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South Coast Biology Doctoral Training Partnership (BBSRC)

South Coast Biology Doctoral Training Partnership (BBSRC)

The University of Kent is proud to be part of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funded SoCoBio Doctoral Training Partnership, a collaboration of the Universities of Southampton, Kent, Sussex and Portsmouth, and the horticultural and agricultural research institute NIAB EMR.

The consortium funds around 28 4-year PhD studentships annually and provides PhD students with a unique opportunity to undertake bioscience research and training in the following themes:

  • Understanding the rules of life.
  • Bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food.
  • Bioscience for renewable resources and clean growth.
  • Bioscience for an integrated understanding of health.

There are three types of SoCoBio studentships available: Standard, CASE and Industry.

For standard and CASE studentship entry, students are recruited to the four-year programme rather than to a specific project. Once accepted to the programme, students are asked to choose their first rotation project from this portfolio of projects. After two four-month laboratory rotations, students are invited to finalise their PhD project choice.

Industry co-funded studentship entry is direct to the project and students do not undertake rotations.

Find out more about the projects led by Kent supervisors.

Scholarship value

These scholarships include a doctoral stipend (equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend, £15,609 in 2021/22 (2022/23 rate to be announced), tuition fees at the home rate and access to further research funding.


Application deadline: Midnight, Monday 10 January 2022.

For more information about the application procedure visit: southcoastbiosciencesdtp.ac.uk/apply/


UKRI has updated their eligibility criteria for all UKRI-funded postgraduate studentships for 2021/22 academic year. Both home and international students will be eligible for the full award funding (stipend to support living costs and fees at research institutions UK rate).

Candidates should have a BSc/MSci 2:1 and/or Masters (MSc or MRes) at Merit/Distinction level (>60%) and/or evidence of significant relevant professional experience equivalent to Master’s level. SoCoBio welcomes applications from candidates with sustained experience beyond their undergraduate degree level that is specifically relevant to biosciences research. This includes students with degrees in science or engineering-disciplines outside of biology.

More criteria and requirements for applicants can be found here.

Further details

Covers a wide range of disciplines, including biomolecular sciences, genetics, developmental biology, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, animal sciences, plant sciences, neurobiology and psychology, human diet and health, biomaterials science, soil science and related areas of engineering.

How to apply

PhD projects with supervisors at Kent as part of the South Coast Biology Doctoral Training Partnership (SoCoBio) can be found here.

It is strongly advised to contact potential supervisors to discuss your application.

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