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BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Biosciences

BBSRC 4-year PhD Programme in Biosciences

Interdisciplinary 4-year PhD Programme in Biosciences

The BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Programme at the University of Cambridge invites applications for 4-year PhD studentships starting in October 2017. UK and EEA students who have, or are expecting to attain, at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) are invited to apply.

As well as applicants with relevant biological sciences degrees, 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 to address biological questions. The Programme is a partnership between 16 University Departments and five external research organisations (Partner Institutes).

Projects are available under the BBSRC strategic themes:

The first six months of the Programme is spent completing training in statistics, computational and systems biology, and research skills (Exploiting New Ways of Working), and undertaking two 10-week rotation projects, either at the University or at one of the Partner Institutes. Students then progress to the PhD project. An important element of the Programme is a three month internship to gain experience in a non-academic environment, such as industry, the media, charities, education and government.

The studentship will cover a stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£14,296 per annum for 2016-2017), research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and is available for UK and EEA students who meet the UK residency requirements. Students from EEA countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.

Visit the website: for information about the Programme, eligibility, funding and instructions for applying. The deadline for applications is 1 December 2016, and interviews will be held at the end of January 2017.

Contact: in case of questions.



Welcome to the Graduate School of Life Sciences

We are the largest centre for research and professional training in the Life Sciences in the UK, offering a very special experience to a community of around 2000 graduate students 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.