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Funded PhD Studentships

All MIBTP scholars will join a programme of skills training in year 1. Applicants are required to select an area of study (Sustainable Agriculture and Food, Understanding the Rules of Life, Renewable Resources and Clean Growth or Integrated Understanding of Health) but may join the programme with or without selecting a preferred project. Part of the skills training programme includes short rotation projects and students are able to choose a PhD project once they have experienced these differing research environments.

Potential PhD projects are provided to give applicants an idea of the breadth of research within MIBTP and specific research topics at each University. You can browse all projects via the links below, divided into specific areas within each theme. Additional projects will become available during Year 1 and students can work with potential supervisors during their first year to develop a particular project.

MIBTP Themes


Recruitment for 2020-21 entry to the programme will open soon.


Sustainable Agriculture and Food

  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Microbial Food Safety
  • Plant and Crop Science

Recruitment for 2020-21 entry to the programme will open soon.


Understanding the Rules of Life

  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience & Behaviour
  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science
  • Stem Cells
  • Structural Biology

Students start their degree with a programme of hands-on training from experts in both theoretical and experimental approaches to bioscience.

Integrated Understanding of Health

  • Ageing
  • Diet and Health
  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Regenerative Biology

All studentships funded by the MIBTP are also subject to the studentship terms and conditions set out in the BBSRC's

RCUK terms and conditions

Industrial collaboration projects

  • Research with impact
  • Industrial placement
  • Business skills training

Recruitment for 2020-21 entry to the programme will open soon.

Check your eligibility and apply now