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Aspects of doctoral training

Our doctoral training aims to develop the world-class, highly skilled workforce the UK needs for its future, through training and professional development.

The PhD is the first step towards a career in research, providing graduates with training for a range of opportunities. We support postgraduate training to help ensure the flow of highly qualified people into careers within and outside academia. Working with key training partners, we fund around 2000 PhD students each year (£43.5 million p.a.) in universities, research institutes or industrial partners.

Advanced research training

Providing excellent bioscience training in world-leading laboratories across the UK in research areas relevant to our remit and strategic priority areas.

Our vision of moving towards more predictive biology needs to be underpinned by training that is increasingly interdisciplinary. Many exciting advances in our understanding of biological systems will emerge at the interfaces between biology, chemistry, physics and engineering.

Core bioscience skills training (bioinformatics, statistics, mathematics)

Students have access to cutting-edge skills training in key areas to enhance employability and research capability.


A BBSRC studentship, for those eligible, includes a maintenance stipend, fees, and a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), as well as funds to cover conference and UK fieldwork expenses. The stipend and fees levels normally increase annually in line with the GDP deflator as advised by UK Research and Innovation (see external links).


A professional- or industry-based placement is an integral element of the training programme, ensuring that our students have the experience to support a world class innovation environment in the UK bioeconomy. This placement varies depending on the scheme.

Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS – for DTP students)
Collaborative/Industrial Placements (for CASE students)

Professional skills development

As part of your BBSRC training, students will have access to a range professional skills development opportunities:

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Note to prospective students: We award studentship funding directly to universities and research organisations, and not to students. Departments and supervisors advertise for students, therefore potential students should contact the institution at which they wish to undertake a research degree. Universities are responsible for checking students’ eligibility (see UK Research and Innovation website).