In 2014 Large scale funding totalling £21M was secured to establish a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) within the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty. This CDT is jointly funded by EPSRC and ESRC with a grant of around £4M. The University of Liverpool are investing more than £6M and 36 industrial and academic partners contribute more than £10M in the form of access to facilities, models and data. The CDT partners will provide workplaces and supervision for PhD students during industrial placements as well as training at summer schools and workshops.
The CDT is funded as part of an overall investment of £350m by the Research Councils UK, representing a significant national commitment to new approaches to postgraduate research training. Substantial additional resources are provided to the CDT by the University of Liverpool and a wide range of high profile industry partners, both local and international.
In the CDT, training is provided for 76 PhDs over 8 years within a mathematical/scientific framework providing the essential tools needed to address multi-/inter-disciplinary problems of risk and uncertainty. The CDT is supported by 25 industrial partners, non-profit making foundations or national laboratories and 11 overseas university partners. Each PhD project has at least two supervisors from different disciplines and involves two six-month placements with partner organisations.
The CDT offers students a unique experience based on a ‘cohort approach’ to learning, with direct industrial involvement and exposure to a wide range of disciplines.
The CDT offers a number of 4 year studentships, which include a Master in ‘Decision Making Under Risk & Uncertainty’ in the first year.