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School of the Biological Sciences

The School of Biological Sciences has been awarded a ~£4.8M grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to support the Cambridge Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD Programme.

With additional support by the University to maximise the number of places we can offer, over the next two years, starting from October 2023, we aim to allocate more than 24 fully funded four-year studentships each year, including 4 industry-linked studentships to train the next generation of bioscience talent.


Anna Philpott, Head of the School of Biological Sciences said, “We are extremely happy to have received this funding and very grateful for the support from the BBSRC. It's a fantastic outcome, and I would like to thank Chris Smith, Director of the DTP and all others involved across the School and beyond, for their hard work and commitment to develop an exceptional training programme, aiming to attract students from a range of backgrounds and provide them with a supportive and inclusive environment.”



The Cambridge Biosciences DTP offers a broad training programme across the biosciences, where motivated and talented students from all backgrounds undertake multidisciplinary research projects based in the University’s Schools of Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Physical Sciences and Technology, or in our Partner Institutes the Babraham Institute, National Institute of Agricultural Botany and the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Our programme combines a welcoming environment in world-leading research laboratories with high-quality skills training, and the opportunity to build a professional network within the community. Additionally, DTP students take part in a three-month professional internship placement where they get to experience a different professional environment.

Students from the Cambridge Biosciences DTP move on to pursue careers in academia, industry, and other science-related professions, such as consultancy, medical writing, and scientific publishing. Our alumni stay actively engaged with the programme, taking part in annual symposia and careers panels.

Charlotte Guffick, current student based in the Department of Pharmacology said about the programme, "I chose to study my PhD at Cambridge and with the BBSRC DTP programme because of the interdisciplinary nature of the project that was proposed, and within the University structure itself I've had the chance to work in and with multiple departments across the university throughout my PhD, and meet a variety of students from many backgrounds working on many different research areas within the university structures. The DTP has also given me additional training and work opportunities such as through the PIPS programme that has allowed me to work in areas outside of my comfort zone and gain valuable experience in many areas of research."



Applications to start in October 2023 are now open. More information is available on the Cambridge Biosciences DTP PhD Programme website.

The Cambridge Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is a partnership between four international leading organisations - the University of Cambridge, the Babraham Institute, the National Institute of Agricultural Botany and the Wellcome Sanger Institute – and the BBSRC.