The London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Biosciences Consortium is one of the largest BBSRC funded DTPs in the UK.
PhD projects offered are interdisciplinary and require students to use mathematical, computational and engineering approaches to address biological questions. Projects come from a wide range of biological scales and areas, from molecules through to cells and whole animal physiology.
Applications are welcomed from students with a background in biological, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical sciences.
The applications call for 2015 studentships is now open.
Student supervision is provided by leading researchers at University College London, King's College London and Queen Mary University of London, together with the Royal Veterinary College, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Birkbeck College and the School of Pharmacy.
In the first year of the programme students will undertake two 4-month research projects in different partner institutions, selecting from a catalogue of over 100 topics, each associated with a thesis project. The choice of PhD topic is finalised after the second rotation project when students will be well placed to make an informed, considered, decision.
Research opportunities are available in a wide range of areas including Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Immunology, Development, Physiology, Structural Biology, Chemical Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Genetics, Ageing and Evolution.
The list of projects offered to students joining the programme in 2014 can be seen here.
In addition to the rotation projects, all students will receive advanced training and courses to provide fundamental and advanced mathematical, computational and statistical skills for interdisciplinary and systems biology research. Informed by their background and intended career direction, students will also take a course in either the principles of biology or bio-business.
All DTP students undertake a compulsory 3-month professional internship placement (PIPS) during their PhD. This provides experience of the wider economic and social contexts and careers within which the research and transferable skills developed during their PhD programme can be usefully employed. Current students have secured a diverse range of placements, both in the UK and overseas, including learned societies, museums, biotech companies and science communication and policy organisations.