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.

  • Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (IBB)

  • Agriculture and Food Security (AFS)

  • 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 an annual Spring School training event, modular training and laboratory rotations
  • a 3-month mandatory professional internship for PhD students (PIP)


Funding is available for four years from late September 2018. A full award covers fees plus an annual stipend. This is set by the Research Councils and is £15,009 for 2020.

Please note that scholarships will be awarded on the following basis:

Eligibility for full funding (fees and stipend) is restricted to Home and eligible EU students.

There are a limited number of places available covering both fees and stipend for EU Nationals who have not previously been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years. International students are not eligible to 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. Please see the BBSRC guide to student eligibility for more information.

How to apply

We recruit 50 students each year to our programme. From 2017 there is a new online application process. Please read this step-by-step guide on how to apply 

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


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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