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We have 217 Biotechnology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A Biotechnology PhD would provide you with the time and resources to research and develop methods and technologies that make use of Biology to improve industry. This could range from improving the efficiency of a biofuel, engineering pigment-producing bacteria to use to dye fabric, or genetically modifying crops to be resistant to a specific pest.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Biotechnology?

A PhD in Biotechnology would allow you to develop a specialist set of laboratory skills in areas such as gene editing with CRISPR and gene delivery through transformation, transfection, and transduction. Biotechnology programmes sometimes have a linked industry partner, in which case, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a work placement and gain some hands-on industry experience.

Some typical research topics in Biotechnology include:

  • Developing therapeutic delivery vehicles
  • Engineering enzymes for industry
  • Developing or improving biofuels
  • Innovating new methods of using bacteria in industry
  • Vaccine development
  • Developing pest resistant crops

PhD programmes in Biotechnology are mostly fully-funded by either the university, an industrial partner, a doctoral training programme or a mix of these. The projects tend to be advertised, with the scope of the project determined by the supervisor.

Proposing your own project in Biotechnology is uncommon since you need to find a supervisor with research interests that overlap with yours, with all the equipment and expertise you require, and you’ll have to find funding to cover bench and PhD fees.

Day-to-day, you’ll be in the laboratory performing experiments, creating figures and analysing data you collected previously, and talking to your colleagues and supervisor about your methods and results. On completion of your laboratory work in your final year, you’ll submit an original thesis of around 60,000 words and defend this during your viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Biotechnology PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology with at least a Merit or Distinction. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency.

PhD in Biotechnology funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Biotechnology PhDs in the UK is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). They provide fully-funded studentships including a stipend for living costs, a consumables budget for bench fees and a tuition fee waiver. Students don’t apply directly to the BBSRC, you apply for advertised projects with this funding attached.

It’s uncommon for Biotechnology PhD students to be ‘self-funded’ due to the additional bench fees. However, if you were planning to fund yourself it might be achievable (depending on your project) through the UK government’s PhD loan and part-time work.

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Designing of novel aptamer-based AT1R targeted therapeutics against retinal degeneration

1 Doctoral Candidate position (DC5) at BAHÇEŞEHİR ÜNİVERSİTESİ (BAU) Istanbul is available in the framework of the Marie Skłodowska Curie - Doctoral Networks (MSCA-DN) project “Targeting RNA as an approach for treating retinal disease” (RETORNA). . Read more

Next Generation High-Speed Atomic Force Microscopy in the Wolfson Imaging Facility

  Research Group: School of Physics and Astronomy
To better understand diseases and to develop new treatment options, we need to understand very fast biological processes occurring at single molecule level. Read more

Smart biomaterials: developing the next generation of biomaterial structural characterisation

  Research Group: School of Physics and Astronomy
Folded protein hydrogels are an exciting new class of biomaterial which possess specific biological functionality, enabling dynamic changes in mechanical and structural properties in response to biomolecular cues. Read more

Analysing the glycan coat of neurons with nanopipettes

  Research Group: School of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Perineuronal nets (PNNs) are specialised extracellular matrix structures on the neuronal surface that control neuronal plasticity. Read more

Manipulating the Gut Lung Axis to treat experimental Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Manipulating the Gut Lung Axis to treat experimental Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. This project will investigate maximally effective microbiome and dietary interventions in experimental and human COPD to treat clinical trial human patients. Read more

Contribution to Estimation and Control Designs for Constrained Impulsive Nonlinear Systems Applied to Tumour Growth Process

Supervisory Team.   Dr. Zehor Belkhatir, Prof. Matthew Turner. Project description. Impulsive control systems (ICS) have received great attention in the last decade in a wide range of applications, especially biomedical applications for which cancer treatment is a particular example. Read more

Integrating transcriptomic and genomic datasets to investigate human tuberculosis

This project will develop a novel bioinformatic approach to integrate currently emerging transcriptomic datasets with historical genomic datasets to study human infection, using tuberculosis as an exemplar. The student will develop expertise in Next Generation Sequencing analysis to build a multi-omic pipeline which can be applied to other human diseases. Read more

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