PhD interview support

To help you prepare for any future bioscience PhD interview, the SWBio DTP are running a FREE practical workshop in collaboration with VOX coachingFurther details and how to register are listed below.

Masterclass: Interview with Confidence and Flair

Date: Wed 1st Dec, 10am-12pm (2 hours), Location: Virtual

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A PhD interview is a precious opportunity to make a positive and memorable impression. Thorough preparation is vital, and that means working on style as well as content. The way you conduct yourself, present ideas and respond to questions has a powerful influence on the way you are perceived.


This highly practical training will provide everything you need to know about interviewing, including delivering a presentation. Importantly you will get to try some techniques out yourself in a very supportive and fun setting. The best way to learn is to learn by doing!

It is no secret that many find interviews daunting and attending this course will enable you to take that one step closer in achieving the best out of yourself.

Topics covered:

  • Principles of effective interviews and presenting
  • Managing nerves and performing with confidence
  • Achieving physical and vocal presence
  • Engaging the interview panel
  • Achieving clarity and impact
  • Responding convincingly to questions

Followed by overview of PhD interviews in the biosciences and Q+A with the SWBio DTP:

For the final half an hour, you will hear about the different types of PhD interviews you could encounter as well as an opportunity to ask members from the SWBio DTP anything you want to know about a PhD interview in the biosciences.

This workshop is provided through the BBSRC-funded South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership. This multi-institutional programme provides PhD training in the biosciences, supporting career journeys into academia, industry and beyond.

Further information about the SWBio DTP PhD programme >> 

Projects currently available for PhD studentships starting in Sept 2022 (Application deadline: Midnight 6th Dec 21)

This event is provided for those interested in applying to a PhD in the biosciences.

To support equal opportunities, we have two registration periods:

  • Registration for individuals who completed their first degree at a non-Russell Group UK university: Fri 5th – Midday, Fri 26th Nov
  • Open registration: Wed 17th – Midday, Fri 26th Nov

Following the registration deadline, you will be provided with details on how to access the workshop online, alongside some brief videos to view ahead to prepare you for the masterclass.

As this is a practical masterclass, we have a limited number of spaces available.  A waiting list will be made available should any individuals not be able to attend.  If for any reason you are unable to attend, please ensure you cancel your EventBrite invite, so this opportunity can be provided to other students.