The SWBio DTP offers:
A world-class scientific network
In addition, a number of our PhD projects are cross-institutional, building further on the expertise and resources of each partner. Significant recent investment within each institution has provided outstanding facilities and an excellent training environment for our students. These include:
- Bath's purpose built animal facility (£4M), the £23M award-winning 4West building which includes a Graduate Centre that provides social and informal learning space for postgraduates and the new £26M Chancellor's Building.
- Bristol's £54M Life Sciences Building for multi-disciplinary use (including next gen sequencing and proteomics) along with the neighbouring £11M Nanoscience and Quantum Information building which provides expert training in synthetic biology and atomic force microscopy.
- Cardiff's £4M extension to the Bioscience Building Complex and the new £30M Hadyn Ellis Building which hosts the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute and Cardiff's Graduate College.
- Exeter's Geoffrey Pope building (£24M), which hosts a £9M aquaria, and Wellcome Centre for Biocatalysis (£3M) that provide superb environments for protein biochemistry and genomics-based research.
- Rothamsted's new (£40M) facilities for both lab- and field-based Food Security research.
Project clarity and flexibility
- You will be recruited directly to a broad PhD project rather than to a programme.
- You will have two laboratory rotations in the first year, in which you will gain experience in different laboratories and techniques relating to your project. Towards the end of the first year this experience may be used to refine the direction of your project which continues through the remaining three years.
This system retains maximal time for your research studies while also allowing your developing research interests to steer the direction of your project.
Targeted research training
- Our taught units aim to provide outstanding training in statistics and bioinformatics and understanding the role of science in society, business and industry. We also provide generic skills training units to prepare our students for a better professional career in both a research and non-research environment.
- The two rotation projects provide the opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge and experience in your research area and experimental techniques. These will contribute to your main PhD project and will help you gain confidence and accelerate your development to an accomplished researcher.
The first year is a recognised MRes, providing an exit award should this be required.
Increased employability by internship placements
The opportunity to live and study in the South West
Our programme endeavours to develop a strong cohort feel between students ensuring a great life both in and out of the lab.
Hear what some of our students say.
Our Director tells you more about the programme.