BBSRC White Rose DTP in Mechanistic Biology
This prestigious BBSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the very best molecular, chemical and cellular bioscience research across the White Rose Consortium of Universities (Leeds, Sheffield and York).
By mapping on to the research themes of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, you'll benefit from a regional doctoral training programme that has interdisciplinary collaboration at its core. The aim is to enable you to develop a range of research skills in biological and biochemical areas as well as equip you with core mathematical, data analysis and generic professional skills that are necessary for bioscience research in the coming decades.
- Biological Physical Sciences Institute
- Centre for Novel Agricultural Products
- Jack Birch Unit for Molecular Carcinogenesis
- York Cross-disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis
- York Structural Biology Laboratory
- York Environmental Sustainability Institute
- York Biomedical Research Institute
Open to EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students.
International candidates (including EU) will be considered however they will need to have adequate funds to meet the difference in tuition fees. International tuition fees for 2021 entry is £22,250.
You can apply if you have, or are expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this programme we welcome applications if your background is in any biological, chemical or physical science or mathematics and are interested in using your skills in addressing biological questions.
The York White Rose DTP in Mechanistic Biology is committed to recruiting extraordinary future scientists regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or career pathway to date. We understand that commitment and excellence can be shown in many ways and have built our recruitment process to reflect this. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in science, who have curiosity, creativity and a drive to learn new skills.
Not all projects will be funded; a limited number of candidates will be appointed via a competitive process.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. For more information see our Postgraduate English language requirements.
Application deadline: Sunday 10 January 2021, 11.59am GMT
To submit your application, click on the 'apply now' button inside the project description. This will take you to the University's online application system. Please select either '2021 October, full-time' or '2021 October, part-time' as your start date and then click on the 'start application' button.
It's very important that you write the title of the project you're applying to and the names of the project supervisors. If you decide to apply for more than one project (maximum three), please number them in order of preference.
Supervisors can only nominate one student for consideration per project. Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date and successful applicants are normally notified promptly.
If you're shortlisted you'll be invited for an interview in February 2021. As part of the interview process, you'll be asked to make a ten minute presentation on a research project you've undertaken.
You'll be notified as soon as possible after the interview dates whether your application has been successful, placed on a reserve list or unsuccessful. If you are successful, you'll be required to confirm your intention to accept the studentship within 10 days.
The studentships are fully funded for four years and you must complete your PhD in four years.
You'll receive a minimum ‘stipend’ of £15,285 per year for your living costs, which is paid to you in regular instalments. The UK Research and Innovation stipend is tax free and does not need to be paid back.
As a member of the York Graduate Research School, you'll study throughout the whole year, working for at least 35 hours per week, and will have a usual annual leave entitlement (normally 30 days over the year plus public holidays). You are encouraged to make use of your leave and have a responsibility to discuss the timing of this with your supervisor (for longer periods of holiday) and recording leave taken through the year. Students working in collaboration with non-academic partners are expected to bear in mind their obligations to those partners in planning leave.
You must adhere to the University’s regulations, policies and guidance regarding research degree programmes.
As part of the York White Rose DTP programme you are expected to attend all mandatory induction, meetings and training sessions scheduled by the DTP and by the lead Department.
Our White Rose DTP programme in Mechanistic Biology offers projects aligned with the BBSRC strategic priorities in food security, bioenergy and industrial technology, and world class bioscience.
Please try to identify a research project that suits you, which should ensure a proper match between your research interests and your prospective supervisors. You can select up to three projects, however we would encourage informal discussions with different project supervisors to help you rank projects in order of preference. Contact details for academic staff can be found on each project description.