Four year funded PhDs available in Agriculture and Food Security, Bioscience for Health and Biotechnology – Starting October 2021

PhD Studentship

Thanks to £15m of funding awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent in partnership with the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) are offering a fully-funded innovative four-year doctoral training programme that will provide you with world-class training in biotechnology and biosciences.

The DTP offers projects in three overarching research themes: Agriculture and Food Security; Bioscience for Health; and Biotechnology. These themes encompass a wide range of blue-skies to applied research, that span multiple scales of study. Areas include crop and animal sciences from the field to cell level, precision imaging and mathematical modelling, to molecular areas of microbiology and biotechnology, and human health-related areas of neuroscience, immunology, and drug discovery.

We offer a wide range of skills development opportunities to prepare you for your career, whether in academia, industry, science policy and communication, education or beyond. You will also become part of a community that exchanges ideas and learns from shared experiences within and across student groups. You will work alongside your peers for the first six months of your studies, splitting your time between high-level training and laboratory rotations. You will also take part in a three-month placement during your third year.


Funding is available for four years from late September 2021. The award covers tuition fee at the home rate plus an annual stipend. This is set by the Research Councils and was £15,285 for 2020. We are able to offer a limited number of places to international applicants and alternative funding sources will be sought to support international fees.

Job Requirements

Applications are invited from students with backgrounds in Bioscience, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical/Biochemical/Process Engineering, Environmental Science, Pharmacy, Computer Science, Maths or related disciplines who have/expect to graduate with a first/upper-second UK honours degree, or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Nottingham BBSRC DTP is committed to EDI in its recruitment practices and throughout the delivery of our PhD programme. For 2021 recruitment, we are operating a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for applicants from Black and Black mixed backgrounds.

How To Apply

Applicants should go to to apply.

Enquiries should be sent to:


Closing date: Wednesday 20th January 2021, 12:00 noon.

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