Training Programme

Doing a PhD in a doctoral training entity (Doctoral Training Programme or Centre for Doctoral Training) differs from the standard PhD path in that there is a greater focus on wider skills development and training, within a cohort approach.

In order to develop the next generation of world leading scientists addressing zoonotic threats, OneZoo CDT students engage in a variety of different training activities. In addition to working up their research plan with their supervisor, students spend their first year attending various training activities based on common core skills and skills relevant to their particular project. In addition to core skills training, students participate in cohort-based ‘real world’ challenges set by the institutional partners. An outline of the training schedule is provided below:

The training begins with a residential induction week in Cardiff, focused on introducing the students to the world of zoonotic disease research in different sectors and forming a close-knit interdisciplinary community of like-minded early career researchers. For a glimpse into the residential induction week, click here.

With our ever-growing list of relevant partners in the zoonotic disease research field, we also offer bespoke training packages, such as Policy Week, hosted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Find out more about our trip to Westminster here.

See how we envisage the transition of our students from Novice Disease Biologists into the Effective Disease Biologist below:


Every OneZoo project must have association with an industry/organisation partner. Some of our partners have agreed to host our students for placements in a variety of formats. Find out more about the potential partners available for placements here.