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LIDo is currently still recruiting for iCASE opportunities to join the programme in 2020. Please click 'Apply for iCASE Route' below for more information.

This 4-year programme is aimed at graduates with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research. We invite applications from highly motivated students from a wide range of academic backgrounds including biological, biomedical, veterinary, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical disciplines.

Candidates can choose to join the programme via either the DTP route of entry or directly to an iCASE project. It is also possible to express an interest in both routes of entry. 

Apply for DTP Route

Students who join the programme via the DTP route will undertake two 4-month rotations in their first year before choosing their final PhD project. These rotations will be in two different LIDo partner institutions to benefit from the broad rich research environment offered by this exceptional consortium. 

Students will get the opportunity to work with potential supervisors on project proposals in the Spring/Summer before entry. The final project portfolio for each year is agreed annually in July.

We are currently closed for DTP applications. We will open in October for applications to join the programme in 2021.

Interviews take place in early February with DTP offers made immediately following the interview.


Apply for iCASE Route

Students who join the programme via the iCASE route do not undertake rotations in their first year and instead begin directly on their named industrial collaborative project from the start of the programme. During the 4-years of study iCASE students will spend between 3-18 months on placement with their industry partner.

Click here for details of projects that are still available

Criteria for Entry

Applicants must hold, or be expected to achieve, a first or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent (for example BA, BSc, MSci) or a Masters degree in a relevant subject.

Applicants must be confident using computers and show some evidence of numeracy (minimum GCSE mathematics or statistics or an equivalent or alternatively a university degree module with a good grade).

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programme. The required evidence may be one of the following:

  • Substantial education or work experience conducted in English
  • A recently obtained acceptable English language qualification or test result. Our preferred English language qualification is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version and we require candidates to achieve the level of "GOOD".
  • Good level: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.

Candidates who are unsure if they meet the entry criteria should contact the programme prior to submitting an application.

Criteria for Funding

LIDo offers 41 BBSRC studentships each year across our DTP and iCASE routes of entry.

UK and EU students who meet the UKRI residency requirements (see below) are eligible for a full award, which covers Home/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the agreed UKRI annual amount. Non-resident UK and EU citizens may be eligible for a fees-only award, which does not include a stipend. Non-UK non-EU students are not eligible for a BBSRC award but may be eligible for one of a small number of institutionally funded studentships in the LIDo programme (see International Students section below)

In addition, the LIDo consortium partners contribute a number of institutionally funded DTP places on the programme each year. These awards pay Home/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the same UKRI rate. These studentships are not restricted by the residence requirements for research council funding for postgraduate research but they do restrict students to rotations and PhD projects based at the institution that is providing the funding. 


Residence requirements for research council funding for postgraduate research.

These are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments. Normally, to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education). 

Please refer to the UKRI Training Grant Guidance annex B for full eligibility terms. (PDF)

International Students

Overseas students are welcome to submit an application to the LIDo programme but are not eligible for BBSRC programme funding.

The LIDo consortium partners contribute a number of institutionally funded DTP places on the programme each year, these places can be offered to overseas students. They cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and pay a tax-free stipend equivalent to the agreed UKRI rate. Overseas students in receipt of an institutionally funded place must be able to cover the difference in fees from other funding sources. 

We are also very pleased to accept applications from students who are self-funding or in receipt of alternative scholarships. Please contact the programme if you wish to discuss these options.


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