Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership

Funded PhD Opportunities

Applications are now closed

Number of Studentships available: 50 across MIBTP2020, 13 standard studentships and 6 CASE studentships at University of Birmingham.

Stipend: RCUK standard rate (plus additional travel allowance in year 1 and a laptop)

We are experiencing difficulties with our Admissions system at Birmingham so if you are:

  • Unable to submit your research proposal in the research tab please submit it under supporting documents
  • If your referees cannot be contacted via the system please get them to send their reference to uob-mibtp@contacts.bham.ac.uk including the applicant name and ID if possible.
  • If either of the above is not possible to just send your application or log that you wish to apply to the above email address including any screen shots of dates you have tried to access the system but cannot do so. Any other queries can be sent to this email address.

The Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership 2020 (MIBTP2020) is a BBSRC-funded doctoral training partnership between the Universities of Warwick, Birmingham, Leicester, Aston and Harper Adams. It delivers innovative, world-class research training across the Life Sciences to boost the growing Bioeconomy across the UK.

The projects fall under four MIBTP2020 themes:

For entry in October 2022 the following Birmingham projects are offered:

Download the list of Birmingham supervisors - This list contains a link to the home Department/School/Institute of each supervisor. Please ensure you apply via the 'Apply Now' button at the bottom of this MIBTP home page and apply directly to the specific School MIBTP PhD code (ie Biosciences PhD MIBTP) so we can process your application correctly.

Download the list of CASE studentships available – This list contains a link to the home Department/School/Institute of each supervisor. Please ensure you apply via the 'Apply Now' button at the bottom of this MIBTP home page and apply directly to the specific School MIBTP PhD code (ie Biosciences PhD MIBTP) so we can process your application correctly.

Standard Studentship - Students undertake an initial 10 weeks of training in the methods of modern integrative bioscience, followed by two 12-week mini-research projects and one 12-week professional placement. Our PhD training aims to produce mature, research-skilled graduates primed to succeed in their careers.

CASE Studentship - Students undertake an initial 10 weeks of training in the methods of modern integrative bioscience, followed by one 12-week mini-research project before starting their PhD. During their PhD, students will undertake an industrial placement with an industry partner for between 3-18 months, during this time the student will gain experience of industrial research, but also receive business-related training, for example, in project-management, business strategy and/or finance. Our PhD training aims to produce mature, research-skilled graduates primed to succeed in their careers.

Students from a wide diversity of academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Everyone will join the training programme. You are encouraged to indicate a preference for particular projects at the time of application so that we ensure recruitment into all topic areas, but final project choice is not essential at this time. PhD projects need not be finalised until training is completed and you have had the chance to experience different research environments. MIBTP2020 welcomes those with creative drive in both theoretical (maths, physics or computer science) and experimental (biology, biomedicine, chemistry, or biotechnology) research.

If you are interested in applying please ensure that you are eligible

If you decide to apply for a particular project then click on the “Apply Now” button below then apply to the supervisor’s school/institute (see list of supervisors above for college), this will take you directly to the on-line application system. If you simply want to join the programme without choosing a project then apply to PhD Biosciences FT (MIBTP) without choosing a potential supervisor.

In ALL cases please select “BBSRC Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) DTP” for the Research Council and enter the same details for your Funder. Also please ensure you complete the MIBTP2020 application notification proforma here so we have a complete record of those applying. Failure to do so may result in your application not being considered.