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Industrial Collaboration PhD Studentships

CASE Studentships

MIBTP has a number of 9 iCASE studentships for entry in September 2020.

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 modules and masterclasses during the first term. CASE students can start their PhD project in April 2021 but must first complete a 3-month miniproject (at a non-home institution) January - March inclusive. They will remain as an integral part of the MIBTP cohort and take part in the core networking activities and transferable skills training.

2020 CASE projects:

University of Warwick CASE projects:

University of Birmingham CASE projects:

University of Leicester CASE projects:

Aston University CASE projects:

Harper Adams University CASE projects:


To apply for an CASE studentship, please check your eligibilty and complete the MIBTP application process as outlined here. Please ensure you clearly state you are applying for an CASE project and stipulate which project(s).

MIBTP CASE studentships may be funded directly from BBSRC iCASE allocation or conversion of a standard MIBTP studentship to a CASE studentships if a suitable non-academic partner is found.