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Biotechnology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 197 Biotechnology 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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New Vibration Speaker Development

The Gel Audio™ Loudspeaker Technology that I co-invented produced high quality sound over a surface through the hydrogel. It was also developed and incorporated into an audio product called the Woweeone. Read more

Bioengineering of bacterial - green chemistry that is “dyeing” to be used

  Research Group: Institute of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation
The world is going green- including the chemical industry with major players promising that all chemicals will be environmentally compatible by set deadlines. Read more

(EPSRC) Engineering synthetic phages to optimize bacterial killing in phage therapy

Rising antimicrobial resistance threatens global health and risks undermining modern healthcare. A highly promising alternative to traditional antimicrobials is phage therapy, the use of bacteria-specific viruses to treat bacterial infections instead of relying on antibiotics1. Read more

Role of nonlinear movement analysis in the understanding of injury onset and rehabilitation in women's football

  Research Group: Institute of Life and Earth Sciences
Return to sport (RTS), following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, and overreaching and overtraining are key injury challenges that affect performance, health, and well-being in women’s football. Read more

Development and application of recombinant antibodies to map pathology-related changes in glycosaminoglycans on breast cancer cells

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS) undertakes a wide range of research from improving knowledge of fundamental biological processes, disease control including developing diagnostics and therapeutics, through to animal health and welfare, and population studies. Read more
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Bioprocess Intensification for carbon dioxide and waste-derived feedstock conversion to bio-based products

This PhD project will combine bioprocess intensification with data analytics to deliver a novel biological conversion route for waste derived feedstocks into an array of bio-based products. Read more

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