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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering

We are currently recruiting for 2022 entry for the EPSRC CDT in BioDesign Engineering. This is an interdisciplinary programme that runs between Imperial College London, University College London and University of Manchester. All students will undertake the MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology at Imperial College in their first year, with an extended project based at the lead-supervisor institution, followed by a 3-year PhD registration in that host institution.

Our aim is to attract students captivated by the excitement of working in Engineering Biology, at the interface of experimental bioscience, engineering and data science. The Programme is interdisciplinary with a diverse community that welcomes students from biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, engineering and computing.

We are particularly keen to recruit students whose experience is representative of the interdisciplinary nature of the course. We are recruiting both to specific projects (a list of projects is available here.) as well as to the programme in general, where students will select a research topic in the first year.

The programme requires at least an upper second class degree (or overseas equivalent). Students must also meet the English language requirement of Imperial College.

All applications will be considered equally, irrespective of factors such as ethnicity, disability, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age and nationality. We are particularly keen to have a diverse cohort of students and consequently encourage applications from under-represented groups within the UK.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering

Applications are open to students with Home fees status as well as those with EU/International fees status. A studentship covers tuition fees as well as a stipend at the UKRI rate for the full duration of the 1+3 programme.

Application process

  1. We are recruiting students both to specific projects as well as to the programme in general, with the opportunity to select a research topic during the first year (subject to internal rules of the CDT to ensure supervisor and institution diversity).
  2. Choose the project(s) you want to apply to from our studentships page, or to the general programme.
  3. Prepare a file with the personal details requested below:
    • Write a one-page statement of motivation, either for the project(s) you are applying to or the programme in general, this will be read by project supervisors and the CDT team alongside your application details.
    • If applying for the programme in general you must state your selected site (Imperial, UCL or University of Manchester).
    • The supervisors are sent all the interested candidate packs and decide who they would like to shortlist for interview.
    • The CDT team will shortlist general candidates for the programme.
  4. Panel interviews are scheduled with the project supervisors, CDT team and other academic representatives.
  5. The CDT team will approve appointments to the programme and a formal offer will be sent to the student. Students should only accept offers if they are absolutely committed to taking the place.
  6. The candidate starts their MRes in October 2022.

Details on how to apply can be found on our website:

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