Research degrees

BBSRC Midlands Innovative Biosciences Training Partnership

Qualification: PhD

Application deadline: 9 January 2022

Start date: 26 September 2022

Overview

The Midlands Integrative Biosciences (Doctoral) Training Partnership (MIBTP) is a BBSRC funded doctoral training partnership between University of Warwick, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Aston University and Harper Adams University. The universities are separate entities, but there is large and growing cooperation between partners. We recognise that interdisciplinarity underpins most significant research and that critical mass is vital to ensure impact globally.

All MIBTP scholars will join a programme of skills training in year 1. Applicants are required to select an area of study (Sustainable Agriculture and FoodUnderstanding the Rules of LifeRenewable Resources and Clean Growth or Integrated Understanding of Health) but may join the programme with or without selecting a preferred project. Part of the skills training programme includes short rotation projects and students are able to choose a PhD project once they have experienced these differing research environments.

You can browse all the University of Leicester projects listed under the MIBTP Projects 2022 tab below, divided into specific areas within each theme. Additional projects will become available during Year 1 and students can work with potential supervisors during their first year to develop a particular project.

Eligibility, funding advice and the application process can be found in the tabs towards the bottom of the page please read these carefully before submitting your application.

Doctoral training partnerships

Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional schemes designed to support the training of the next generation of world-class researchers. The University of Leicester is a lead partner in four DTPs/CDTs through which we can offer funded PhD studentships in a wide range of research areas.

Studentships are available to highly motivated and qualified applicants and provide a generous support package usually including a full fee waiver, annual stipend, and research training support grant. Studentships are in most cases offered early in the year for September/October start.

MIBTP Projects for September 2022

Sustainable Agriculture and Food

Animal Welfare

Dr Doug Barrett  Evaluating the contributions of age-related changes in sensory acuity and cognitive control on the speed and accuracy of visual search

Professor Martha Clokie Phages as the ultimate puppeteers of bacterial metabolism

Dr Ed Galyov Beyond antibiotics: the development of a phage cocktail to prevent and treat foot rot disease of sheep

Dr Andrew Millard The development of phage-based vaccines for animal health

Dr Andrew Millard Understanding the biology of how a promiscuous vibriophage, pirates host metabolism

Microbial Food Safety

Professor Martha Clokie Developing novel phage-based techniques for removing spoilage bacteria from meat products

Professor Martha Clokie Phages as the ultimate puppeteers of bacterial metabolism

Dr Andrew Millard  The development of phage-based vaccines for animal health

Dr Andrew Millard Understanding the biology of how a promiscuous vibriophage, pirates host metabolism

Plant Crop Science

Dr James Higgins CRISPR/Cas mediated chromosome engineering in Arabidopsis

Professor David Twell   Plant and crop fertility: evolution and impact of gene control networks

Renewable Resources and Clean Growth

Industrial Biotechnology

Prof Galina Mukamolova  Can Mycobacteria help solve the global crisis of phosphorus bioavailability?

Understanding the Rules of Life

Immunology

Professor Bibek Gooptu In situ and structural studies of ion channel behaviour in acute injury and fibrosis

Microbiology

Professor Chris Bayliss Understanding the Functional Effects of Genetic Variation in the Promoters of Bacterial

Professor Martha Clokie Developing novel phage-based techniques for removing spoilage bacteria from meat products

Professor Martha Clokie Phages as the ultimate puppeteers of bacterial metabolism

Dr Ed Galyov  Beyond antibiotics: the development of a phage cocktail to prevent and treat foot rot disease of sheep

Dr Andrew Millard Understanding the biology of how a promiscuous vibriophage, pirates host metabolism

Professor Julie Morrissey The role of copper antimicrobial resistance in Staphylococcus aureus infection.

Professor Julie Morrissey   The impact of air pollution on bacterial infection and host immune responses.

