PhD BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2019

How to apply

The BBSRC DTP accepts applications each year from around October-November for entry the following September.  Details on how to apply can be found on the BBSRC DTP website . You should follow the guidance carefully on how to make an online application.

Advice to applicants

In addition to the formal online application, candidates should send all supporting documents (CV, transcripts, certificates, confirmation of funding, English language ability (if applicable), references and a personal statement).

About the personal statement  

We recommend that your personal statement summarises:

  • any research experience and your interests;
  • your motivation for postgraduate research study;
  • why you want to do a postgraduate research degree in Manchester;
  • your career development to date;
  • your future career plans;
  • other supporting information: recent publications if any or other research training and experience.

If you have completed a research project during your undergraduate/master's study, please give a short description of the work you undertook, including the following details:

  • the research problem
  • your key findings
  • techniques acquired and skills learned.
See further guidance on how to choose a project and submit an application on our website .

Interview requirements

We hold a series of interview days in January each year.  Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview either in person or by Skype if you are not currently in the UK. 

Disclosure and Barring Service check

Depending on the project you undertake, you may be required to undertake DBS screening.  We will notify of you this requirement if appropriate.