Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme

How to apply

Once you've read about our training programme and decided on the research areas or projects you're interested in, you're ready to apply.

This step-by-step guide will take you through the application process.

Before you apply

1. Check your eligibility

You need to meet two key criteria in order to be eligible to apply.


This second round of recruitment is only open to Home students.  


You need 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. 

English not your first language?

If English isn't your first language, you will also need to meet the relevant English language requirements. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) is required, though we also accept alternative qualifications.

If you require additional support to develop your language skills, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education.



2. Complete the online application form

Share your motivation and how your skills and experience are relevant to the programme. You should also demonstrate how you would benefit from participating in the doctoral training programme and how you will contribute to your academic community as a result.

Once you have completed your application form, you can submit it online along with your academic transcripts. The DTP does not accept CVs with applications. Your name, age, gender and previous institutions of study will be removed from your application prior to sifting and you must not make reference to this information on your application form.

Submit your application

We recommend that you submit your application well ahead of the deadline as late applications will not be accepted.


You need to supply the details of two referees. The DTP will request references if you are shortlisted for interview. 


After you apply

Once the deadline has passed, all applications will be considered by a panel of academics who will select candidates to attend a two part DTP interview. You will find out if you have been successful at this stage around six-eight weeks after the deadline. Candidates shortlisted for interview will receive a list of potential projects which will be on offer within the programme, and asked to submit a shortlist prior to interview.

Our assessment centres include a presentation on your previous research experience, an interview with an academic panel and a transferable skills panel. You will be told when you can expect to hear the final outcome at your interview.

Candidates interested in the CASE programme will also have a CASE interview with the project supervisory team as well as participating in the DTP interviews.

All communications, such as invitations to interview and final offers, are sent via email. 


Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466946