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The Nottingham BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

  • School: School of Science and Technology
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / Fully-funded


The Nottingham BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership is the partnership of the University of Nottingham,  Nottingham Trent University and the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC). It offers full funded, four-year PhD studentships that are aligned to strategic priorities supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Our training programme is designed to provide you with the skills and experience you need to be successful in your PhD journey and beyond.

Find out more about what to expect on this Doctoral Training Programme and what our students have to say.

What we Offer

Thanks to £15m of funding awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Universities of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent are able to offer this innovative four-year doctoral training programme that will provide you with world-class training in biotechnology and bioscience.

We offer a wide range of skills development opportunities to prepare you for a range of careers, whether in academia, industry, science policy and communication, education or beyond. You will also become part of a community that exchanges ideas and experiences within and across student groups.

You will work alongside your peers for the first six months of your studies, splitting your time equally between high-level training and laboratory rotations. You will also take part in a three-month professional internship placement during your third year.

You can undertake your PhD in one of nine academic schools at the University of Nottingham, and two schools at NTU, with many students opting to take part in multidisciplinary projects across multiple DTP partners or schools. The schools working in collaboration with our programme are:

At Nottingham Trent University:

At the University of Nottingham:

Entry qualifications

A 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant area of science or technology, or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, to be eligible to apply.

If you have a 2:2 or lower, you may still be eligible to apply if:

  • you have a masters degree in a relevant subject
  • you have three or more years of full-time work experience that is relevant to your undergraduate degree or to the PhD projects you are applying for

You may still be eligible to apply if you were not able to complete your degree or achieved unexpectedly low degree results due to extenuating circumstances. More information can be found in this eligibility guide (PDF).

How to apply

The application deadline is 17 January 2023. You can apply here.

Fees and funding

Students with UK citizenship are eligible for the full award. More information can be found here.

Guidance and support

Further guidance and support on how to apply can be found on this page.

Still need help?

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