PIPS placements

About the DTP

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About the PIPS scheme

In addition to developing the students’ scientific research skills, one of our key aims is to give the students a broader training beyond an academic environment, to help their employability once they complete their PhD. Our students undertake an placement during their PhD studies, in a professional working environment outside of academic research. This gives students a keen insight into how different employment sectors function, and the attributes an ambitious employee needs to develop and thrive in such an environment.

The placement takes place in their second or third year at a time that is mutually convenient for both parties.  The student receives a stipend throughout so do not incur a salary cost to the hosting institutions, however, we welcome any contributions to help support any travel/accommodation requirements.

Our students find this an extremely useful and positive experience. Equally host organisations have found these students to be of great assets to their organisations – many have hosted repeated placements, while others have gone on to use our students as consultants, or even employ them.


You can advertise placements through the SWBio DTP on our PIPS blog to all studentships across the partnership.  We find this is very successful in finding students.

Please find below some useful documents if you are interested in hosting a PIPS placement:

Please contact the SWBio DTP Hub for further information about hosting a PIPS student.