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MIBTP is a BBSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) between the University of Warwick the University of Birmingham, the University of Leicester, Aston University and Harper Adams University.


MIBTP has an ambitious vision to deliver innovative, world class research across the Life Sciences to boost the growing Bioeconomy in the Midlands and across the UK. A key aspect is a commitment to PhD training. We are research-intensive Universities with aspirations to increase the volume and excellence of our research and MIBTP is conceived as both a training partnership and an opportunity to catalyse new interdisciplinary collaborations. MIBTP recognises that success will require all trainees to be fully conversant with a wide range of technologies, with quantitative methods and with the skills needed to investigate advanced ideas across discipline boundaries. Our training will be based on face to face tuition from experts in both dry and wet experimentation and will produce research-skilled, rounded graduates primed to make an impact in their careers.


The emphasis for all projects will be world class excellence. We expect at least 80% of projects to be interdisciplinary and represent new ways of working. Students will choose supervisors from exemplary research communities and well resourced labs at all 5 Universities, familiar through their participation in front-loaded training programmes.

Working Together:

The universities are separate entities, but there is growing cooperation within and between partners because we recognise that not only does interdisciplinarity now motivate most significant research themes but critical mass is vital to ensure global impact. Analysis of our strengths reveals much complementarity which we will build on. The partnership is also built on the experiences of previous and current joint initiatives.

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