Eligibility

To be eligible for a fully-funded studentship, you must meet the below academic and residence criteria.

UKRI-BBSRC funded studentship

A fully-funded four year SWBio DTP studentship will cover:

  • a stipend* (at the standard UKRI rate; £15,285 per annum for 2020-2021)
  • research and training costs
  • tuition fees
  • additional funds to support fieldwork, conferences and a 3-month placement

* An enhanced stipend is available for students with a recognised veterinary degree qualification (£23,590 per annum for 2020-2021). There may also be enhanced stipends associated with projects that have a CASE partner (CASE projects are highlighted as *CASE in the project lists).


Academic criteria

Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. Applicants with a Lower Second Class degree will be considered if they also have a Master’s degree or have significant relevant research or non-academic experience.

In addition, due to the strong mathematical component of the taught course in the first year and the quantitative emphasis in our projects, a minimum of a grade B in A-level Maths or an equivalent qualification or experience is required.

Equivalent Maths qualifications/experience
  • Physics A-level (grade B and above)
  • Undertaking units as part of your degree that have a significant mathematical component*

*Significant mathematical component examples include; maths, statistics, bioinformatics.

Applicants must ensure they highlight their Maths background within their application and to upload any supporting evidence.


Residence criteria

UKRI have recently updated their policy for funded studentships which starts from the 2021/2022 academic year.

IMPORTANT: Please read the UKRI guidance on using training grant terms and conditions (refer to Annex B) under the ‘Terms and Conditions for training funding section’ alongside the information provided below.

Home students

Fully-funded studentships are available for Home students.  To be classed as a Home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirement) or,
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

International students

If you do not meet the above criteria, you will be classed as an International student.

A limited number (up to 30%) of UKRI fully-funded studentships* are available through the SWBio DTP, that applicants who would be classed as an International student are eligible for.  Please apply through our normal application route.

A UKRI full-funded studentship will only cover what is listed above, however there may be other costs that you may encounter and need to take into consideration. For example, Visa fees, healthcare surcharge, relocation costs and COVID-19 related quarantine costs.  It is expected that all students start at the beginning of the programme in September, so please ensure you have considered the length of time it may take to obtain necessary documentation, as otherwise your offer of a studentship may be declined.  An option to defer studies is not available.


Language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum English requirements for the programme.  Further information about these language requirements can be found under the relevant institutions admissions pages on our ‘how to apply‘ page.