How to apply

There are a number of projects available for entry in September 2017, apply online as soon as possible.

If you wish to be considered for a DTP Studentship, you must complete a single online application. Once you have registered with the online Postgraduate application system, you can create new postgraduate applications for any other studentships you wish to apply for that may be advertised in other Schools/Faculties. On your BBSRC DTP application you can select up to THREE projects on the one application (ie you do not need to submit multiple applications for each project).

If you are interested in a CASE Studentship, then you can include this as one of your three project choices on your online application form, just make this clear on the form (see below for instructions on how to list your project choices).

You need to submit a supporting statement with your application form, and you should ensure this outlines your motivation to undertake a PhD. If you wish to submit a second supporting statement for a CASE project, then you can do so, although this is not required.

Step 1

First of all, decide on the project(s) that are most relevant to your research interests from the list available. You may apply for up to three projects of interest on your application form. At this point, you are strongly encouraged to make direct contact with potential project supervisors to discuss their project and to arrange a meeting during October-December 2017. It is your responsibility to arrange meetings with Supervisors – if you are invited to an interview day, this is dictated by supervisor nominations, so you are unlikely to get nominated by a supervisor unless you have made contact with them, in addition to submitting an online application.

The University will be holding a Postgraduate Research Programmes Open Day later this year in autumn 2017. At this event, there will be chance to come and talk to us about the BBSRC DTP Programme. Therefore, if you are considering the Programme (and others) it would be worthwhile you attending. It would be a good opportunity for you to arrange to talk with prospective supervisors that day if you are coming from outside of Manchester. You should arrange any meetings with supervisors directly. Full information/registration details for the Open Day can be found here: University open days.

Step 2

Go to the Online application and ensure you read all the instructions carefully.

Postgraduate Application Form

If you have not already registered for an account, do so first of all. You can then make separate applications under this account for the DTP studentships, and any other studentships you may be interested in.

Step 3

Create a new application for the BBSRC DTP studentship. Select “Postgraduate Research” as the “Academic Career” on the application form.

Work your way through the application form, including all details as requested. Some information on how to complete some sections as follows:

On the "Programme description" section of the application form search for and select “BBSRC DTP PhD Programme”.

Part 3 - “Proposed Research” section. Identify your first choice supervisor and project title (this should be the lead supervisor name on the project). In the Further information section, list up to two more lead supervisors and project titles.

Part 8 – “Main Funding Source” – select Internal, University Scholarship, Awarding Body: BBSRC DTP. The other boxes in the funding source can remain blank.

Step 4

Your application form must be accompanied by a number of supporting documents. These are:

  • A supporting statement. This should be a maximum of 500 words summarising your motivation for PhD study, outlining any research experience and why you want to do a postgraduate research degree in Manchester.
  • Two references from people who have knowledge of your academic ability. References must be signed, dated and on headed paper. References should be accompanied by a Referee Report Form. Please ensure that your referees complete this form electronically and submit this with your application, or email it to
  • Certificates and transcripts from all your current/previous degrees.
  • Official English Language transcript (IELTS or TOEFL), if applicable.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV).

All supporting documents can be uploaded and submitted with the online application form or, alternatively, can be sent directly to the BBSRC DTP Recruitment Office. Your application cannot be considered until all of your supporting documents are supplied.

Step 5

For applicants whose first language is not English you must supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test.

For PhD applicants we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall [or TOEFL (paper) 577, TOEFL (internet) 90]. The University of Manchester's TOEFL code is 0757.

Step 6

Once submitted you will receive acknowledgement that your application has been received. Once all your supporting documents have been received your application will be reviewed by the BBSRC DTP Recruitment Committee and circulated to your preferred Supervisor(s).

Step 7

You will be kept informed of the progress of your application throughout the application procedure. We will contact you directly if we wish to invite you to one of our Interview Days following supervisor nominations in late 2017 or early 2018 (see Important dates).

If you are interested in applying for the undergraduate summer research experience placements (REPs) please visit this page.