University of Bath

BBSRC South West Biosciences (SWBio) Doctoral Training Partnership

Find out details about PhD funding opportunities offered by the SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership.

About the Partnership

The South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP) provides structured doctoral training across a consortium comprising the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, along with the Rothamsted Research Institute.

These five institutions present a distinctive group of bioscience research staff and students, with established international, national and regional networks. As research leaders, they have a strong track record in advancing knowledge through high quality research and teaching, in partnership with industry and government.

The SWBio DTP is one of a limited number of doctoral training partnerships funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) focussing on two BBSRC priority areas: agriculture & food security, and world-class bioscience, with approximately 28 studentships available each year across the partnership.

The scheme particularly aims to provide students with excellent cross-disciplinary research training in line with the current BBSRC strategy. Students will be exposed to the expertise of all the partners by visiting and/or using their facilities, taking part in joint conferences, workshops and taught modules. The projects will also exploit new ways of working. To further the collaboration between the partnership, cross-institutional PhD projects are featured that build on the expertise of each partner.


Fully funded four year studentships are open to UK and EU applicants meeting the DTP's academic and residency criteria. For projects which do not have a CASE partner, a limited number of studentships may be available for EU applicants not meeting the residency requirement. A full studentship covers UK/EU tuition fees, maintenance at the UKRI doctoral stipend rate (£14,777 per annum, 2018/9 rate) and an allowance for research and training costs.

How to apply

Identify a project

Identify a project or projects that you are interested in by browsing the list of available projects, then apply through our online application system.

Application guidance

  • Please apply using the online application form for the PhD in Biosciences Full-time programme.

  • Please also clearly identify your application as being for the SWBio DTP call in the finance section of the online application.

  • You can apply for more than one project, although supervisors may take into account your interest and commitment to their particular project. If you apply for multiple projects, please indicate the titles and lead supervisors of all the projects for which you wish to be considered in the 'Your research interests' section of the application form and supply a separate personal statement for each one. Each application for an individual project will be considered separately by the project supervisors.


Applications for 2019/20 entry are open now. Applications will close on 3 December 2018.