Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) awarded funding to the University of Nottingham and its consortium partners for this Doctoral Training Programme (DTP), designed to tackle worldwide issues such as food security, new sources of energy and sustainable sources of chemical products.

Programme overview

The BBSRC DTP provides PhD students with a world-class training programme and a wide range of skills development to prepare them for a successful research career in biotechnology and biological sciences.

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

  • Biotechnology

  • Agriculture and Food Security (AFS)

  • Biosciences for Health

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

  • the opportunity to work in different research environments and try different projects during lab rotations
  • research training including an annual conference and training week
  • a mandatory three-month professional internship or placement
  • industry-linked studentships giving researchers the opportunity to work with an industry partner


Studentships include home tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend at UKRI rates. Find out more at: Applicants who are classed as international for fees purposes may apply.

Entry requirements

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

How to apply

For further information please visit the BBSRC DTP website or contact a member of the team at


This information 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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