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Industrial Collaboration PhD Studentships

CASE Studentships

MIBTP has 12 CASE studentships available for September 2022 entry; please see below for application deadlines.

These studentships are an excellent opportunity to initiate new industrial contacts, develop existing links and help enhance the impact of research. The BBSRC-funded CASE studentships are designed to provide students with a first-rate challenging research training experience within the context of a mutually-beneficial research collaboration between academic and non-academic partner organisations. Joint supervision should provide the student with a unique and broadening perspective on the impact of collaborative research, and allows the student to acquire novel skills and expertise.

Through the industrial placement a CASE student will gain a wider understanding of, for example, applied research or policy development that will enhance their future career prospects. In addition to experience of an industrial research environment, the student will receive business-related training, for example, in project-management, business strategy and/or finance. BBSRC stipulates a placement period of a minimum of 3 months, and up to a maximum of 18 months. The required placement period can be accrued through a number of shorter placements, if appropriate.

Awarding these collaborative studentships through the Doctoral Training Partnerships enables the students to take advantage of the additional benefits offered by DTPs, such as cohort-based learning and skills training provision.

CASE students must fulfil the MIBTP entry requirements and will join the MIBTP cohort for the taught elements of the training year (October to December in year 1). CASE students will complete a 3-month mini-project (at a non-home institution) between January and March before starting their PhD in April of year 1. They will remain as an integral part of the MIBTP cohort and take part in the core networking activities and transferable skills training.

2022 CASE projects:

University of Birmingham CASE projects:

Harper Adams University CASE projects:

University of Warwick CASE projects:

Aston University CASE projects:

There are no CASE projects for 2022 entry at Aston University.

University of Leicester CASE projects:

There are no CASE projects for 2022 entry at the University of Leicester.


To apply for an CASE studentship, please check your eligibility and complete the MIBTP application processLink opens in a new window.

Please ensure that you clearly state you are applying for an CASE project and stipulate which project(s).