BBSRC Midlands Innovative Biosciences Training Partnership

The Midlands Integrative Biosciences (Doctoral) Training Partnership (MIBTP) is a BBSRC funded doctoral training partnership between the University of Warwick, the University of Birmingham and the University of Leicester. The universities are separate entities, but there is large and growing cooperation between partners. We recognize that interdisciplinarity underpins most significant research and that critical mass is vital to ensure impact globally.

Studentships at Leicester

PhD Studentship projects are focused in vital research areas such as food security, bio-energy and industrial biotechnology, and use interdisciplinary and quantitative approaches to biology.

Students from a wide diversity of academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply: those with creative drive in both theoretical disciplines (for example, maths, computer science, statistics) as well as experimental science (for example, biology, biomedicine, chemistry, biotechnology).

MIBTP run two funding schemes:

Standard studentships

You can select a project from one of the following areas of study:

Or you can apply to join the MIBTP programme without selecting a project. Part of the skills training programme in year 1 includes short rotation projects and you will be able to choose a PhD project once you have experienced these differing research environments.

iCASE studentships

The iCASE studentships are a collaboration with an industrial partner and the University. Through the industrial placement you will gain a wider understanding of applied research or policy development that will enhance your future career prospects. In addition to experience of an industrial research environment, you will receive business-related training, e.g. in project-management, business strategy and/or finance.

The deadline for applications is 7 January 2018. The start date for this Doctoral Training Partnership is 25 September 2018.


You will receive:

  • 4 years of stipend at the Research Council rates (Stipend rate for 2017/8 is £14,553. 2018 rates available in early 2018)
  • Funds for research consumables and conference travel, as well as a laptop for use throughout their studies
  • 4 years of tuition fees, which are paid direct to the University

Entry requirements

  • A first or a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant field
  • Evidence of quantitative training is required. For example, AS or A-level Maths, IB Standard or Higher Maths, or university level maths/statistics course
  • University English language requirements apply

Alternative qualifications

  • A 2:2 and an additional Masters degree in a relevant field
  • A 2:2 and at least three years post-graduate experience in a relevant field
  • Equivalent non-UK degree (perhaps as well as postgraduate experience)

How to apply

  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Select the project/s you want to apply for.
  3. Complete the MIBTP application notification form
  4. Apply online - please select Campus-based full-time, Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour Research and September 2018.

Guidelines for your application

Within the application please include:

  • In the qualification section please include your A levels (or equivalent) including Maths and degree level study including study not yet completed. Upload copies of all transcripts and degree certificates
  • If you are applying to a specific project enter the name of the primary supervisor in the Supervisor Section and add the title of the project in the Proposed project title/ studentship section
  • If you are applying to the program without choosing a specific project at this stage, enter PROGRAM in the Proposed supervisor section and in the  Proposed project title/ Studentship title section indicate the area of research that meets your interests, i.e. 'FOOD SECURITY' or 'BIOENERGY AND INDUSTRIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY' or 'MOLECULES, CELLS AND SYSTEMS'.
  • In the Research Proposal Section enter NO when asked Do you have a research proposal to upload? Then type 'NOT APPLICABLE' into the free text box.
  • In the personal statement section explain why you would like to study for a PhD and why you are applying for MIBTP funding. Articulate your case in light of your academic and/or professional experience, including extracurricular courses, activities, placements, etc. you might have attended.
  • Please enter contact details of referees so that we can request references.  Please do not upload references already obtained.
  • In the funding section of the application select STUDENTSHIP. In the dropdown menu select BBSRC MIBTP


UK/EU applicants only

Informal enquiries

Dr Jonathan McDearmid

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