During the first year of the PhD, the training programme will start to build a strong theoretical and practical base in subjects directly related to the student’s project. In addition, students will get the opportunity meet with industrialists and will start to understand the Industrial Biotechnology landscape.

Induction Day

Within the first month of study, PhD students and their supervisors will be invited to meet the IBioIC team and the rest of the cohort at an Induction Day event. The aim of the event is to provide an overview of the programme and what to expect.

Compulsory training

Practical Research Training (Foundation)

IBioIC will work with the academic supervisor and student to identify priority areas for foundation training relevant to the project. Where available, the training will be delivered by the host university. Where there is a need identified for training that is not delivered at the host university, IBioIC will aim to match the student with a suitable provider through our academic or industrial partners.

STEMNET STEM Ambassador Training

This is a half-day training session delivered by STEMNET covering communication skills, body language, vocal inflection and also “Powerful Practical’s” training looks at how you can turn a good idea into an activity. It will address health and safety, planning, and pitching your message at a useful level, this training is designed to support the development of interactive elements into the student’s STEM Ambassadors activities.

Introduction to intellectual property and commercial awareness

This course will be delivered by an experienced IP legal professional and will outline the basics of IP law, its application in bioscience and the need to understand confidentiality agreements.

Industrial Biotechnology and Governance

This bespoke course is delivered by representatives from the Innogen Institute. The course aims to provide students with a broad grounding in industrial biotechnology, the innovation opportunities in the global bio-economy and the governance of the technology, drawing on Innogen's research and expertise in the area.

Project management

This course will provide an introduction to project management methodology which can be applied across the lifespan of the PhD project. This course will either be delivered by the host university or delivered by IBioIC if required.

Interdisciplinary training

Every year, students will partake in an interdisciplinary session to increase their level of awareness across the sector. This may include, for example, supply chain management, company roles awareness or interaction with a complimentary cohort.

Optional training

Core IB Technical Skills: Bioprocessing

Bioprocessing is a key skill in Industrial Biotechnology and forms the basis of the production end of the biotechnology business.

Core IB Technical Skills: Fundaments of Experimental Design for IB

All researchers working in the IB sector benefit from using statistical experimental design to better understand their worlds and then use that understanding to improve the products and processes they are responsible for. This course aims to draw on real world scenarios to provide a basis for good practice in experimental design directly applicable to working in IB.


SysMIC is an online course developed by University College London, The Open University and the University of Edinburgh which provides extensive training in mathematics, statistics and computational methods used in life sciences.
PGCert or equivalent: Completion of a certified researcher scheme will be encouraged as part of the programme.