Eligibility

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

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

  • a stipend* (at the standard UKRI rate; £15,009 per annum for 2019-2020)
  • research and training costs
  • tuition fees (at the standard UKRI rate)
  • additional funds to support fieldwork, conferences and a 3-month internship

* An enhanced stipend is available for students with a recognised veterinary degree qualification (£23,164 per annum for 2019-2020). There may also be enhanced stipends associated with projects that have a collaborating CASE partner (CASE projects are highlighted with an asterisk * 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 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 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

Funding is available to UK and EU nationals who have established UK residency (EU nationals must have ordinarily lived in the UK throughout the three years preceding the start of the studentship).  Applicants from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.

However, the four core universities (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter) have a very limited number of fully-funded four year studentships for EU students who do not meet the residency requirements (1-2 studentships per university).  These are not available for CASE studentships i.e. a studentship with a listed CASE partner.  Please contact the relevant university for more information.

Funding by the SWBio DTP follows the UKRI residence criteria.  Therefore, please refer to the regulations or Annex B of the UKRI Council Training Terms and Conditions Guidance to confirm that you meet the residence criteria for a fully-funded studentship.  Any further queries in relation to residency must be directed to the institution that you are applying to.

We also accept external-funded (including self-funded) applicants as part of our programme.