Apply for a FoodBioSystems PhD

Projects for 2020 now being advertised

Deadline for student applications: 6 March 2020 (5pm)

Main interview period: 9 – 19 March 2020

Academic Eligibility

1st or upper 2nd class degree is required in a subject appropriate to the PhD projects applied for (see the project description for more info). Candidates with a lower class of Bachelors degree, but a good performance at the Masters level (“merit” or above) will also be considered.

Funding Eligibility 

Funding for PhD studentships from BBSRC is only available to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria set out in the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) harmonized training terms and conditions which you can find here.

In most cases UK and EU nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the course are eligible for a full-award. Other EU nationals may qualify for a fees only award.  All candidates should check the UKRI harmonised postgraduate training terms and conditions to confirm their eligibility for funding. International students who do not meet these nationality requirements should contact specific Schools/Departments to discuss funding opportunities.

European Union (non-UK) candidates who have not lived in the UK for at least the past three years may apply for a BBSRC Fee-Only Award. You will have to provide your own living costs. To apply for a fee-only award, write a separate request (200 words maximum) explaining why you need this funding.

Language Proficiency

Candidates must show the necessary levels of English proficiency described on the University of Reading’s Graduate School web page. Enquiries about this should be directed to the Graduate School at the University of Reading.

How to Apply

Step 1

All applications to FoodBioSystems DTP are made via the University of Reading, whether the projects you are interested in are based at Reading, Surrey, Cranfield, Queen’s, Aberystwyth or Brunel.

Choose the PhD projects that interest you most, up to a maximum of 3. Each project description indicates the name and institution of the lead supervisor and has a project ID number. You are welcome and encouraged to email the lead supervisors of projects to ask them any questions you may have or to discuss the project.

Step 2

Make sure you have the following documents ready to support your application

  • CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • Official transcripts of your higher education qualifications, inclusive of grades
  • Evidence of your proficiency in English, if English is not your first language
  • Completed application form
  • Identified someone to provide a confidential academic reference letter (to be submitted to the DTP directly by the referee).

The application form can be downloaded here – FoodBioSystems DTP PhD Application Form.

Step 3

Apply by sending the above documentation to by 5pm on 6 March 2020.

Your confidential academic reference letter must be submitted directly by the referee to also by 5pm on 6 March 2020. The letter will then be matched to your application by the DTP Manager.

We will forward the relevant parts of your application to the relevant institutions and to the lead supervisors of the projects you have selected. You only need to apply once to the FoodBioSystems DTP.