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 London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo)

London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo)

The London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo) is an immensely successful collaborative partnership offering world-class interdisciplinary research across the breadth of BBSRC scientific remit.

LIDo unites an exciting team of outstanding universities and unique specialist institutions to provide a truly remarkable and unparalleled opportunity for innovative cutting-edge research in the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant and scientifically stimulating cities.

In September 2021 LIDo will be offering 41 fully funded studentships across our DTP and iCASE routes of entry; these include home/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend in the region of £17,285.

DTP Route

In the first year of the programme DTP students will undertake two 4-month research projects in different partner institutions, selecting from a catalogue of over 200 topics. The choice of PhD topic is finalised after the second rotation project.

Research opportunities are available in a wide range of areas including, but not limited to Ageing, Animal Health and Welfare, Crop, Plant and Soil Sciences, Immunology, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Microbial Food Safety, Neuroscience, Structural, Synthetic and Systems Biology. Exemplar projects can be found on our website

DTP students undertake a compulsory 3-month Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) during their PhD. This placement provides experience of the wider economic and social contexts and careers within which the research and transferable skills developed during their PhD programme can be usefully employed.

iCASE Route

Industrial collaborative (iCASE) students begin working on their named project from the start of the course. These highly vetted and approved projects represent genuine partnerships between academics within the LIDo consortium and industrial colleagues, allowing students to experience both distinctive environments in a mutually productive and supportive team.

As part of the programme iCASE students will undertake an extended placement of 3-18 months with their non-academic partner.

Training and Cohort Building

During the first-year, students will receive advanced training in fundamental and advanced mathematical, computational and statistical skills for interdisciplinary and systems biology research. Expert in-house training in biological concepts from leading LIDo academics is available for students joining us from a non-biological background, as well as exposure to the history, trends and structure of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries via Birkbeck’s Bioindustry MSc module.

Each year a week of cross research council remit teaching cushions the two rotations providing students the opportunity to hear from academic, industry, government and not-for-profit speakers on a range of topics in the boundaries of BBSRC remit and networking events across London’s postgraduate research community.

The extraordinary LIDo teaching and research-intensive environment sits within a framework of robust and established cohort building activities, culminating each year in an academic retreat for the students.

 London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo)


We enthusiastically invite applications by all highly motivated students from a wide range of academic backgrounds including biological, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical disciplines.

Applicants must hold, or be expected to achieve, a first or high upper second class honours degree (or equivalent), or an MSci or other Masters degree.

For details on how to apply and the link to our online application form please go to:

The application window will close on Friday 22nd January 2021 at 5pm.


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