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Doctoral Training Partnerships

UEA is involved in several partnerships with other Universities and Research Centres, which give our postgraduate research (PGR) students the opportunity to work in and become part of vibrant research communities.

They enhance our PGR students’ research skills through their contribution to exciting research developments whilst providing them with the vital training they need to excel in their chosen careers.

UEA’s participation in these partnerships means PGR students from a variety of Faculties can select a training programme which best suits their research interests.

We are currently involved in:

Norwich Research Park BIOSciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NRP DTP)

The NRP DTP training programme is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The programme is unique in bringing together the resources of five world-class research institutions on a single site – the Norwich Research Park. The aim of the NRP DTP is to train a new generation of bioscience researchers by providing a breadth of professional development training opportunities. Our training is designed to develop the necessary skills to become an effective researcher and make a successful transition into a future career, whether within academia or in other professions. The single-site location of the DTP allows the students to train as a cohort providing a variety of networking opportunities and creating a vibrant scientific community.

All NRP DTP students undertake a workplace placement or internship during their four year programme. This is designed to provide students with direct experience of working in a professional environment. Students have completed internships in a variety of workplaces, gaining experience of policymaking, teaching and the media amongst others.

ENVEAST Doctoral Training Partnership

The EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The DTP enables our PGR students to work on cutting edge research in the broad area of environmental science, at the same time as developing professional, technical and personal skills through a programme of enhanced multidisciplinary training opportunities. Led by our globally renowned School of Environmental Sciences, the partnership also includes the Universities of Essex and Kent, and 11 leading research centres such as the British Antarctic Survey, Marine Biological Association and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and another 10 contributing partner organisations including the RSPB and the Forestry Commission.


ARIES is also funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and builds upon the success of its forerunner, EnvEast. Led by UEA, ARIES also comprises research excellence from the Universities of Kent, Essex, Plymouth and Royal Holloway University of London. Students may also be hosted at 9 world-leading Research Centres, and work with other 40 other collaborative partners. 

ARIES research tackles virtually every possible discipline represented within the remit of NERC and provides opportunities for students to engage with truly interdisciplinary research. Undertaking an ARIES PhD studentship provides a gateway to make outstanding contributions to your discipline and apply your knowledge to the critical challenges facing the global environment.

EnvEast, ARIES, and the Cambridge University Earth Systems Science (ESS) DTP have an alliance known as CEEDA (Cambridge-EnvEast Doctoral Alliance), which enhances the training and networking opportunities for our research students through joint events and symposia.

NEXUSS Centre for Doctoral Training

The Next-Generation Unmanned System Science (NexUSS) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The CDT Is a consortium led by the University of Southampton alongside five other partners - the British Antarctic Survey, Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh), National Oceanography Centre, Scottish Association for Marine Science and UEA, the only UK University to own and operate its own glider fleet.

NexUSS provides specialist training for PGR students in the increasingly vital area of Smart and Autonomous Observation Systems (SAOS) for Environmental Sciences. Doing a PhD studentship with NexUSS offers the rare opportunity of integrating environmental, engineering and Big Data technology as well as experiencing training at world-leading institutes at the forefront of innovation.  Students of NexUSS will create a community of highly skilled people whose expertise will contribute both to scientific breakthroughs and to economic growth.

The CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership

The Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) brings together 9 leading institutions engaged in collaborative research activities. These are the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex, the Open University, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London and SOAS, University of London. Colleagues across these institutions have been working for more than three years to develop a new and unique environment in which to undertake doctoral research.

It is central to the CHASE ethos that serious disciplinary research is interdisciplinary. Across the arts and humanities, we study periods, cultures and communities in which modern disciplinary boundaries simply did not and do not exist; equally, emergent or less-established fields of study require new forms of attention, practice and communication.

CHASE supports discipline-based projects, but also specialises in interdisciplinary research and research in emerging fields of study and creative practice. Our research and training environment encourages doctoral researchers to develop new methodologies. In addition, our network of partnerships with leading organisations in the creative and public sectors provides an outstanding resource for CHASE scholars.

SENSS Doctoral Training Partnership

The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Consortium has recently been awarded a Doctoral Training Partnership by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The Consortium consists of the following UK Universities in addition to UEA: City University London, Essex (the co-ordinating institution), Goldsmiths, Kent, Reading, Roehampton, Royal Holloway, Surrey and Sussex.

SeNSS will offer fully-funded doctoral studentships each year for the next six years, with the first intake of students starting in October 2017.  Through our 13 training pathways, advanced skills modules, cohort development, and engagement with research users and practitioners, SeNSS is committed to providing world-class doctoral training for the next generation of social scientists.

A distinctive feature of SeNSS is a focus on the impact of the social sciences. SeNSS will enable students to build strong relationships with both academic, user and practitioner networks at a number of different levels, with our consortium already containing over 200 existing partnerships with external organisations. Opportunities with external sectors are embedded in the design of training pathways, and the involvement of research end user and practitioner partners will be reflected in various cohort development activities. 

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in
Agri-Food Robotics: AgriFoRwArds

AgriFoRwArdS is the world's first Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Agri-Food Robotics. The Centre has been established by the University of Lincoln in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia.

The Centre brings together a unique collaboration of leading researchers together with the Manufacturing Technology Centre and supported by some of the leading industrial partners from across the food, farming and robotics industries including John Deere; Syngenta; G’s Growers; Beeswax Dyson; ABB; the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board; and Defra's Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science (Cefas).

For more information visit UEA's AgriFoRwards Centre for Doctoral Training page.