Information for Applicants

Aura Centre for Doctoral Training

Work with industry, drive innovation, develop a sustainable future.

Important information for applicants for funding, eligibility and how to apply.

If you choose to carry out your postgraduate studies with us, you will become part of a vibrant, forward-thinking research community.

With our academic partners at the Universities of Durham, Newcastle and Sheffield and over 20 international Industry partners, the Aura CDT forms a community of outstanding researchers. All students will benefit from individual and tailored mentoring support, with appropriate mentors selected from our academic and industrial partners. Combined with excellent facilities across a wide range of disciplines, the Aura CDT provides a stimulating and enriching environment for the training of doctoral researchers.

Applications will open in Autumn 2020 for Cohort 3 who will begin studying in September 2021.  There will be a further two cohorts at the Aura CDT running in subsequent years. All students start with a full-time, 1 year taught Postgraduate Diploma. This will be followed by a 3 year PhD with one of the academic institutions, aligned with the Aura industry partners or based at the new £12 million flagship Aura Innovation Centre. Here, you will have access to cutting-edge facilities and research support across the partner academic institutions. Part-time study is possible, for more information please contact us directly at

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