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UKRI-BBSRC South West Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership

The UKRI-BBSRC South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP) trains PhD students in the biosciences for leadership positions in academia, industry and beyond.

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The South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership provides training in cutting edge world-class bioscience research skills, underpinned by training in numerical and systems-based approaches.

The SWBio DTP differs from most other bioscience doctoral training schemes in providing a hybrid scheme that combines the best of traditional project-focussed studies with a supporting but focussed taught first year with directed rotation projects.

Research themes

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.

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)
  • work with other national/international researchers, as well as fieldwork opportunities.


SWBio DTP is led by the University of Bristol, together with the Universities of Bath, Cardiff and Exeter, alongside Rothamsted Research.

SWBio DTP studentships are funded by UKRI-BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council). The 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.

Find out more

Please visit our DTP website for more details and how to apply

Contact us and indicate your interest in this funding if you want to be kept up-to-date with any further studentships that are published under this scheme.