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Good degree in the Physical Sciences?
Interested in biological or medical research?
We offer fully-funded PhD places across the Oxford Doctoral Training Centre programmes: Life Sciences Interface, Systems Biology and Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science Industrial Doctorate Centre. PhD supervisors are drawn from at least 10 different departments across the University.
Life Sciences Interface
Candidates are invited to apply to the University of Oxford’s 4-year Life Sciences Interface PhD* programme. This pioneering interdisciplinary programme provides a completely new perspective on research at the interface between the physical and life sciences.
A major advantage of the Life Sciences Interface programme is that you are not required to choose your PhD project immediately. You undertake two terms of taught modules covering the breadth of scientific knowledge and techniques needed to carry out research in this area, followed by two 10 week research projects with prospective PhD supervisors before making your decision. All students are given the opportunity to develop core skills in mathematical and computational modelling, bioinformatics, data analysis and scientific communication, and to gain hands-on experience in modern laboratory techniques.
Students undertake research projects linked to one of the four internationally renowned research programmes at Oxford covering bioinformatics, evolution and genomics, medical imaging, biological physics and computational biology. Current research topics range from multi-parametric characterization of cardiac tissue function, to analysing genetic structural variation in chimpanzees.
We welcome applications from students who hold, or are on target to achieve a 1st or 2:1 degree in mathematics, computing or a physical or life sciences subject and from mature students with relevant interests and expertise. Full studentships are available to home students and fees-only studentships are available to EU students (EPSRC eligibility criteria apply) for the forthcoming academic year.
* known in Oxford as a DPhil