The emergence, spread and persistence of multi-antibiotic resistant bacteria is considered by the World Health Organization as one of the greatest global threats to human health. Consequently there is an urgent need to better understand antimicrobial resistance and to discover new strategies for preventing and treating infections.
This requires a thorough understanding of the basic molecular and chemical biology of bacterial pathogens and the evolution, impact and spread of resistance, requiring insights from the physical sciences and mathematics as well as the life sciences. The Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre in Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance is designed to train the next generation of multidisciplinary research scientists. The programme is a partnership between the University of Nottingham and the University of Birmingham, funded by the Wellcome Trust, and led by Professor Paul Williams (Nottingham) and Dr Alan McNally (Birmingham). It will incorporate our complementary multidisciplinary research strengths and will be centred on Centre for Biomolecular Sciences and the Institute of Microbiology and Infection.
Students awarded a place on the programme will undertake a 4 year MRes+PhD doctoral training programme (DTP). The first (MRes) year will include two different rotations, dedicated teaching sessions and a short placement to highlight the problems of antimicrobial resistance, antibiotic discovery and development encountered by clinicians and industry. PhD students appointed to the programme will be based primarily at either University of Nottingham or University of Birmingham but will undertake at least one of their rotations at the partner Institution.
Please note that only UK and EU students are eligible to apply for this programme. For further information on eligibility criteria, please click here.
Applications for the 2019 cohort are now open and will close on Monday 7th January at 17.00. Applications will only be accepted through our website and not FindAPhD. Please see our websites for further information on our supervisors, research themes and more information about the Programme, including instructions on how to apply for our 2019 cohort:
University of Birmingham
University of Nottingham