Dr John Pearl To feast among the starving: facultative anaerobiosis by Mycobacterium avium

Dr John Pearl  Facultative anaerobiosis by mycobacteria: computational systems biology to model bioenergetics

Neuroscience and Behaviour

Dr Doug Barrett  Evaluating the contributions of age-related changes in sensory acuity and cognitive control on the speed and accuracy of visual search

Professor Chris Bayliss  Understanding the Functional Effects of Genetic Variation in the Promoters of Bacterial Pathogens

Dr Ko-Fan Chen  Unravelling the interplay between sleep disruption and stress response using neurogenetics

Dr Roberto Feuda  Is it time to differentiate?

Professor Flavio Giorgini  Exploiting single-cell RNA sequencing to clarify the interplay of neurons and glia in neurodegeneration

Professor Andrew Hudson  Understanding the role of haem in the mediation of circadian rhythmicity

Dr Claire Hutchinson  Improving visual perceptual decision-making in an ageing population

Dr Victoria McGowan  Age-related changes in the visual, oculomotor, and cognitive mechanisms underlying reading

Dr Ezio Rosato  Network interactions shape the circadian clock in Drosophila melanogaster

Dr David Souto  Developing biologically plausible models of eye movement control and visual processing in reading

Dr Mervyn Thomas  Understanding the mechanisms of vision development

Plant Science

Dr James Higgins  CRISPR/Cas mediated chromosome engineering in Arabidopsis

Stem Cells

Dr Roberto Feuda  Is it time to differentiate?

Structural Biology

Dr Amanda K Chaplin  Using cryo-EM to understand DNA double-strand break repair

Dr Amanda K Chaplin  Using cryo-EM and biophysical methods to characterise proteins involved in DNA repair to aid development of novel therapeutics

Dr Cyril Dominguez  Molecular characterization of Sam68-driven cytoskeletal reorganization

Dr Richard Doveston  Molecular Glues as Novel Therapies for Cancer and Ageing

Dr Joanna Fox  Structural-guided PROTAC targeting of BMX for the treatment of cancer

Professor Bibek Gooptu   In situ and structural studies of ion channel behaviour in acute injury and fibrosis

Dr Hanna Kwon  Elucidating dye decolorising peroxidase mechanism by time-resolved electron microscopy

Dr TJ Ragan   Development and validation of an integrated computational platform for rapid evaluation of cryoEM samples, focused on the particular challenges of drug discovery programmes

Dr Thomas Schalch  Unlocking fundamental principles of chromatin signalling

Dr Kayoko Tanaka  Obtaining molecular insights of effector competition of oncogenic RAS signalling

Systems Biology

Dr Doug Barrett  Evaluating the contributions of age-related changes in sensory acuity and cognitive control on the speed and accuracy of visual search

Professor Chris Bayliss  Understanding the Functional Effects of Genetic Variation in the Promoters of Bacterial Pathogens

Professor Martha Clokie  Phages as the ultimate puppeteers of bacterial metabolism

Dr Roberto Feuda Is it time to differentiate?

Dr Claire Hutchinson  Improving visual perceptual decision-making in an ageing population

Dr Ezio Rosato Network interactions shape the circadian clock in Drosophila melanogaster

Dr Kayoko Tanaka Obtaining molecular insights of effector competition of oncogenic RAS signalling

Integrated Understanding of Health

Ageing

Dr Doug Barrett Evaluating the contributions of age-related changes in sensory acuity and cognitive control on the speed and accuracy of visual search

Dr Carlo De Lillo Assessing and reducing age-related cognitive decline using evolutionarily relevant foraging tasks and brain stimulation

Dr Cyril Dominguez Molecular characterization of Sam68-driven cytoskeletal reorganization

Dr Richard Doverston   Molecular Glues as Novel Therapies for Cancer and Ageing

Professor Flavio Giorgini  Exploiting single-cell RNA sequencing to clarify the interplay of neurons and glia in neurodegeneration

Professor Bibeck Gooptu  In situ and structural studies of ion channel behaviour in acute injury and fibrosis

Dr James T Hodgkinson  Developing small molecule degraders of LSD1 and HDAC1/2 in the CoREST Complex

Professor Andrew Hudson   Understanding the role of haem in the mediation of circadian rhythmicity

Dr Claire Hutchinson  Improving visual perceptual decision-making in an ageing population

Dr Salvador Macip  Ameliorating ageing and age-related diseases by targeting senescence and the p53 pathway

