Doctoral Training Alliance Studentship opportunities in the Centre for Research in Biosciences and Centre for Health and Clinical Research

We are inviting applications for two full-time PhD studentships in the area of Biomedical Sciences. These studentships will be a part of the Doctoral Training Alliance in 'Applied Biosciences for Health'.

These studentships will start on 1 October 2017.

The closing date for applications is Monday 22 May 2017.

Research projects

DTA01 - Centre for Health and Clinical Research

Biomechanical analysis of persistent changes in gait mechanics after Total Hip Replacement surgery and the effects of gait retraining

DTA02 - Centre for Research in Biosciences

Microbial impact on colorectal tumour progression: potential for early bowel cancer detection

About the studentships

UWE Bristol is part of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) in Applied Biosciences for Health, a University Alliance initiative which aims to deliver a new approach to postgraduate research opportunities. It builds on the research strengths and industry-focused ethos of Alliance universities, offering fully funded postgraduate programmes which deliver excellent research with real world impact, an expert network of support and potential employment opportunities for researchers. 

Students will be based at UWE Bristol and undertake a project within either the Centre for Research in Biosciences (CRIB) or the Centre for Health and Clinical Research (CHCR).

The PhD projects will include collaborations between one or more Alliance Universities. Details of these collaborations will be agreed with the supervisor.

CRIB has an international reputation for research in the Biomedical and Health area and achieved outstanding rating in the REF 2014 with 79% of the research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The Centre has excellent research facilities and close links with NHS partners, regional, national and international universities and industrial companies.

The Centre for Health and Clinical Research undertakes research to improve the health and wellbeing of our society in collaboration with the public, clinicians, academics and works locally, nationally and internationally. The Centre delivers excellent applied research and evaluation, which provides solutions for health and social care challenges. Our activity is supported by researchers working in the fields of long term conditions, emergency and critical care, children and young people, with cross cutting themes including, health, ethics and society, patient and public involvement in research and evaluation.

The students will become a member of the faculty postgraduate community and receive comprehensive training in not only the area of the project but also will acquire practical innovation and entrepreneurial expertise. This will include attendance at the DTA Training Schools.

Funding details

The studentship is available from 1 October 2017 for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax-exempt stipend, which is currently £14,553 per annum. 

In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years (Home/EU rates only). Overseas applicants will be required to cover the difference between Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates in each year of study.

The studentship will also include an allowance for travel and subsistence to enable interaction between the collaborating organisations. Researchers on the programme will also be encouraged to collaborate on their work with colleagues in the cohort.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must have a good honours degree (2.1 or equivalent) in Biological, Biomedical, or other Health related relevant disciplines. Desirable criteria are evidence of further study at Masters level or equivalent and practical laboratory experience.

You will be provided with excellent training and supported in your development as an independent researcher.

A recognised English language qualification is required.

Supervisory team

The supervisory team will comprise of two academics from the specific Research Centre, with expertise in the relevant area.

How to apply


Please submit your completed application to by Monday 22 May 2017

If it is not possible to submit your application via email, you may post your application to the following address:

UWE Bristol Graduate School
Room 3E37
UWE Bristol
Coldharbour Lane
Frenchay, Bristol
BS16 1QY

Please be aware you application needs to arrive by the deadline date so please allow extra days for posting.

Application forms

Please complete and return the following forms:

Each of your referees must complete and return the following reference form to you as part of your application:

Please consult the application Guidance notes when completing the above forms. 

Please note: When submitting 'supporting documents' electronically, please ensure that all scanned documents are saved in black and white so that the size of the document is kept to a minimum.

Further information

Interviews will  take place in the week commencing Monday 19 June 2017. If you have not heard from us by Monday 19 June 2017, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.

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