Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme

About the DTP

We are currently recruiting students for PhD Studentships starting in October 2019. 

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 11 December 2018.


The BBSRC awarded £12.5M to The University of Nottingham and its consortium partners for this Doctoral Research Programme.

This innovative integrated four-year Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) provides PhD students with a world-class training programme in Biotechnology and Biological Sciences.

This DTP delivers a wide range of skills development targeted to prepare students for a successful research career, and generates a community for the exchange of ideas and experiences within and across student cohorts.

In addition to their research project, all students 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 are involved in the delivery of this Doctoral Training Partnership Programme;


Applications for NPIF Studentship

Applications are currently open for the following National Productivity Investment Fund studentship: Data driven enzyme design for bioprocess applications: New approaches to 3-D structure and property analysis.

This four year fully funded opportunity is available to UK or EU citizens who meet the residency requirements of the BBSRC and are available to start before December 31st 2018.

Please click here for further information.


Research Projects

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 & Rothamsted Research) showcase their research to enable students to choose three laboratory rotations, each of which will last for seven 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:

  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy
  • Molecules, Cells and Organisms

Triangle Projects

Some PhD projects on offer are part of ‘Triangle projects’. This is where three PhD projects are linked, it is recommended that all the projects in the triangle are taken as your three seven week rotations.

The PhD projects in the triangle are linked because there is a common theme in the research shared by each of these projects, or because you have the opportunity to develop skills which would be helpful to you whichever of the three PhD projects you decided to pick for your final PhD project. 


Research Training

All DTP students participate in a programme of researcher development based on the Researcher Development Framework (RDF). DTP students 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 offers 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. 


Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIP)

The PIP (professional internship for PhD students) will be in the form of a three month placement not directly related to the PhD project.

It offers DTP students experience in one of a number of career sectors including: teaching, policy-making, media and industry. You are required to spend 3 months, full-time on a placement as a compulsory part of your PhD.

You are eligible to undertake your placement after the successful completion of your 2nd year review.

Interested companies wishing to host a PIP should contact the DTP for more information.


Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466946