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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 (Food Security, Bioenergy and Industrial Biotechnology or Molecules, Cells and Systems) 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


We are no longer recruiting for 2016-17 entry.

Recruitment for 2017-18 entry will begin in November 2016.



We are no longer recruiting for 2016-17 entry.
Recruitment for 2017-18 entry will begin in November 2016.

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


We are no longer recruiting for 2016-17 entry.
Recruitment for 2017-18 entry will begin in November 2016.