We are the White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in Mechanistic Biology, which brings together the research of the world-class molecular and cellular bioscience centres at the White Rose universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.  Click here for the most up to date news and highlights.

Our mission

Our mission is to train excellent bio-scientists who understand how living systems work
and can innovate to address global challenges, such as the impact of climate change, a healthier old age, sustainable food production, land use and energy production.

The collaboration has attracted three major investments from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) which together with additional investment from the partner universities is currently supporting 133 PhD studentships across 4 years at our three Universities.

Join us

Our students are part of a larger cohort and we offer a structured programme of cohort-wide training and events. Your training includes the Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS), where you will spend three months at a host organisation of your choosing. You will gain experience of work in a professional environment, as well as acquiring transferable skills that will be beneficial in your future career.

Find out about the different types of studentships on offer and how to apply on our main Apply page.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Within the DTP, we know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact. We are working to bring down barriers and promote equity in access to our DTP. Find out more about what we are doing to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) here.