The South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio) is led by the University of Bristol, and includes with the University of Exeter, the University of Bath, the University of Cardiff and Rothamsted Research (including North Wyke in Devon with its globally unique Farm Platform). These five institutions present a distinctive cadre of bioscience research staff and students, with established international, national and regional networks, and widely recognised research excellence. As research leaders, we have a strong track record in advancing knowledge through high quality research and teaching, in partnership with industry and government.
SWBio is one of a limited number of doctoral training partnerships funded by the BBSRC to provide PhD training across the UK in areas of strategic relevance. We provide training in two BBSRC priority areas: food security, and world-class bioscience, with approximately 20 studentships available each year across the partnership. PhD projects in these two research areas also demonstrate exploiting new ways of working.
The scheme particularly aims to provide students with excellent cross-disciplinary research training in line with the current BBSRC strategy. Students enrol within a structured training programme that includes common taught course units and lab rotations in Year One, a research project in Years Two to Four, and extended skills training throughout all four years, along with a compulsory three-month professional placement (internship) outside of their area of academic expertise in Years Two or Three. Our students will be exposed to the expertise of all the partners by visiting / using their facilities, taking part in joint conferences, workshops and taught modules. To further the collaboration between the partnership, cross-institutional PhD projects will be featured that build on the expertise of each partner.