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Application

Students from a wide diversity of academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Projects are available for excellent students from both theoretical (computational, mathematical) and experimental bioscience backgrounds.

In order to apply for a Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership PhD you must:

  1. Check your eligibility.
  2. Complete an Application form for your University of Choice (Aston, Birmingham, Harper Adams, Leicester or Warwick University) applying for the PhD programme in the appropriate department for your interests.
  3. Notify MIBTP of your application by completing the online notification form; ensuring that you upload a current CV to the form.
  4. Review the MIBTP Data Privacy Policy to understand how we process your personal data.

Eligibility

25 studentships per year are funded by BBSRC and 25 by matched funds from the Universities.

Residence requirements for MIBTP studentships (including CASE):

From the 2021/22 academic year UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding is open to both UK and International research students as detailed on the UKRI website. Specifically, up to 30% of awards may be made to international students.

Awards for both UK residents and International applicants cover UK tuition fees and provide a stipend at the standard UKRI rate to support living costs. UKRI funding will not cover the difference between UK tuition fees and international tuition fees. MIBTP encourages international students with existing sources of funding (e.g. fellowships) to apply. There are also institution-specific options which may be able to help cover the difference between UK and international tuition fees. We encourage prospective international students to contact potential supervisors at their desired institution directly in order to understand if any such options are available to them. UKCISA provides information on tuition fees to help you assess your fee status.

Home / UK students 

To be classed as a home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirement) or,
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter
  • See the full eligibility criteria for further information.

International students:

  • Anybody who does not meet the criteria for home / UK student, above, would be classed as an international student.
  • International students will require a student visa in order to be able to study in the UK. There are costs associated with the visa application process, which must be met by the student. Please ensure you have the means to meet these costs before you apply to the programme.

Academic requirements:

  • Those who have a 1st or a 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant field are eligible.
  • Evidence of quantitative training is required. For example, AS or A level Maths, IB Standard or Higher Maths, or university level maths/statistics course.
  • Those who have a 2.2 and an additional Masters degree in a relevant field may be eligible.
  • Those who have a 2.2 and at least three years post-graduate experience in a relevant field may be eligible.
  • Those with degrees abroad (perhaps as well as postgraduate experience) may be eligible if their qualifications are deemed equivalent to any of the above

For further information please contact MIBTP@warwick.ac.uk.

Application

Applications for CASE studentships:

  • CASE studentships are currently being advertised. Interview dates for these studentships vary - please see the individual project descriptions for the exact date.
  • Initial enquires can be made to the MIBTP DTP Officer or by contacting supervisors of specific PhD projects directly.
  • Applications should be made to the university where the PhD project is listed, as per the instructions below.
  • Please also notify MIBTP of your application by completing the online application notification form; ensuring that you upload a current CV to the form.

Applications at Aston University:

  • If you are interested in a PhD project at Aston University, please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.  
  • From the drop-down options, select School of Life and Health Sciences; October; Full Time; Postgraduate Research; Research Biomedical Sciences (Full Time October 2021).
  • Please also notify MIBTP of your application by completing the online application notification form.
  • English language requirements for international students can be found on the Aston website.

Applications at the University of Birmingham:

  • If you are interested in a PhD project at the University of Birmingham, please take a look at the Birmingham MIBTP website and apply to the relevant department / school depending on your project selection. If you are applying to the programme without selecting a project, please apply here.
  • Please also notify MIBTP of your application by completing the online application notification form.
  • English language requirements for international students can be found on the Birmingham website.

Applications at Harper Adams University:

  • If you are interested in a PhD project at Harper Adams University, please see the website for further information and complete the appropriate online application form.
  • Please also notify MIBTP of your application by completing the online application notification form.
  • English language requirements for international students can be found on the Harper Adams website.

Applications at the University of Leicester:

  • If you are interested in studying at the University of Leicester, a list of projects and guidance on how to complete the application process can be found on the University of Leicester website.
  • Please also notify MIBTP of your application by completing the online application notification form.
  • English language requirements for international students can be found on the Leicester website.

Applications at the University of Warwick:

  • If you are interested in a PhD project at the University of Warwick, please apply via the online application form selecting the School of Life Sciences (screen 1) and the course Life Sciences (PhD) (P-C1PB) (screen 2); from here you will be taken through to a third screen, please select the option MIBTP: Warwick.
  • You will be asked to upload a research proposal as part of your application; this is not an MIBTP requirement so feel free to upload a CV or personal statement here instead.
  • In the funding section of the form please enter MIBTP: Warwick and the email address MIBTP@warwick.ac.uk.
  • Please also notify MIBTP of your application by completing the online application notification form; ensuring that you upload a current CV to the form.
  • Candidates applying to the University of Warwick will be shortlisted using these criteria. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview during which their academic aptitude, motivation for research, communication ability and interest in quantitative, interdisciplinary bioscience will be assessed.
  • English language requirements for international students can be found on the Warwick website.

Application Notification - All Universities

Please notify MIBTP of your application by completing the online application notification form, ensuring that you upload a current CV to the form. This ensures that all applications are processed, especially if applying through a different department.

Interviews

Interviews will take place during the weeks of 7th & 14th June.

Frequently asked questions

The answers to commonly asked questions with regards to this training programme have been answered on the frequently asked questions page.

Alternatively please email MIBTP@warwick.ac.uk with your query.