Swansea Science Doctoral Training Centre

Swansea Science is a community committed to doing world-class research that has a positive impact globally. In October 2016, we  launched the Science Doctoral Training Centre to foster a growing, vibrant community of PhD students across the College. This community is a key dynamic in our drive to be the most creative place to do science globally.

The DTC provides a competitive advantage to our postgraduate researchers, preparing them for industry and academia that increasingly looks for "T" shaped thinkers: deeply skilled in a discipline but who can connect broadly with others.

About DTC

Training and Development

Swansea University DTC students are offered training by a variety of sources:

Science DTC Training

The Science DTC organises a number of opportunities specifically for its students through regular seminars on topics including: 

  • Interdisciplinary thinking and methods 
  • Research networking 
  • Responsible Innovation and Inquiry
  • Public Engagement and Impact
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurism 
  • Funding your research 
  • Research-led student engagement
  • Communication skills 
  • Diversity and inclusion and science

Topics are reviewed each year and suggestions for new training opportunities welcomed.

Swansea University's Postgraduate Skills Training offers courses and events open to all postgraduate students at Swansea University on generic topics such as:

  • Writing Tools
  • EndNote 
  • N.Vivo 
  • SPSS 
  • LaTeX
  • Data Visualisation
  • Twitter




We have a number of scholarships available with a stipend and fee level equivalent to a Research Council Home/EU studentship.

Students will (as a part of their professional development) have the opportunity to teach up to 6 hours a week during their tenure. These teaching duties will be remunerated in addition to the studentship stipend.

Fully funded Scholarships:

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the stated deadline.

To apply for this studentship, please download the  research scholarship application form ‌and return it to the College of Science with the following:

  • Academic References – all scholarship applications require two supporting references to be submitted. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as their references form a vital part of the evaluation process. Please either include these with your scholarship application or ask your referees to send them directly to science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk
  • Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates – academic transcripts and degree certificates must be submitted along with the scholarship application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.
  • A recent CV

Applicants should use the ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ section of the application form to explain why the award they are applying for particularly matches their skills and experience and how they would choose to develop the project.

Please email the documents to science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk or post them to:

Recruitment and Marketing Team
College of Science
Wallace Building
Swansea University
Singleton Park
Swansea SA2 8PP

Find Out More

To find out more about the Science Doctoral Training Centre please Dr Bob Laramee or Mrs Sandra Kramcha 

Departmental Training

Departmental Training is targeted at skills for specific disciplines, but are available to all Science DTC students to foster “T” shaped thinking. Opportunities include:

The Joint Visible Lunch / CODAH Seminar

The BioScience Postgraduate Seminar Series 
Topics include training on Social Media, Poster preparation, Writing papers, Peer review, R

BIOM25-Core Science Skills and 
BIOM25B-Science Skills and Research Methods 
Targeted at Bioscience and Geography Students but open to all CoS Students. Topics include: Library and internet resources including WoS, Voyager, Philosophy of science, Experimental design, Ethical issues in science, Plagiarism, Databases and spreadsheets, Presentation skills (Powerpoint and graphics packages), Data analysis with SPSS and R.

BIOM31-Term Papers for Environmental Biology 
Targeted at BioScience and Geography Students but open to all CoS Students. Topics include: scientific literature searches and reviews.

The College of Science Lunchtime Seminar Series 

The PhD in (Data) Visualisation Starter Kit (PVSK)

External training opportunities

We encourage our students to take advantage of external training opportunities during their PhD, such as NERC Advanced Training Short Courses