Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme

How to apply

Once you've read about our training programme and decided on the research areas 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.


Only UK and EU students can apply to this doctoral training programme. International students are not eligible.


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. More information can be found in this eligibility guide (PDF).

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 CV and academic transcripts.

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3. Submit references

You need to supply two references. Your referees will need to complete this reference form and submit it online. It's a good idea to attach the form when you request your references, but they can also download it from our website.

Submit reference form


After you apply

Once the deadline has passed, all applications will be considered by a panel of academics who will select candidates to come in for an assessment centre. You will find out if you have been successful at this stage around four 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, a transferable skills panel and a group task. You will have the opportunity to meet with current DTP students and go on facilities tours. Please note that you should expect your interview to take place over video call in this round of recruitment due to Covid-19. You will be told when you can expect to hear the final outcome at your interview.

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