PhD Studentship Basic Bioscience

BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

University of Nottingham/Rothamsted Research

Studentships available for a 4-year PhD programme in Basic Bioscience

The University of Nottingham and Rothamsted Research are world-leading centres for research and education in the Biosciences. We now invite applicants to our joint, innovative, integrated four-year PhD training programme with research opportunities across the biological spectrum, from Molecules to Cells and Organisms.

Research projects cover both microbial and eukaryotic (plant and animal) systems and use experimental and theoretical approaches in areas such as:

  • Biochemistry and Biophysics
  • Chemical and Structural biology
  • Molecular and Cell biology
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Tissue and Protein engineering
  • Genetics, Evolution and Developmental biology
  • Neuroscience and Behavioural Science
  • Population biology and Ecology
  • Mathematical modelling of biological systems

Information on the kinds of projects that are available can be found here.

In the first six months you will gain experience of working in different research areas by undertaking a series of 3 mini-projects in different labs. You will benefit from a wrap-around tailored training programme. Take a look at the 2013 programme details.

At the end of the first six months, you will choose from a wide selection of interdisciplinary projects to undertake for your PhD. The research expertise within these areas can be found under the research pages of the Schools of Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biosciences, Psychology, Mathematics, Medicine and Rothamsted Research.

Applications are invited from students with backgrounds in Biology, Microbiology, Bioscience, Biochemistry, Genetics, Chemistry, Biochemical Engineering, Environmental Science, Pharmacy, Maths or related disciplines who have or are expected to graduate with a first or upper second, BSc (MSc) or equivalent.


Funding is available for four years from Autumn 2014. This studentship includes a three-month full-time placement outside of the research environment. A full award is set by the Research Councils. 2014/15 rates are currently to be confirmed.


Eligibility for full funding is restricted to UK and EU students.

To be eligible applicants must have (or be expected to achieve) a first or upper second class UK honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK and/or a postgraduate Masters degree in a relevant subject.

How to Apply

Applicants should go to to download the application and reference forms. Applications should include a fully completed application form, CV and two references. Application forms and CVs should be named in the following format: SURNAME-initial-DTP_MCO-application.doc (.docx or .pdf) and SURNAME-initial-DTP_MCO-cv.doc (.docx or.pdf) e.g. SMITH-A-DTP­_MCO-application.doc

Applications should be sent via email with the subject line ‘BBSRC DTP MCO’ to by the deadline: 5th January, midnight.

References should be sent directly from the referees to by the deadline: 5th January, midnight. Please note it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the references are sent in good time for the deadline. Further details are on the reference form. 

Enquiries should be sent to: or come and meet us a central London PhD Funding Fair on 10th December. To find out more and apply to attend please click the ‘Apply’ button below.

Closing Date: 5th January, Midnight.

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