South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (BBSRC) at University of Bristol - UCAS

University of Bristol

Degree level: Postgraduate

South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (BBSRC) (Research)

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Course summary

The South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP) is led by the University of Bristol, together with the Universities of Bath, Cardiff and Exeter, alongside Rothamsted Research. This partnership also includes the following collaborative partners; Marine Biological Association (MBA), Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), Swansea University, UCB Pharma, University of the West of England (UWE) and SETsquared Bristol. These institutions represent a distinctive group of bioscience research staff and students, with established international, national and regional networks, and widely recognised research excellence. As research leaders, we have a strong track record in advancing knowledge through high-quality research and teaching, in partnership with industry and the government. The programme particularly aims to provide students with outstanding interdisciplinary research training within the following themes:

  • advancing the frontiers of bioscience discovery;
  • bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food;
  • bioscience for an integrated understanding of health.
Importantly this research training is also underpinned by transformative technologies, allowing you to expand the boundaries of your research through innovative tools, technologies and approaches. You will be recruited to a broad, interdisciplinary project, supported by a multidisciplinary supervisory team, with many cross-institutional PhD projects available that build on the expertise of each of our partners. There are also opportunities to:
  • apply your research in an industrial setting through our projects with an industrial partner (DTP CASE studentships).
  • undertake research jointly with some of our core and collaborative partners (Standard DTP studentships with a collaborative partner).
Some projects will also offer working with other national/international researchers, as well as fieldwork opportunities. Further information can be found on the SWBio DTP website:

Assessment method

How to apply

International applicants

The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students and accepts a wide range of qualifications for postgraduate study. If you study or have studied at a university outside the UK, please select the relevant page for further information on qualifications, scholarships and education representatives in your country/region:

Entry requirements

Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a first or upper second class UK honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. Applicants with a lower second class degree will be considered if they also have a master's degree or have significant relevant non-academic experience. In addition, due to the mathematical component of the taught course in the first year and the quantitative emphasis in our projects, a minimum of grade B in A-level Maths or equivalent qualification or experience is required. Equivalent Maths qualifications/experience: - Physics A-level (grade B and above); - Undertaking units as part of your degree that have a significant mathematical component (for example, maths, statistics, or bioinformatics). See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4758 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4758 Year 1
Scotland £4758 Year 1
Wales £4758 Year 1
Channel Islands £4758 Year 1
EU £26000 Year 1
International £26000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year. For more information, please view the programme page on our website.
South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (BBSRC) at University of Bristol - UCAS