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Doctoral Training Partnership in Biosciences

Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham (NLD)
Doctoral Training Partnership in Biosciences

The Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham (NLD) DTP is a strategic Partnership in Biosciences doctoral training between three research-intensive universities in northern cities of great industrial heritage, Newcastle University, the University of Liverpool and Durham University.

The Partnership is offering up to 28 four-year BBSRC-funded studentships starting in October 2020. A wide range of projects across the Partnership are available for application under the broad themes of:

  • Agriculture & Food Security;
  • Systems Biology and Technology Development;
  • Industrial Biotechnology, Synthetic Biology and Structural Biology;
  • Regenerative Biology, Stem Cells and Neuroscience;
  • Ageing Diet and Health.

BBSRC DTP CASE awards enable students to undertake research projects that involve both an academic and non-academic partner. CASE studentships provide outstanding students with access to training, facilities and expertise not available in an academic setting. The partner organisation also benefits from recruiting a motivated, doctoral student who is capable of undertaking cutting-edge research.


All studentships will cover a tax-free stipend at the UK Research and Innovation rate (indicative amount in year 1 in 2019/20 is £15,009), research costs and tuition fees, and are available to UK students and to EU citizens who have been in the UK for the three years prior to the academic year 2019-20. Fees only studentships (no stipend) are available to EU citizens who have been a resident of the EU but not UK.


Further information about eligibility for UK Research and Innovation funding can be found at the following website.

Entry Requirements

Students who have, or are expecting to attain, at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, are invited to apply by submitting a full CV and covering letter, plus an Additional Details Form, to [email protected] by 17 January 2020. We encourage students to search all available projects, and make a single application listing at least one, and up to three, preferred projects in total.

Informal enquires may be made by email to the relevant supervisor.

The multidisciplinary training experience and interdisciplinary nature of some of the projects means that we welcome applications from students with physical science and mathematical backgrounds who are interested in using their skills to address the challenges of 21st century bioscience research.

Closing date for applications: Friday 17th January 2020

For more information and how to apply:

Doctoral Training Partnership in Biosciences

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