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BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

University of Nottingham & Rothamsted Research BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Four year PhDs available in the research area Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy – Starting October 2019.

The University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Rothamsted Research (RRes) and its consortium partners, have devised an integrated four-year Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) that provides PhD students with a world-class training programme in Biotechnology and Biological Sciences.

BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Approximately 50 projects are available to pick from across a range of topics and will be supervised by academic staff from multiple disciplines, including Biosciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Medicine, Pharmacy, Psychology and Veterinary Medicine and Science. Consortium partners include: Crops for the Future Research Centre in Malaysia; Diamond Light Source; East Malling Research; and Research Complex at Harwell.

Project areas include:

  • biocatalysis and enzyme engineering (directed evolution, enzyme design) for the synthesis of high-value chemicals.
  • solving problems with product toxicity in microbial fermentations.
  • optimisation and production of biopharmaceutics/biologics and the use of bioconjugation to produce hybrid biomaterials.
  • sustainable bio-based manufacturing processes, including distributed manufacturing.
  • synthetic biology approaches to manufacture chemicals and biofuels.
  • stem cell biology and tissue engineering.
  • sensory science, brewing science/fermentation.

View all Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy projects at: projects on offer for 2019/20.

About the Doctoral Training Partnership

You can find out more about the DTP on our website.


Applications are invited from students with backgrounds in Bioscience, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical/Biochemical/Process Engineering, Environmental Science, Pharmacy, Computer Science, Maths or related disciplines who have/expect to graduate with a first/upper-second UK Bachelor honours degree, or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK. Students with an appropriate Master’s degree are particularly encouraged to apply.

Funding details

Funding is available for four years from late September 2019. A full award covers fees plus an annual stipend. This is set by the Research Councils and is £15,009 for 2019.

Please note that scholarships will be awarded on the following basis: Eligibility for full funding (fees and stipend) is restricted to Home and eligible EU students.

There are a limited number of places available covering both fees and stipend for EU Nationals who have not previously been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years.

International students are NOT eligible to apply.

How to apply

Applicants should apply via the DTP website.

All application should be submitted online by the deadline: Wednesday 31st July, 12:00 noon..

Enquiries should be sent to: [email protected]

Please quote ref: BBSRC DTP IBB

Closing date: Wednesday 31st July, 12:00 noon.

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