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Synthetic Biology (EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training)

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

Entry requirements

At least an upper second-class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in physical sciences (eg engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics) or life sciences (eg biology, biochemistry, microbiology, plant sciences, medical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Course modules

The first two terms are in Oxford, taught by staff from all three institutions, and devoted to acquiring the necessary theoretical and technical skills, through a combination of intensive lecture courses, practicals, seminars, project work and training in research and communication skills.

Over the third term and summer period at the end of the first year, you will undertake two extended projects, each lasting about 10 weeks. These are similar in scope to a master's-level project and serve as both advanced training and to help you choose your research topic for the final three years of the course.

After completing these projects, you will undertake your substantive PhD research projects in synthetic biology in your home participating university.

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 Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 9,235 (Year 1) Channel Islands 4 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 20,700 (Year 1) International 4 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 4,235 (Year 1) Home/EU 4 4 Years

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