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Frequently Asked Questions

This page will attempt to answer commonly asked questions about the MIBTP Doctoral Training Partnership. If you do not find an answer to your question on this page, please do not hesitate to contact the team by email, MIBTP@warwick.ac.uk

Can overseas students apply?

MIBTP cannot fund overseas (i.e. non-home/EU) students. If you wish to explore opportunities for PhD research at the partner Universities you will ned to apply for different scholarships. At the University of Warwick, you need to apply for the Chancellor's International Scholarship. For the University of Birmingham please visit their website to browse their scholarship opportunities. For the University of Leicester please view their scholarship opportunities and contact them directly.

I have a disability, would this course be suitable for me?

MIBTP will support, as necessary, any of its students. MIBTP is unusual in requiring training at all three partner universities. Our scheme requires students to do a fair amount of training at Warwick Systems Biology Centre in Term 1, along with practical masterclasses at all three venues. In Term 2 you will do a 3 month research project at one of the partner Universities (away from your 'home' university) followed by a professional internship. The training becomes more settled once you embark on your main PhD project, but there will be cohort meetings at one of the partner universities throughout the 4 years. This scheme might therefore present additional challenges for people with some disabilities, however, we are committed to supporting all our students in the best way we can.

When applying, can I apply for more than one project?

We have no rule. However many projects you apply for it will be considered one application. It is the student/applicant who is awarded the scholarship, not the project. Also, you may apply to join the training programme nominating just an area of research (i.e. Food Security/Bioenergy and Industrial Biotechnology /Molecules, Cells and Systems) and if you do start with a nominated project, you may change project at any time in year 1.

Would it be advantageous to my application if I chose a specific project at this point rather than delaying my choice?

No. We encourage students to delay making a decision on a project until they experience what MIBTP has to offer and differing research environments. However, we recognise that some students want to know what project they will do and specific project outlines give applicants an idea of the research available. It is also fine to nominate a research area and have in mind one or two projects you are most likely to select. Selection of students will be done on the basis of the academic record of the student and their potential for bioscience research. For industrial collaboration studentships (CASE), however; a project should be chosen at the time of application.

When applying, can I apply for more than one University?

You can apply for one, two or all three Universities, however, it will be considered one application. The best students are awarded the scholarship regardless of which University they apply to.

Do I need to provide any supporting documentation with my application?

We need no other documentation than that you supply to the online system. So, references, CV, covering letter. If you do not want to choose a project now, state clearly in the project page that you are applying for the MIBTP training programme and the theme you wish to apply for (Food Security/Bioenergy and Industrial Biotechnology /Molecules, Cells and Systems).

You do need to complete the application notification form on the MIBTP website so that we know that you have applied to our programme.

With regards to Professional Internship Placements (PIPs) and mini-projects, is it the responsibility of the student to arrange these or is support offered?

For mini-projects and internships (PIPs) we provide a selection of projects/openings from which students choose what best suits their learning and career needs. However, in each case we also encourage students to make their own arrangements because by this stage in your career it is best that you develop ideas and plan your own agenda. We act to support and resource as needed.

With regards to mini-projects and PhD projects, can I organise my own or do I have to choose from a set list?

Your mini-projects are for you to choose. If you know what project you want to do for the PhD you may ask your supervisor to advise, but there is no requirement for this. The scholarship is to you, you choose your training options. We provide a list of options, but most students discuss and agree their own projects with academics. All projects need to fall within the remit of BBSRC.

With regards to your PhD project, the answer is the same. The DTP directors can act as mentors to help or act as sounding boards if necessary.

Can I self fund?

Self-funders may apply to do a 4 year degree course and participate in MIBTP training in year 1 – the application needs to be for PhD Life Sciences. Or a 3 year degree course (PhD Biological Sciences or PhD Plant and Environmental Sciences) which will be the more traditional research route with the student joining their supervisor’s research group directly. In both cases the PhD thesis must be submitted before the end of year 4.

Note, in either case the supervisor must accept to carry the costs of any experimental work. MIBTP students carry a consumable budget of £4500 pa and this will not be available to self-funders. SLS will assign a budget of £1000 pa from the fee income (more for OS students). Consequently, the project advertised may need to be realigned after potential costs have been reviewed.

There are no other costs due to the University other than fees.

How do I apply?

Please complete the relevant application form depending on where you would like to study (Warwick, Birmingham or Leicester).

Please also complete the application notification form on the MIBTP website (regardless of which University you wish to study at) so that we can track your application.