Research course

South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (BBSRC)

University of Bristol · Faculty of Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
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