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Cambridge Biosciences DTP PhD Programme


Our students come from a variety of different backgrounds - entering directly from University, Industry or from a career in an area outside of science.

Find out what our students have to say about the programme, their journey and life in Cambridge.



Charlotte Guffick - Department of Pharmacology

"I chose to study my PhD at cambridge and with the BBSRC DTP programme because of the interdisciplinary nature of the project that was proposed, and within the University structure itself I've had the chance to work in and with multiple departments across the university throughout my PhD, and meet a variety of students from many backgrounds working on many different research areas within the university structures. The DTP has also given me additional training and work opportunities such as through the PIPS programme that has allowed me to work in areas outside of my comfort zone and gain valuable experience in many many areas of research."



Samuel Dada - Department of Chemistry

"I chose to apply for the Cambridge BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme due to the rotational aspects of it, which gives you the freedom of exploring different areas of research and the chance of gaining new research skills that may become very beneficial to you when undertaking your actual PhD. The opportunity of undertaking a three-month internship in a professional setting is highly advantageous because it gives you the opportunity of of improving your skills and gaining more skills, but also giving you the chance of maybe even possibly securing a job before the end of your PhD. I just kind of love what the BBSRC stands for, in terms of championing the collaboration between research in an academic setting and research in an industrial setting."



Yeorgia Argirou - NIAB

"I'm a PhD student from the University of Cambridge and I'm also partnered with NIAB, which is a crop research institute and KWS which is a seed company. After college I went to the University of Reading to study biology and it was throughout that time that I discovered that I really liked studying plants. I chose Cambridge really because it's partnered with NIAB who I'm currently doing my phd with, who do crop research. One of the good things about the University of Cambridge is that it's partnered with lots of different institutes, so you can do all sorts of different things that wouldn't normally happen at the University." 



Dhaval Joshi - DTP Student, Department of Chemistry

"I personally was very excited to take on the iCase research project because I have very little perspective on what scientific research is like, especially within the context of neuroscience in an industrial setting in the pharmaceutical industry. I would absolutely recommend an iCase studentship to people considering applying for PhD because it's a way to get a new perspective on your research project, what its potential is, and what its applicability is beyond the scope of just a self-contained research project.  It can also be added motivation to a lot of people to stay in research after finishing their Doctoral training. On top of that, carrying out the industrial placement is another opportunity to develop technical skills, as well as transferable skills that you won't necessarily be able to develop in your lab or with the lab that you're working with, so it's it's a way to become a more well-rounded researcher."