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The Boots Company CTP

We are recruiting a cohort of PhD students to start on a new programme beginning in October 2022 as part of the Biosciences and Biotechnology Research Council's (BBSRC) Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) initiative.

The Boots Company plc is partnering with The University of Manchester to develop enterprising and entrepreneurial, highly trained doctorate scientists with transferable research and business skills through the BBSRC CTP scheme.

These skills will allow PhD students who complete the programme to make valuable contributions to the UK economy in tackling some of the bioscience challenges of the future.

About the programme

The projects within this CTP will:

  • focus on delivering world-class bioscience research in skin health to help us tackle important scientific challenges associated with skin's functional decline with age;
  • translate novel scientific insights into education and training content;
  • support the development of new therapeutic interventions, including both products and services, to help all people maximise their skin health throughout their lifetime;
  • address the lack of diversity within skin and cosmetics research, with project outcomes and aims designed from the outset to avoid delivering conclusions and insights that are only relevant to a specific skin type or ethnicity.

PhD students will benefit from the opportunity to go on placements within the No7 Beauty Company Research team and wider Boots Company plc business functions.

Short projects will be designed to expand your technical skills in an applied way, and build more business-oriented skills and knowledge.

Available projects and how to apply

The following projects are available within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health for October 2022 entry.

Full details including entry requirements, funding information and how to apply can be found on the following project pages on the FindAPhD website: