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BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships Become a future leader in Academia and Industry

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University of Glasgow
05 October 2012

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BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships
Become a future leader in Academia and Industry

The BBSRC has awarded funding to 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships across the UK to provide PhD training in areas of strategic relevance to the BBSRC. WestBio is a partnership between the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde and has funding for 30-60 studentships over the next three years. This includes up to 30 studentships contributed by the institutions in the partnership. WestBio will provide students with excellent cross-disciplinary research training in line with the current BBSRC strategy. These fully-funded studentships commence in October 2013 and are available in a range of academic disciplines across the biosciences.

DTP Programme Overview

The DTP projects are designed to provide outstanding
interdisciplinary training in a range of topics in food security,
biofuels, ageing, animal health, crop science and ‘world-class bioscience’. We offer specialised training in bioimaging, ‘omics, synthetic biology, systems biology, bioinformatics, in vivo mammalian biology and plant physiology/pathology. The DTP studentships are designed to raise the aspirations of students by equipping them with the generic and employability skills needed to become future leaders in academia and industry.
WestBio will follow a 4-year PhD model. In their first six months, students will undertake two lab rotations, each designed to provide key skills and lab experience before finally choosing their PhD project. They will participate in the robust College skills training programme throughout their studies. Students will also spend three months off campus undertaking a PIP (Professional Internship for PhD students). These aim to provide BBSRC funded PhD students with the opportunity to carry out a non-academic work experience placement during their PhD. Such experience is important both to help early career researchers understand the context of their research and to expose them to the range of opportunities available to them after they graduate.

To view projects on offer at each institution and details on how to apply, please visit our websites:

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.
These studentships are available to UK and other EU nationals (due to funding criteria, EU nationals MUST have resided in the UK for three years prior to commencing the studentship). They provide funding for tuition fees and stipend, subject to eligibility. © University of Glasgow 2012

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