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Cambridge Biosciences BBSRC DTP


About PIPS 

As part of the BBSRC DTP Programme standard and targeted student must complete a 12-week (60 work days) internship. All placements provide students with the opportunity to work in a different often non-lab based environment and to experience a different working culture.

A PIPS placement provides an amazing opportunity to learn and apply new skills that will develop you as a researcher and help you understand the context of your research in the wider world, as well as providing ideas about future employment options. 

Student Feedback

Students within the BBSRC DTP consistently review the PIPS programme positively. Over 98% of respondees consider the placement a worthwhile and enriching experience, with 89% reporting the development of otherwise unattainable skills whilst on placement.

The PIPS placement can be used as an opportunity to test a prospective career path - 92% of students that took part in the survey believe that the experienced has influenced their future career decisions.

Previous Hosts

Previous PIPS hosts have included:

Biotechnology/Life Sciences/Pharmaceutical/Technology

  • Abcam
  • Acidophil Ltd
  • AstraZeneca
  • Bayer AG (Germany)
  • BeneficialBio
  • Biotechspert
  • Cambridge Cancer Genomics Ltd
  • Cambridge Cognition
  • Cambridge Innovation Consulting Ltd
  • Eli Lilly Research and Development
  • Entomics Biosystems Limited
  • Genestack
  • Gilead Sciences International Ltd
  • Horizon Discovery Ltd (USA)
  • Illumina
  • Instituto Clodomiro Picado (Costa Rica)
  • Iontas
  • Iota Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Johnson Matthey
  • KWS UK Ltd
  • Microsoft Research
  • Netcom Consulting, Inc (USA)
  • One Nucleus Ltd
  • PetMedix
  • phg Foundation
  • RAGT Seeds Ltd
  • Singer Instruments
  • Sphere Fluidics Limited
  • Synthace Ltd
  • The Technology Partnership (TTP)
  • UL Environment & Sustainability


  • Alzheimer's Research UK
  • Animal and Plant Health Agency
  • Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa (BecA)-International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Hub (Africa)
  • BirdLife International
  • CambPlants Hub, University of Cambridge
  • Centre for Global Equality
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • European Feed Manufacturer's Federation (FEFAC; Belgium)
  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
  • Government Office for Science
  • International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT; Mexico)
  • International Union for the Conservation of Nature
  • Microbiology Society
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD; France)
  • Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST; RCUK internship)
  • Royal Society of Biology (RCUK internship)
  • Sense about Science
  • The Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries
  • The Global Crop Diversity Trust (Germany)
  • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Communication/Education/Programming and broadcasting activities/Scientific Illustration/Public Engagement

  • BBC
  • Cambridge Science Centre
  • EMBO Press (Germany)
  • Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) Journal
  • JSPS Summer School Placement (OIST; Japan)
  • Learning Science Ltd
  • Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge
  • Nutopia
  • Oxford Scientific Films
  • Page Medical Communications
  • Public Engagement Team
  • Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
  • Royal College of Music
  • Science Magazine
  • The Company of Biologists
  • The Naked Scientists
  • The Royal Institution
  • TU Delft
  • UC Botanic Garden
  • Vivid Biology

Consulting/Intellectual Property

  • Alacrita Consulting Ltd
  • Allen & Overy LLP
  • Costello Medical
  • PA Consulting
  • Partner4Access


  • Allia Future Business Centre (Serious Impact)
  • Cambridge Enterprise
  • Deep Science Ventures
  • Judge Business School Accelerate Programme, University of Cambridge

Insurance and Risk management

  • Van Ameyde