At the end of the first year students are awarded an MRes degree. Successful students are permitted to continue to the PhD degree, a number of Research topics are available in the Department of Engineering, other Departments in the University of Cambridge and in some cases in other institutions.
- CDT in Ultra Precision is a collaboration with Cranfield University. Students are awarded an MRes at the end of the first year.
- CDT in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems (IPES) a joint course with University College London (UCL). Students from UCL and Cambridge can choose modules from both institutions in the first year. Students are awarded an MRes at the end of the first year.
- CDT in Future Infrastructure and the Built Environment - new for October 2014
- CDT in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics – in partnership with Universities of Oxford and Loughborough - new for October 2014
- CDT in Graphene Technology - new for October 2014
- Nano Science & Technology Doctoral Training Centre Cambridge (NanoDTC) is an interdisciplinary PhD program involving several departments, including Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Physics. Near the end of the first year students take part in defining their own PhD projects with 1st and 2nd supervisors from different disciplines.
- CDT in Computational Methods for Material Science - Department of Physics led cross-disciplinary CDT, including Chemistry, Physics, Materials and Engineering
- CDT for Sensor Technologies and Applications - new for October 2014 is an interdisciplinary programme lead by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, involving Departments from the Schools of Physical Sciences, Technology, Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine. PhD projects in the areas of sensor technologies.