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PhD Opportunities

Faculty of Biological Sciences

There will be a number of funded opportunities available from October 2015.

Project Overview

Expected timeline

White Rose - University of Leeds PhD studentships session


This Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the research of the world-class molecular and cellular bioscience centres at the White Rose universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

At Leeds we offer a 4-year programme of integrated research and skills training, with cross-disciplinary supervision and opportunities for professional internships with external partners. The programme will fund studentships in three key BBSRC priority areas, Agriculture and Food Security, Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, and World Class Bioscience.

Our vision is to train researchers of the future equipped to address and solve fundamental and strategic biological questions of national and global importance in the following areas:

• Food Security
• Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
• World Class Bioscience

The projects will be interdisciplinary and encompass current research in the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Maths and Physics that falls within the BBSRC remit and the remit of Doctoral Training Programme.

How to apply:

Complete the Leeds WR application form 1617 (Please do not upload supporting documents) and email to fbsgrad@leeds.ac.uk including:

a) a CV (including reference contact details)

b) transcripts if available. 


Details of projects available this year. We strongly recommend that you contact potential supervisors to discuss projects before applying.

For successful applicants, the studentships would provide funding for tuition fees and living stipend at the current Research Council UK rates (subject to eligibility). Please note that EU citizens must have lived in the UK for at least 3 years to be eligible for full support.

Applications for 2016 studentships will be open from October 2015 and further details are available here:


 Applications accepted from October 2015 to start in October 2016

 BBSRC iCASE studentships

These BBSRC PhD studentships are jointly sponsored by the DTP and industry and students will spend a minimum of 3 months working at the industrial partners laboratories. Details of the projects available will be posted later

 To be announced

The Astbury centre holds a Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD Programme
The Molecular Basis of Biological Mechanisms.

The results from the various genome projects are providing a wealth of information on nucleic acid and protein sequences. Identification and manipulation of the roles of these molecules in the living cell is the next important challenge. A detailed understanding of their three dimensional structures, folding, interactions with other biomolecules, assembly into multi-subunit complexes and their structure/function relationships is an essential step towards this goal. This is the focus of our 4 Year PhD Programme.

Applications are currently closed see the Astbury website for further details

Studentships funded by MRC,  EPSRC and NERC will also be available later on in the year.

 See website from October 2015

University funded scholarships will be available later in the year

 See website from October 2015