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Cambridge Biosciences BBSRC DTP


Please note there will be no BBSRC DTP PhD studentship available at the University of Cambridge for admission in October 2020.

iCASE Studentships

The iCASE studentships are a collaboration between an academic institute/ department and an industrial partner/company. 

There are approximately 10 iCASE studentships available each year.

The Programme is four years in duration students must submit their thesis no later than 48 months after their start date. For students starting in October 2020, the final date for submission of a thesis would be 30th September 2024.

Programme Structure

All iCASE research students must spend between 3-18 months on placement with the partner company - during this time they will participate in projects that are closely related to their research area. In addition to experience of an industrial research environment, the student should receive business-related training, for example, in project-management, business strategy, and/or finance.

Year  1           

The first six months are spent completing training in Statistics, Computational and Systems Biology, and Research Skills (Exploiting New Ways of Working), these will be undertaken with the Standard and Targeted students.  

Years 2-4                                             

You will spend the remainder of the four years completing a research project for the award of PhD. During the final 3 years of your PhD you will undertaken an internship lasting a minimum of 3 months with the industrial partner of your PhD project.

Previous industrial partners

Here are a sample of the industrial partners previous iCASE projects have been in collaboration with.

  • AstraZeneca
  • Bayer CropScience
  • Cambridge Animal Technologies Ltd
  • Cambridge Epigenetix
  • Coca Cola
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Entomics
  • ​GlaxoSmithKline plc
  • Heptares Therapeutics
  • MedImmune Ltd
  • Microsoft Research Ltd
  • Royal Horticultural Society 
  • Syngenta Ltd
  • Unilever

Training and networking

As a member of the BBSRC DTP you will take part in a structured training and networking programme which runs along side your PhD project. The majority of the training takes place during the first 6 months of the programme but there are also sessions taking place less frequently during the remaining three and a half years. The traning sessions provide you with relevant knowledge and skills to get the most out of your project. The networking opportunities are often joined with training in more general areas such as public engagement but also provide you with the opportunity to spend more time with fellow DTP students. More information about training can be found here.