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Integrated PhD in Life Sciences Doctoral Training Programme (iDTP)

Integrated PhD in Life Sciences Doctoral Training Programme (iDTP)

A specialist four-year PhD programme at the University of Birmingham, open for applications for October 2020 entry.

The integrated PhD in Life Sciences has been created to train the next generation of leading scientists and clinicians in all aspects of human life science. It combines PhD research with a programme of structured research, professional and subject-specific training, which allows you to choose a life sciences subject that suits your interest.

The programme is designed especially for those from outside the UK providing additional support to facilitate your adaption to the UK educational system, and is available to researchers joining a PhD programme without a Master’s degree.

Why choose Life Sciences at Birmingham?

Birmingham is a world-leading university for life sciences in health research and education. We are a global top 100 university tackling some of the biggest issues the world faces and making a difference to people’s lives on a daily basis. We are proud to have 11 Nobel Prize winners whose work has made an impact worldwide. Five of those have made major discoveries in life sciences, from revealing the structure of DNA to developing new treatments for heart disease and cancer.

Why study on the iDTP?

The iDTP offers research students the opportunity to undertake taught training in a life sciences subject of their choice and to work with their potential PhD supervisor to develop their PhD project.

It also provides a unique environment for overseas research students to work alongside and integrate with other international students on the iDTP, as well as UK and EU PhD students attending core training sessions and a range of individuals within the research teams at Birmingham.

Collectively the iDTP will strengthen your research, networking and communication skills.

Integrated PhD in Life Sciences Doctoral Training Programme (iDTP)

Programme Structure

The first year will focus on research training with an emphasis on the acquisition of research skills. It will consist of 80 credits of compulsory taught modules and 100 credits of research. You will be able to choose from a wide range of life sciences modules and two hands-on research projects in different research groups allowing you to tailor your programme to your specific requirements. You will also receive training in communicating science in English to a wide-range of audiences and will draft your PhD proposal with your chosen supervisor, which will be your main focus in years 2-4 and culminate in your PhD thesis.

Apply Online

The application process is simple – with no need to prepare a research proposal.

We are accepting applications for October 2020 and October 2021. Applications submitted by 30th April to be considered for an October 2020 start.

For more information on eligibility and the application process, please visit our website and email us with any questions on

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