Up to 35 fully-funded 4-year bioscience PhD studentships with the SWBio DTP

To view projects available, and how to apply, visit the SWBio DTP website.

Application deadline: Midnight, Monday 4 December 2023



The BBSRC-funded SWBio DTP involves a partnership of world-renown universities, research institutes and industry, based mainly across the South West and Wales.

This partnership has established international, national and regional scientific networks, and widely recognised research excellence and facilities.

We aim to provide you with outstanding interdisciplinary research training within the following themes, underpinned by transformative technologies:


Programme overview

You will be recruited directly to a broad, interdisciplinary project, supported by a multidisciplinary supervisory team, with many cross-institutional projects available. There are also opportunities to:

Our structured training programme will ensure you are well equipped as a bioscience researcher, supporting careers into academia, industry and beyond.


First year

We provide a broad awareness of the fundamental research approaches in life sciences and how they could be applied to real-life situations through:

  • two rotation projects – both allied with but in different disciplinary areas related to the PhD project.
  • three taught units – training in Statistics, Bioinformatics, coding, experimental design, innovation and understanding the impact of your research.

Of note: You will need to successfully complete the first year to progress into your second year of studies.  Also, if you are unable to continue your PhD, an MRes exit route is available upon successful completion of the first year.

Further information >>


Second to fourth years

The remaining years will be more like a conventional PhD, where you will focus on your PhD project.

Of note: The PhD thesis must be submitted within 4 years (full-time equivalent) of starting the programme.



To help broaden your career horizons, you will undertake

  • a 3-month placement of your choice, outside of an academic research environment – examples include working within policy, science communication, industry and scientific publishing.
  • or a 3-18 month industry placement with your CASE partner – CASE studentships only

These are to provide you with highly desirable skills, experience and knowledge that can be applied to many career sectors.

About our PIPS and CASE placement schemes >>


Cohort activities

You will have the opportunity to join many partnership cohort activities, such as student conferences, workshops and outreach events. Here you will meet students across the partnership, giving you access to a multidisciplinary and supportive student network.

About our cohort activities >>


Funding and eligibility

Information about funding and eligibility


Supporting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

We support inclusive and flexible work environments, and welcome applications from all backgrounds and communities.


DTP virtual support events

We have events available to help support you with deciding on a bioscience PhD, applications and interviews.

Further information >>


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