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South Coast Biology Doctoral Training Partnership (BBSRC)

South Coast Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SoCoBio DTP)

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.

Scholarship value

These scholarships include a doctoral stipend (equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend, £17,668 in 2022/23 (2023/24 rate to be announced), tuition fees at the home rate and access to further research funding.

Find out more on Kent's SoCoBio page


Both home and international students will be eligible for the full award funding (stipend to support living costs and fees).

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 led by Kent supervisors 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.

Deadline: Midnight, Monday 9 January 2023.

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Applicant Drop-in Session - Online

Come along to our virtual session which will be on Microsoft teams on 13 December from 14:00 – 16:00 UK Time, meet academics from Kent's School of Biosciences who can help you with your PhD application.

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Or, simply join the Teams link on 13 December from 14:00

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