South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (BBSRC)Find a programme
|Run by||Faculty of Life Sciences Faculty of Science Faculty of Health Sciences|
|Programme length||Four years full-time|
|Location of programme||Clifton campus, Langford campus|
|Part-time study available||
No, full-time only
Part-time study will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
|Start date||September 2020|
The South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP) is led by the University of Bristol, together with the Universities of Bath, Cardiff and Exeter, alongside Rothamsted Research. This partnership also includes the following collaborative partners; Marine Biological Association (MBA), Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), Swansea University, UCB Pharma, University of the West of England (UWE) and SETsquared Bristol.
These institutions represent a distinctive group of bioscience research staff and students, with established international, national and regional networks, and widely recognised research excellence. As research leaders, we have a strong track record in advancing knowledge through high-quality research and teaching, in partnership with industry and the government.
The programme particularly aims to provide students with outstanding interdisciplinary research training within the following themes:
- Advancing the frontiers of bioscience discovery
- Bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food
- Bioscience for an integrated understanding of health
Importantly this research training is also underpinned by transformative technologies, allowing you to expand the boundaries of your research through innovative tools, technologies and approaches.
You will be recruited to a broad, interdisciplinary project, supported by a multidisciplinary supervisory team, with many cross-institutional PhD projects available that build on the expertise of each of our partners. There are also opportunities to:
- apply your research in an industrial setting through our projects with an industrial partner (DTP CASE studentships).
- undertake research jointly with some of our core and collaborative partners (Standard DTP studentships with a collaborative partner).
Some projects will also offer working with other national/international researchers, as well as fieldwork opportunities
Fees for 2020/21
Please see individual programme entries for fees information.
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2020/21
These studentships are available to UK and EU nationals who have established UK residency (EU nationals must have ordinarily lived in the UK throughout the three years preceding the start of the studentship).
The four core universities (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter) have a very limited number of fully-funded four year studentships for EU students who do not meet the residency requirements (1-2 studentships per university)*. Please contact the relevant university for more information.
*These are not available for CASE DTP studentships or Standard DTP studentships with a collaborative partner
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
In the first year, we provide a broad awareness of the fundamental research approaches in life sciences and how they could be applied to real-life situations through taught units and rotation projects. You will complete:
- three co-localised taught units
- two rotation projects
You will need to successfully complete the first year to be able to progress into your second year of studies. An MRes exit route is available at the end of year one should this be required.
Second to fourth years
The remaining three years will be more like a conventional PhD, with academic progression monitored by your registered university. You will be taking on full-time research and are likely to be based in the research group of your main supervisor.
You will also have the opportunity to attend a number of SWBio DTP cohort activities held across the partnership, such as annual student conferences, workshops, research theme activities and outreach events where you will get the chance to meet and interact with other students from the partnership, giving you access to a multidisciplinary and supportive student network.
Students must submit their thesis by the end of year four.
Professional Internships for Postgraduate Students (PIPS)
You will also take part in a three-month full-time placement (or part-time equivalent) outside of an academic research environment. Placements are intended to broaden the scope of your employability after your PhD. In particular, it will encourage you to use your doctoral training skills in a broader range of careers
Examples of placements include working within policy, science communication, charities, industry and publishing.
PIPS is optional for CASE studentships as these projects will involve an industrial placement with the CASE partner for 3-18 months.
A first or upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a biomedical sciences discipline, or closely related subject (eg chemistry, earth sciences, biology, veterinary science). We may consider applicants with a lower second-class degree who also have a master's or significant non-academic experience. A minimum of a grade B in A-level Mathematics (or evidence of an equivalent qualification or experience, eg undertaking units as part of your degree that have a significant mathematical component such as statistics, bioinformatics) is required.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
A wide range of research projects are advertised each year. These are hosted across many schools.
Students who complete this programme are likely to enter research careers within academia or industry, or careers in non-governmental organisations (NGOs), teaching, public engagement or government.
Please refer to individual programmes for staff research interests.
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REF 2014 results
- Biological Sciences:
- 33% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 51% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 15% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.