4 Year DPhil/PhD - Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership

4 Year DPhil/PhD - Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership

Candidates are invited to apply to the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme. The programme is supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UKRI BBSRC) and aims to equip a new generation of researchers with the skills, insight and knowledge needed to tackle the most important challenges in bioscience research.

Led by the University of Oxford, the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP brings together the expertise and facilities of nine world-class research institutions.

These include: The Pirbright Institute, Oxford Brookes University, Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, STFC Central Laser Facility, Research Complex at Harwell, Rosalind Franklin Institute, Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford and INEOS Oxford Institute.

We provide an innovative, individually-tailored graduate training programme that includes taught courses in interdisciplinary skills and the opportunity for students to undertake two exploratory 12-week research projects with prospective supervisors before selecting their main research project.

In addition to our main DTP programme, we also offer a number of specific projects with named supervisors, details of which can be found on our website (www.biodtp.ox.ac.uk).

Students also undertake a 12-week professional internship or industrial placement to gain direct experience of the areas of work into which they can apply their skills.

Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership

The course admits students with an academic background in science, engineering, mathematics or related disciplines who wish to conduct fundamental and applied bioscience research within the research themes of Integrative Plant & Animal Biology, Mechanistic Molecular and Cellular Bioscience, Bioscience for Food, Industry and Health, and Transformative Technologies.

Specific research areas within the programme include:

  • Animal Health
  • Animal Welfare
  • Cellular Mechanisms
  • Crop Science
  • Developmental Biology
  • Immunology
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant Science
  • Regenerative Biology
  • Stem Cells
  • Structural Biology
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Technology Development
  • Other World Class Biosciences

We welcome applications from students who hold, or are on target to achieve a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in a relevant academic subject. Applicants also need to be able to meet the University of Oxford’s English Language proficiency criteria. Up to 40 fully-funded places are available for the forthcoming academic year supported by the BBSRC and the partnership (BBSRC eligibility criteria apply).

We particularly welcome applications from applicants who belong to groups that are under-represented in bioscience research, for example on the basis of ethnicity or socio-economic background. The programme is taking part in a continuing pilot programme to improve the selection procedure for graduate applications, in order to ensure that all candidates are evaluated fairly. The socio-economic data you provide in the application form will be used to contextualise the shortlisting and decision-making processes where it has been provided. Please make sure you carefully read the instructions available from our website concerning submission of your CV/résumé, statement of purpose, transcript and letters of support from referees when applying.

Full details of the programme and information on the admissions criteria and how to apply via the University of Oxford can be found at https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/interdisciplinary-bioscience and https://www.biodtp.ox.ac.uk.

You can also apply to the programme via Oxford Brookes University following the instructions avaliable at https://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/research/the-oxford-interdisciplinary-bioscience-dtp.

Applicants who are successfully admitted to the programme through either route will be registered for a degree at the corresponding University and will have a supervisor from this University in their supervisory team. Students at both universities participate fully in all aspects of DTP training.

 Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership