Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme
Four Year BBSRC funded PhD studentships
The University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Rothamsted Research (Rres), has devised an innovative integrated four-year Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) that will provide PhD students with a world-class training programme in Biotechnology and Biological Sciences. This programme is supported by nearly £6m from the BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council).
About the Programme
BBSRC DTP presentation video
This DTP will deliver a wide range of skills development targeted to prepare students for a successful research career, and will generate a community for the exchange of ideas and experiences within and across student cohorts.
In addition to their research project, all students will enlist on a common programme of training for the first six months of PhD study, split equally into high-level modular training and laboratory rotations, and take part in a three month professional internship placement.
A number of schools will be involved in the delivery of this Doctoral Training Partnership Programme;
See also Clostridium Research Group
We are keen that students gain early experience in the laboratory and in varied laboratory environments, preferably crossing disciplines. Early in the programme, potential project supervisors (from Nottingham & RRes) will showcase their research, to enable students to choose three laboratory rotations, each of which will last for 6 weeks. This will enable students to make an experience-based decision about the research programme they will pursue for their PhD studies, and to engage with potential supervisors in devising the research plan.
The DTP programme focuses on three main research themes;
Global Food Security
Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
Molecules, cells and organisms
All DTP students will participate in a programme of researcher development based on the Researcher Development Framework (RDF). DTP students will enlist on a common programme of training for the first six months of PhD study, split equally into high-level modular training and laboratory rotations. The programme will offer a range of opportunities for students to develop skills such as communication, team-working, leadership, IT skills through training and a range of student-led, supported projects in areas such as public engagement and entrepreneurship. To see an example of research training for this year see the information for current students.
Professional Internship (PIP)
The PIP will be in the form of a three month placement not directly related to the PhD project. It will offer DTP students experience in one of a number of career sectors including: teaching, policy-making, media and industry.
For more detailed information on the structure of the DTP see the 2013 Handbook.