DTP studentships

There are three types of studentships available through the SWBio DTP:

  • Standard DTP studentship
  • Standard DTP studentship with associate partner
  • CASE DTP studentship

They are all 4 year PhD programmes, and follow the format of a standard DTP studentship (as described within our ‘Programme‘ page).  Further details about these types of studentships are listed below.


Standard DTP studentship

  • Supervisor details: Each project has a listed main and second supervisor.  For projects that will be hosted at Rothamsted, a Rothamsted and academic supervisor will be listed instead.
  • Location: You will be mainly based at the institution where the listed main/Rothamsted supervisor is based.  The Rothamsted supervisor will be responsible for supervising you on a daily basis, but the academic supervisor will be responsible for monitoring your academic progress.
  • Registration: You will be registered with the university of the main supervisor.  For projects that will be hosted at Rothamsted, you will be registered at the collaborating university where the academic supervisor is based.
  • Placement: You will be required to undertake a PIPS placement which will be for 3 months during your second or third year of your PhD.  This placement will outside of an academic research environment and will not be directly related to your PhD project. 

Standard DTP studentship with associate partner

These projects are jointly hosted between a core and associate partner within our partnership.

  • Supervisor details: Each project has a listed lead supervisor at each of the partner institutions involved.
  • Location: You will spend approximately 50% of your time at each of the partner institutions.
  • Registration: You will be registered at one of the partner universities of the lead supervisors.
  • Placement: You will be required to undertake a PIPS placement which will be for 3 months during your second or third year of your PhD.  This placement will outside of an academic research environment and will not be directly related to your PhD project. 

CASE DTP studentship

CASE (formerly known as ‘Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering’) studentships have an affiliated CASE partner.  This partner will be part of a company/organisation within either the private, public or civil society sectors.

  • Supervisor details: Each project has a listed main and second supervisor. For projects that will be hosted at Rothamsted, a Rothamsted and academic supervisor will be listed instead.  There will also be a listed non-academic (CASE) supervisor.  This is whom you will be undertaking your CASE placement with.
  • Location: You will be mainly based at the institution where the listed main/Rothamsted supervisor is based.
  • Registration: You will be registered with the university of the main supervisor.  For projects that will be hosted at Rothamsted, you will be registered at the collaborating university.  The Rothamsted supervisor will be responsible for supervising you on a daily basis, but the academic supervisor will be responsible for monitoring your academic progress.
  • Placement: You will be required to undertake a placement with the CASE partner which will be for a minimum of 3 months and can take place at any stage during the PhD.  This placement will be directly related to your PhD project. It is optional to undertake a PIPS placement
  • Further details: Some CASE projects may also come with an enhanced stipend and additional support for the project.  

Of note, some projects may involve fieldwork or time away from the listed host institution for e.g. time spent with others within your supervisory team, collaborating university, collaborator or on a CASE/PIPS placement. To find out further information, please contact the listed supervisor.