At NIBSC we develop standards and reference materials, test medicinal products and carry out scientific research; activities that are essential for making sure the biological medicines patients receive are safe and effective.

As a centre of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency we play a leading role in protecting and improving public health and supporting innovation through scientific research and development.

Our collaborative, 
multi-institutional 3-year PhD studentships offer an opportunity to develop knowledge and expertise in biological medicines and gain valuable experience working in different research environments. 

Applications for the 2020 programmes are now open.
Find out more on the available studentships below:

PhD_ATD_NIBSCThe development of a genomic variant ‘truth set’ to aid next-generation sequencing-based cancer diagnostics.
Application deadline: 5:00pm (GMT), 30 April 2020. Previous applications are still being considered.

PhD_VIR_NIBSC‘Exploitation of Influenza A virus’ reliance on host factors essential to virus entry to examine novel methods of virus attenuation for the generation of live attenuated vaccines.
Application deadline: 5:00pm (GMT), 30 April 2020. Previous applications are still being considered.

Further studentships will be advertised shortly.

If you have any questions about our PhD studentship programme contact us at

Working at NIBSC

Our scientists work at the interface of industry, academia and medicines regulation, collaborating with manufacturers, regulators and control laboratories and researchers worldwide to support the use and development of biological medicines. Because of their specialist expertise, NIBSC scientists are often required to respond rapidly to public health emergencies, such as pandemic influenza, or safety issues associated with use of biologics. 

We also help to develop national and international policies related to the use of biological medicines, sharing our knowledge and expert advice with key committees and policy making bodies.  

To allow us to protect and improve public health we receive some core funding from the UK Department of Health, and also supply reference materials and undertake control testing. Our scientific research is supported by external research grant funding secured from a range of international as well as national grant awarding bodies.