PhD Studentships are an essential part of a Research team. Postgraduate students are selected from the brightest graduates and undertake supervised detailed studies for three years. At the end of this period, a written thesis outlining the research questions they have been investigating is produced and examined by means of an oral exam which includes an external and internal examiner. It is a tough and important course which all scientists must pass to be considered qualified. Ph.D ‘Students’ have been responsible for many major breakthroughs during their tenure. The skills learned form the basis of many brilliant academic careers as well as contributing materially to the work of the team. The cost of a PhD Studentship is around £76,000, which covers a stipend for the student, fees and laboratory costs.