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Cambridge Biosciences DTP PhD Programme


The Cambridge Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is a partnership between four internationally leading research organisations — the University of Cambridge, the Babraham Institute, the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, and the Wellcome Sanger Institute — and UKRI BBSRC to develop the next generation of bioscience talent.

The Life Sciences are key to addressing many of the current societal and global challenges, and PhD-trained bioscientists are needed to meet the demands of the thriving and expanding bioeconomy. Our DTP addresses this need by providing a welcoming and vibrant training environment in which talented and motivated students from diverse backgrounds undertake cutting edge research projects and become equipped for a range of careers in academia, industry, government and charitable sectors.

Our students benefit from our location at the heart of Europe’s largest cluster of bioscience companies and enjoy opportunities to interact with a range of external organisations. Our DTP, via internships and iCASE studentships, also provides a convenient entry point for external organisations to forge collaboration with researchers across our partnership.

Available Studentships

Applications for 2023 are closed

Latest news

Cambridge team led by BBSRC & SBS DTP students wins Gold Medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition

12 January 2023

The team of undergraduate students and postgraduate instructors, including a group of PhD candidates from the Cambridge BBSRC and SBS DTP, worked on a synthetic biology project to represent Cambridge in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) 2022 competition. iGEM is the largest synthetic biology...

DTP student, Natalie Wallis, completes PIPs placement working with First Nations communities in Canada.

28 October 2022

As part of the BBSRC DTP programme, Natalie successfully completed her twelve-week Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS). Natalie made the most of the scheme by taking the opportunity to do a PIPs abroad. She conducted her internship in British Columbia, Canada.

BBSRC student meets with BioNTech co-founders Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci during their visit to Cambridge

16 October 2022

BioNTech founders, Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci, visited Cambridge to give the annual Milstein Lecture at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology. During their visit, Sabila Chilaeva (BBSRC DTP 2019 Cohort) had the opportunity to have lunch with them.