The SynBioCDT is a collaboration between the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Warwick offering 4-year PhD training studentships in the new field of Synthetic Biology, the “Engineering of Biology”.

The course is designed for students with both physical and life sciences backgrounds. The first two terms are devoted to acquiring the necessary theoretical and technical skills through a combination of intensive lecture courses, practicals, seminars, project work and research and communication skills training.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English.

SynBioCDT Doctoral Training Studentships in UK Description:

  • Application Deadline: April 20, 2019
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available for 4-year PhD training programme.
  • Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in the field of Synthetic Biology, the “Engineering of Biology”.
  • Scholarship Award: Funding will cover full tuition fees and pay an annual stipend of at least £14,553 (the stipend will rise slightly each academic year in line with Research Council UK levels).
  • Number of Scholarships: The EPSRC and BBSRC, universities, industrial partners and charitable trusts provide funding for approximately 15 four-year studentships each year for students across the partnership.
  • Scholarship can be taken in the UK

Eligibility for the SynBioCDT Doctoral Training Studentships in UK:

  • Eligible Countries: Applications are encouraged from UK, EU and International students.
  • Entrance Requirements:
    Applicants must be predicted or have achieved a first-class or an upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualifications) as a minimum in Physical Sciences (e.g. Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Plant Sciences) or Life Sciences (e.g. Biology, Biochemistry) with strong mathematical skills.
    2 satisfactory academic references
    Submit an English Language test certificate (if appropriate)
  • English Language Requirements: It is a requirement that overseas students will show that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the PhD. Please note that the requirement for admission is IELTS 7.5 (with component scores two at 6.5/7.0 & rest 7.5+) or equivalent.

Application Procedure for SynBioCDT Doctoral Training Studentships in UK:           

How to Apply:

To apply to Warwick:

  • Complete the online postgraduate application form and select PhD Synthetic Biology (P-C1PN).
  • In the supporting information section (or attach a separate document if you prefer) enter your personal statement/research proposal.
  • This should be written in the form of a 1,000-word essay and will be assessed for your research interests and your reasons for applying to the course, as well as how your background and experience relates to Synthetic Biology. It is not necessary to provide a detailed research proposal, but you should give a brief description of the area in which you wish to carry out research. This need not be specific, if you have not yet decided on your preferred topic or area. Your proposal will be assessed for coherence, evidence of motivation and understanding of the proposed area of study.
  • Upload a transcript from your current or previous study, a CV and any other documents that you feel would support your application.
  • Ask your referees to submit a reference for you. Note: when you submit your application, an email will automatically be sent to your referees requesting a reference for you. This email will contain a secure link for your referee to upload a reference for you.

Online Application

Scholarship Link