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We have 61 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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Thriving with Academia Sinica: Fully Funded PhD Scholarships Available in Taiwan’s Leading Academic Institution

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PhD Positions in Life Science and Biomedicine Research Groups supported by a structured PhD program

The Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB) at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) offers PhD positions… Read more

Fully-funded PhD scholarship in a range of STEM disciplines available at the EPSRC and SFI CDT in Sustainable Chemistry: Atoms-2-Products

The EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Sustainable Chemistry. Atoms-2-Products, would like to invite suitably qualified and highly motivated applicants from all the above or similar disciplines to apply for 48-month PhD studentships to work in one of three research thematic areas. Read more

Pushing the Resolution Limits of High-Speed Atomic Force Microscopy

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Understanding the structural dynamics of complex molecules is vital to advancing our knowledge of materials, medicine and diseases, yet there are few techniques which can capture motions at high enough speeds or resolution to understand the underlying behaviour. Read more

Antibody Purification

We are developing a non-chromatographic, ligand-free general platform for antibody purification that is simple to implement, easy to upscale, cost-effective, and as such may provide a true alternative to the gold-standard technology. Read more

Fully-funded PhD positions in several natural sciences & engineering disciplines

Join an internationally renowned scientific community with the Hector FellowPhD program. PhD students benefit not only from the experience of the program, but also from the network of Hector Fellows. Read more

Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Digital Health and Care, University of Bristol

The future of Health is Digital – we urgently need new technologies for understanding, preventing, diagnosing and managing illnesses that affect millions of people, such as diabetes, depression and dementia. Read more

International PhD Program in Molecular Life Sciences

The Vienna BioCenter is a leading life science location in Europe. a thriving campus that combines basic research, universities and biotech companies. Read more

Masters & PhD in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems at UCL and Cambridge

This 4-year programme is delivered by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems (CEPS CDT), a joint centre between UCL and University of Cambridge. Read more

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Biomedical Artificial Intelligence

Building on the tradition of world-leading research and innovation at the University of Edinburgh, our Centre will train a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists who will shape the development of AI within biomedical research over the next decades. Read more

EPSRC CDT in Bioprocess Engineering Leadership: Complex Biological Products Manufacture

Biological products and their manufacture are progressing to unparalleled levels of complexity. Examples include engineered biocatalysts, antibody-drug conjugates, multivalent vaccines and cellular therapies. Read more

International Ph.D. Programs in the Life Sciences

The Life Science Zurich Graduate School consists of several highly competitive Ph.D. programs. We are run jointly by the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. Read more

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