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Biotechnology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

We have 301 Biotechnology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

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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Impact of AAV capsid redesigns on titres, processing and stability

AAV-based gene therapies are often mutated and selected for improved clinical efficacy and safety. This has delivered clinical breakthroughs for some diseases, and yet poor manufacturing efficiency and stability brings unsustainably high costs (eg. Read more

Unravelling mechanisms of drug-induced myocarditis using human cardiovascular-chip models integrated with immune cells

The 4-year PhD project aims to address an important and challenging knowledge gap concerning new therapeutic modalities, such as monoclonal antibodies and cell therapies, that can potentially induce cardiac toxicity in the clinic (i.e., inflammatory cardiomyopathy and myocarditis). Read more

Exploring the regulatory mechanisms underpinning pro- and anti-inflammatory phenotypes of adult stem cells

Adult stem cells offer great potential as a cell therapy through the secretion of immunomodulatory factors. However, understanding what mechanisms underpin the regulation of these factors and the balance between a pro- and anti-inflammatory secretome remains to be elucidated. Read more

Synthetic microbial communities for anaerobic digestion of waste to biogas

Project Outline Lignocellulosic plant biomass is the most abundant waste product generated by society, agriculture and industry. By 2025, global cities will generate approximately 2.2 billion tonnes of solid waste biomass per year, with significant impacts upon health and the economy at both local and global scales. Read more

Precision Medicine DTP - AI-driven drug discovery for diseases of unmet need with high-throughput phenomics data

Abstract. Drug discovery is extremely expensive and most candidate compounds fail at various stages of clinical trials. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has recently emerged as a promising tool to accelerate the search for new active compounds. Read more

Targeting inflammation for early treatment of chronic kidney disease-associated cardiomyopathy

Other supervisors. Prof Andre Ng (University of Leicester), Prof Claudio Mauro and Dr Katja Gehmlich (University of Birmingham). Informal enquiries should be directed to the project supervisor Dr Christopher O'Shea - Read more

Vascular remodelling in the lung during allergic pathology

Asthma is a prevalent respiratory disease affecting more than 300 million people worldwide. It is a disease often characterised by chronic inflammation, airway hyper-reactivity and remodelling, which includes re-organisation and deposition of extracellular matrix components. Read more

PhD studentship - Human Intracortical Brain-Computer Interfaces for Cognition and Control

Award Summary. 100% of home tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £18,622. . Overview. Human intracortical brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) use features of single unit recordings from implanted electrode arrays to decode intended behaviours of users and output this through external devices. Read more

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