University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Synthetic Biology (EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training)

The Synthetic Biology Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is a collaboration between Oxford, Warwick and Bristol Universities. It offers a 4-year training programme leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The programme is designed for students with both physical and life sciences backgrounds.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be predicted or have achieved a 1st Class or an upper 2nd Class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualifications) as a minimum in physical sciences (engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, plant sciences) or life sciences (biology, biochemistry).

Course modules

The 1st 2 terms are devoted to acquiring the necessary theoretical and technical skills through a combination of intensive lecture courses, practicals, seminars, project work and research and communication skills training. Over the 3rd term and summer period of the 1st year, students undertake 2 extended projects of approximately 10 weeks' duration each. These are similar in scope to a Master's level project and serve both as advanced training and to help students to choose their research topic for the final three years of the course. On completion of the projects, students undertake their substantive PhD research projects in the area of Synthetic Biology in one of the participating universities. The Synthetic Biology CDT will produce internationally excellent researchers with key skills desired by prospective employers in the nascent field of Synthetic Biology.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 4 years

Campus details

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Key information

Postgraduate Student Administrator
Telephone number: 
0117 394 1215