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BBSRC 4-year PhD Programme in Biosciences


The University of Cambridge are offering up to 30 four-year BBSRC funded studentships starting in October 2016. A wide range of projects is available across 20 world-class departments and research institutes under the broad themes of:

  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy
  • Bioscience for Health
  • World Class Underpinning Bioscience

The first six months are spent completing tailored training courses and two laboratory rotations, before progressing to a PhD. An exciting element of the programme is a three month internship to gain experience in a non-academic environment

Closing date: Tuesday,1st December 2015

UK and EEA Students who have, or are expecting to attain at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in relevant biological subjects, are invited to apply. The interdisciplinary nature of many of the projects available and the training modules means that we also welcome applications from students with physical science and mathematical backgrounds who are interested in using their skills in addressing biological questions.

For full details of the programme and how to apply please go to :

Welcome to the Graduate School of Life Sciences


We are the largest centre for research and professionial training in the Life Sciences in the UK, offering a unique experience to a community of around 2000 postgraduate students spread across departments within the School of the Biological Sciences, School of Clinical Medicine and eleven University Partner Institutes in the Cambridge area.

Every year some of the world's brightest and most determined students are attracted by the opportunity to carry out research projects with renowned scientists in a vibrant, multidisciplinary environment at one of the world's most respected research-led universities.

The School co-ordinates funding opportunities within the Life Sciences for their postgraduate education, as well as ensuring students receive the highest quality supervision and training.