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PhD South West Biosciences - SWBio (BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership)

 Course Level
Full Time

4 Years
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 Tuition fee

14200 GBP
4145 GBP
4145 GBP

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Biomedical Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
GRE (avg)610
GMAT (avg)23

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About this course

The South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP) is led by the University of Bristol, together with the University of Exeter, the University of Bath, the University of Cardiff and Rothamsted Research.

A structured approach to training is adopted, with compulsory common training units in year 1 in addition to two laboratory rotations in different disciplinary areas related to the research project. This enables the student to refine their area of study at the end of year 1 with their research studies continuing through years 2-4. An MRes exit route is available at the end of year 1. All students must also complete a 3 month internship outside their area of academic expertise. Students must submit their thesis by the end of year 4.

These institutions present a distinctive cadre 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 government.

The South West Doctoral Training Partnership is one of a limited number of doctoral training partnerships funded by the BBSRC to provide PhD training across the UK in areas of strategic relevance. We provide training in two key areas: agriculture and food security, and world-class underpinning bioscience, with approximately 23 studentships available each year across the partnership.

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Eligibility Criteria

Selection process - Online application form

English language requirements :

One of the following:

  • • IELTS : 6.5 overall, minimum 6.5 in any band.
    • TOEFL : 92 minimum 23 any part, 24 in writing
    • SAT : 610
    • ACT : 23

Admissions statement : Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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Course Modules

First year:

In the first year we aim to deliver a broad awareness of the fundamental research approaches in life sciences and how they could be applied to real-life situations through taught units and rotation projects.

Students need to complete 3 common training units and also experience two laboratory-based rotation projects. These are in different disciplinary areas related to their field of research, and help them to refine their research interests and project at the end of year 1.

Second to fourth years:

The remaining three years will be more like a conventional PhD, with progression based on year reports and vivas. You will be taking on full-time research and likely to be based in the research group of your main supervisor.

You will also have the opportunity to attend a number of annual conferences (for example the South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership conference), workshops, outreach events, innovation schemes (for example the BBSRC Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES)) and SWBio DTP cohort activities, where you will get the chance to meet and interact with other students from the partnership.

To help identify your ongoing skills development, you will be involved in generating individually tailored Professional Development Plans that will be incorporated into an interactive website.

Professional Internships for Postgraduate Studies (PIPS)

There is also the opportunity to take part in a three-month full-time internship (or part-time equivalent) in a non-research environment. This forms a compulsory part of your training. Internships are increasingly being seen as essential steps in many career and are intended to broaden the scope of your employability post-graduation, in particular encouraging you to use your doctoral training skills in a broader range of careers.

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How to Apply

  • Open to international students : YES
  • Due to the nature of the funding, fully funded studentships for this programme are only available to Home/EU students. However other students with their own sources of funding can apply to join the programme.

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