Dr Victoria McGowan  Age-related changes in the visual, oculomotor, and cognitive mechanisms underlying reading

Dr David Souto  Developing biologically plausible models of eye movement control and visual processing in reading

Pharmaceuticals

Dr Richard Doveston Molecular Glues as Novel Therapies for Cancer and Ageing

Dr James T Hodgkinson  Developing small molecule degraders of LSD1 and HDAC1/2 in the CoREST Complex

Regenerative Biology

Dr Claire Hutchinson  Improving visual perceptual decision-making in an ageing population

Funding

Funding

All MIBTP students will be provided with a 4 years studentship. 

Studentships include:

  • Tuition fees at UK rate*
  • a tax free stipend of at least £15,609* p.a (to rise in line with UKRI recommendation)
  • a travel allowance in year 1
  • a travel / conference budget
  • a generous consumables budget
  • use of a laptop for the duration of the programme.

* International students are welcome to apply but must be able to fund the difference between UK and International fees for the duration of their studies.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • Those who have a 1st or a 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant field are eligible.
  • Evidence of quantitative training is required. For example, AS or A level Maths, IB Standard or Higher Maths, or university level maths/statistics course.
  • Those who have a 2.2 and an additional Masters degree in a relevant field may be eligible.
  • Those who have a 2.2 and at least three years post-graduate experience in a relevant field may be eligible.
  • Those with degrees abroad (perhaps as well as postgraduate experience) may be eligible if their qualifications are deemed equivalent to any of the above.

For further information please contact MIBTP@warwick.ac.uk.

University English language requirements apply.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

Application enquiries

You may find answers to your questions on the FAQs.

How to apply

How to apply

Select the project you want to apply for from the project options on the tab below. Alternatively you can simply apply to join the programme without choosing a project at the application stage.

Please apply using the guidelines below:

  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Complete and submit your Leicester PhD application using the Apply Button at the bottom of the page.* Select September 2022 in the drop down menu. (NB The online application will show Genetics regardless of the project you apply for. The academic department may change at the point of offer)
  3. Please notify MIBTP of your application by completing the online application notification form, ensuring that you upload a current CV to the form. This ensures that all applications are processed, especially if applying through a different department.
  4. Review the MIBTP Data Privacy Policy to understand how we process your personal data.

*In your Leicester PhD application please include:

  • Your A levels (or equivalent) including Maths - if all of your A levels are on one certificate please only upload it once
  • Degree level study including study not yet completed. Upload copies of all transcripts and degree certificates if available
  • CV
  • In the personal statement section explain why you would like to study for a PhD and why you are applying for MIBTP funding. Articulate your case in light of your academic and/or professional experience, including extracurricular courses, activities, placements, etc. you might have attended
  • If you are applying to a specific project (or projects) enter the name of the primary supervisor/s in the Supervisor Section and add the title of the project (or projects) in the Proposed project title section ( you do not need to include a research proposal)
  • If you are applying to the program without choosing a specific project
    • enter PROGRAM in the Proposed supervisor section 
    • In the Proposed project title/ Studentship title section indicate the area of research that meets your interests, i.e:
      • Sustainable Agriculture and Food
      • Renewable Resources and Clean Growth
      • Understanding the Rules of Life
      • Integrated Understanding of Health
  • In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.
  • In the funding section of the application select STUDENTSHIP. In the drop down menu select BBSRC MIBTP

Interview dates to be confirmed.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Residence requirements for all MIBTP studentships

From the 2021/22 academic year UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding is open to both UK and International research students as detailed on the UKRI website.

Awards for both UK residents and International applicants cover UK tuition fees and provide a stipend at the standard UKRI rate to support living costs.

UKRI funding will not cover international fees. Funding for this may be available from other sources but specific guidance on this is currently not available. Please watch out for updated information on our website. UKCISA provides information on tuition fees to help you assess your fee status.

Home / UK students 

To be classed as a home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirement) or,
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

See the full eligibility criteria for further information.

International students

  • Students who do not meet the criteria for home / UK student, above, would be classed as an international student.
  • International students will need to be able to fund the difference between UK and International fees for the duration of study

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