BBSRC Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Nottingham, SCOTLAND
Deadline: 31 Jul 2017

Closing Date
Monday, 31st July 2017

Studentships available for a 4-year Interdisciplinary PhD programme in Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy – starting October 2017

50 projects are available from across a range of topics and will be supervised by academic staff from multiple disciplines, including biosciences, life sciences, physical sciences and engineering.

View all Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomypr ojects on offer for 2017/18

Example project areas:

·         Biocatalysis and enzyme engineering (directed evolution, enzyme design) for the synthesis of high-value chemicals.

·         Using the approaches of synthetic biology, molecular biology and microbiology to manufacture chemicals, biofuels and novel metabolites

·         Optimisation and production of biopharmaceutics/biologics and the use of bioconjugation to produce hybrid biomaterials.

·         Development and scale up of novel, sustainable bio-based manufacturing processes.

Please note there are a few additional projects available for industry focused studentships. For more information contact us directly.

About the Doctoral Training Partnership

The Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary PhD training programme for an annual cohort of around 50 students.

In the first six months you will gain valuable lab based experience by undertaking a series of 3 mini-projects.  During this time you will also be provided with training that underpins Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy research. This including training in statistics, experimental design and more advanced techniques including protein chemistry, bio-imaging and in vivo training.  There is also a comprehensive series of general training which include: how to create a research poster, protecting IP, entrepreneurship and communicating your science to the public.

At the end of the first six months, you will choose a PhD project that develops from one or more of your mini-projects­. Details are available for some of the projects on offer for 2017/1 8 .

One of the highlights and integral aspects of this scheme is that it includes a 3 month placement. This means you will get the opportunity to select a placement from our fantastic portfolio of national and international organisations to expand your transferable skills and enhance your employability.


Applications are invited from students with backgrounds in Bioscience, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical/Biochemical/Process Engineering, Environmental Science, Pharmacy, Computer Science, Maths or related disciplines who have/expect to graduate with a first/upper-second UK Batchelor honours degree, or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK. Students with an appropriate Master’s degree are particularly encouraged to apply.

Funding Details

Funding is available for four years from late September 2017.  A full award covers fees plus an annual stipend. This is set by the Research Councils and is £14,510 for 2017/18.

Eligibility for full funding is restricted to UK and EU students, with a limited number of places available covering both fees and stipend/living costs for EU Nationals who have not previously worked or studied in the UK.


How to apply

Applicants (and referees) should go to to download the application and reference forms.

Applications should be sent via email with the subject line ‘BBSRC DTP IBB’ to .

If you are interested in industry focused studentships please with the subject line ‘BBSRC DTP industry’to enquire further.


Enquiries should be sent to:

Please quote ref: BBSRC DTP IBB

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