Study with us

The Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA), is a consortium of research-intensive Universities and research institutes that are working together to provide excellence in doctoral research training in Earth and Environmental Sciences. 

Study with us

Explore all of our current opportunities and different research areas that you can study with us.

Training schedule

Our training includes lots of student support throughout and also a residential in the first year to help you prepare.

Our partners

Find out more about the various institutions and Universities involved in our training programme.

Our student’s stories

Adam Beresford-Browne

I would say ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’ – so think big and ask the big questions.


Photo of Ed Bannister, one of our programme students

Make sure your PhD is in the right subject area, that you’re the right person for it.


Photo of Vicky Bowskill, one of our programme students

CENTA can be the place for you, no matter what your background or diversity.



At CENTA we aim to develop well-rounded students confident in a wide range of scientific, research, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills. Such individuals will go on to become future sector leaders, equipped with not only specialist and technical expertise in their research fields, but also the ability to translate research into impact and to address the complex and shared environmental challenges facing society.