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The NEDTC is a joint venture between the universities of Durham and Newcastle that brings together each institution’s strengths in research and teaching to create an integrated centre of excellence for doctoral training in the social sciences.

The NEDTC is one of 21 Doctoral Training Centres across the UK that has been accredited and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to offer postgraduate studentships. We were awarded £9m in 2011 to fund over 28 postgraduate studentships per year over the next five years. This funding is complemented by investment from both of the NEDTC’s partner institutions into studentships, expanding postgraduate training provision and improving student facilities.

Aims and Objectives

The NEDTC’s mission is to offer social science postgraduate students a world-class doctoral training experience and further develop the North East of England’s social science research capabilities. This will be achieved by:

  • Recruiting and training high-calibre postgraduate students;
  • Delivering advanced, cutting-edge, multidisciplinary doctoral training programmes;
  • Providing responsive student supervision and support; and
  • Collaborating with regional and national employers.


NEDTC’s key activities encompass:

  • Recruiting and selecting postgraduate students for NEDTC studentships;
  • Coordinating the provision of social science doctoral training across NEDTC’s partner institutions;
  • Monitoring the progress of NEDTC-funded students;
  • Promoting links between NEDTC students and NEDTC-accredited departments and schools with regional and national employers; and
  • Hosting a range of lectures, seminars and other events that promote social science research in the region.