Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme


The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has awarded £12.5M to The University of Nottingham and its consortium partners for this Doctoral Training Programme, designed to tackle world-wide issues such as food security, new sources of energy and sustainable sources of chemical products. 

Programme overview

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme provides PhD students with a world-class training programme and a wide range of skills development to prepare students for a successful research career in biotechnology and biological sciences.

The programme has three separate research themes addressing the strategic priorities of the BBSRC.

  • Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (IBB)
  • Agriculture and Food Security (AFS) 
  • World-Class Underpinning Bioscience (Molecules, Cells and Organisms (MCO)

In addition to their research project, students benefit from a programme that includes:

  • a choice of research projects in the first six months that enable students to make informed decisions about the programme they will pursue for their PhD studies
  • research training consisting of modular training and laboratory rotations
  • a 3-month professional internship for PhD students (PIP)


The current (2016/17) stipend rate for UK students is £14,296 (set by RCUK).

Entry requirements

To apply for one of these research projects, candidates must normally hold a first or upper-second-class UK honours degree, or an equivalent qualification gained outside of the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.

How to apply


Please read this step-by-step guide on how to apply PDF format

For further details on availability and how to apply to the DTP, please visit the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme website


This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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