Our fully-funded studentships enable you to undertake a four-year BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) project in the biological, biomedical, mathematical and physical sciences, with a focus on interdisciplinary training, new ways of working and developing niche skills.
Why undertake a BBSRC DTP PhD?
– Get cross-disciplinary experience and training through project rotations early in the programme.
– Go on a three-month placement in an area unrelated to your project to learn about different careers and improve your employability.
– Opportunity to spend two years at an overseas partner institution (Dual Award) or complete a research placement in industry of up to 12 months.
– Access bespoke graduate skills training, in-house systems biology maths training and the BBSRC’s SysMic programme.
– Have the opportunity to take up CASE studentships offering enhanced training with an industrial partner, which are also available as part of the BBSRC DTP.
All BBSRC DTP projects are designed to provide multidisciplinary challenges for students with backgrounds including bioscience, biomedical, mathematical and physical sciences. Your PhD thesis must be submitted within four years of starting the programme.
Professional internship placements
In Year 2 or 3, you will be required to undertake a three-month professional internship placement (PIP) in an area independent of your research project. This will help you to learn about different career pathways and postgraduate employability – for example business, industry, education, health, policy and the media.
Benefits of the placements include:
- having the opportunity to explore and develop career options and aspirations;
- gaining transferable skills;
- being able to enhance your CV;
- exploring the wider context and impact of your research area;
- establishing links with potential future employers.
We have a dedicated PIPS academic lead and administrator who will help guide you in selecting the most fulfilling placement during your PhD.
Our graduate skills training programme is designed to provide research and transferable skills linked to academic progression, personal development and career aspirations.
You will spend time in the labs of the supervisory team undertaking training via formal rotations, enabling you to gain valuable skills and techniques to complete your project. We also provide in-house training in mathematical methods and analysis, as well as the opportunity to undertake an online programme developed by the BBSRC to enhance your systems biology knowledge and expertise.
Applicants should be UK nationals and have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in an appropriate area of science or technology.
These studentships are available to UK nationals and provide funding for tuition fees and stipend at the UKRI rate, subject to eligibility, for four years.
For full details on eligibility, including qualifications and residence criteria, visit the UKRI grant terms and conditions webpage.
International applicant eligibility requirements (including EU nationals)
The University of Manchester aims to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK.
Funding for this programme will cover UK tuition fees/stipend only. However, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships that will enable full studentships to be awarded to international applicants.
These full studentships for international applicants will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates, due to the competitive nature of this scheme.
International applicants must ensure they meet the academic eligibility criteria (including English language) as outlined before contacting potential supervisors to express an interest in their project. Eligibility can be checked via the University’s country-specific information page.
If your country is not listed, you must contact the Doctoral Academy Admissions Team, email: firstname.lastname@example.org You should provide a detailed CV (to include academic qualifications – stating degree classification(s) and dates awarded) and the relevant transcripts.
Following the review of your qualifications and with support from potential supervisor(s), you will be informed whether you can submit a formal online application.
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