Find out more about our CDT programme

Our 4 year training programme has been created by our team of world-leading geospatial scientists.

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CDT Programme

The CDT four year (1+3) training programme has been created by our team of world-leading geospatial scientists, informed by our industry partners, and is delivered at state of the art facilities at Newcastle University and the University of Nottingham. Upon completion of training with the CDT, students will developed technical skills and industry focused knowledge that can be applied to;

• Smart Cities
• Urban and Infrastructure Resilience
• Spatially Informed Mobility
• Spatially Engineered Energy Systems
• Long term sustainable Spatial Planning
• Multi-Scale Structural Monitoring
• Social Inclusion and Healthy Living
• Translation to Global Challenges


Funding and Placements

CDT PhD students will receive full fees and an annual living allowance which is based on the UKRI rate (rate for 2022/23, £17,668). A substantive Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) to cover the costs for consumables, travel, conferences, and access to placement opportunities with industrial partners.

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Cohort based Learning and Research

The CDT encourages a culture of vertical and horizontal peer-to-peer engagement and co-working. The centre’s tightly-knit research community, made up of EPSRC and Industry funded students, engage in an integrated manner throughout the programme via cohort-based activities and challenges, they also work collaboratively with industry.


Cohort-based activities will focus on group working and industry interaction, around innovation and entrepreneurship. This will ensure that our researchers will deliver cutting edge solutions for economic prosperity across the geospatial industries and applied user sectors.

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PhD Researcher Training and Development

While studying with the CDT, students will have access to training at Newcastle University and the University of Nottingham that broadly follows the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. Additionally, as the CDT is funded under the EPSRC CDT ‘Towards a Data Lead Future’ priority topic, students will also receive specific training on Responsible Research and Innovation and also Enterprise and Innovation, which will be delivered by experts in these areas.

Interdisciplinary Research Theme

Research students studying with the CDT will receive technical training around five core geospatial themes; spatial data capture and interpretation, statistical and mathematical methods, Big Data spatial analytics, spatial modelling and simulation, and visualisation and decision support. In addition, building on existing internationally leading interdisciplinary research, together with leading research centres, we will develop interdisciplinary PhD research projects jointly supervised between the geospatial expertise of the CDT and the applied domain experts (see Research Themes).

Impacts and Benefits

Working with Industry Partners and Government

Our programme and interdisciplinary research themes have been informed through consultation with over 40 CDT industry partners. Our Partnerships with the global geospatial industry, applied user base, professional bodies, and the public sector will play an important role in ensuring the transformational capability of the CDT to deliver the next generation of geospatial engineers, scientists and practitioners. While studying with the CDT, students will have continued access to our industry network, as well as the opportunity to undertake work placements and conduct collaborative research.

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