Scholarships and Student Funding

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) covers a wide range of disciplines.


Disciplines covered by the BBSRC include:

  • agriculture and food sciences
  • animal sciences
  • biochemistry and cell biology
  • biomolecular sciences
  • engineering and biological systems
  • genes and developmental biology
  • plant and microbial sciences


Prospective students should usually have a first or upper second-class Honours degree. The BBSRC will also consider exceptional applicants with a second-class Honours degree who have progressed to obtain excellent grades in a Master's degree.


The BBSRC awards Doctoral Training Grants directly to universities, rather than students.

Therefore candidates should not apply to BBSRC, but rather should indicate that they wish to be considered for a BBSRC studentship either on their postgraduate application form or when contacting the School or staff about a PhD position

Further information on BBSRC Doctoral Training Grants, and the departments which currently hold funding for awards to students can be found on the BBSRC website.