Unique opportunities to undertake bioscience research and training

Welcome to the NEW South Coast Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SoCoBio DTP). This is a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funded Doctoral Training Partnership offering a broad, 4-year research training programme which provides students with the skills they need to develop into future bioscience leaders in academia or in industry.

SoCoBio is a collaboration between four south coast universities and a specialist institution who have notable strengths in the biosciences and institutional strategies that focus on delivering regional, national and international impact.

Providing unparalleled access to a range of training opportunities, research facilities and world-class expertise, across the host institutions, industrial partners and other providers in the UK and overseas. Launched in 2020, the partnership has a mission to attract, train and deliver a pipeline of skilled, top doctoral talent to the region, the wider UK and for global society.

A message from the Director

" We are very proud of our work in developing the SoCoBio partnership over the last two years and look forward to working with our partners to train the next generation of PhD graduates in the Biosciences for the region, the wider UK and for global society. "
Professor Matthew Terry, SoCoBio DTP Director


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SoCoBio is a new collaboration of four leading Universities and an independent research institute – The University of Southampton, The University of Kent, The University of Sussex, The University of Portsmouth and NIAB-EMR.

To submit a project proposal for consideration for funding from the SoCoBio DTP Studentship Call, please complete the SoCoBio Project Proposal Form. Follow the guidance notes accompanying the proposal form and FAQs document.

Acceptance of a project does not guarantee that the project goes ahead, as this will depend on student choice. However, projects with matched funding from industry are permitted to recruit directly to that studentship.

Call for project proposals for 2021/22 is now open.

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A video message from our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion champion Professor Majid Hafezparast.