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Interdisciplinary Medical Research (MRC Doctoral Training Partnership) DPhil

University of Oxford

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

About the course

The Oxford-MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) provides comprehensive fully-funded support for graduate students undertaking medical research in any area within the MRC’s remit, leading to a DPhil in Interdisciplinary Medical Research.

The MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is a postgraduate research training programme, led by the University’s Medical Sciences Division and the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, including several MRC Centres and Units, with external associated partners MRC Harwell and Diamond Light Source.

MRC DTP students undertake DPhil study in any area within the remit of the MRC. Typically, approximately 25 new students are funded each year through the partnership, undertaking projects across the medical sciences, with a particular focus on four areas.

  • Infection and Immunology
  • Neuroscience (incorporating Psychology and Psychiatry)
  • Cancer
  • Population health, genomics and genes.

You will be admitted directly onto a research project with one of the University’s world-leading scientists, who will act as your supervisor. You will either choose a project or design your own project in collaboration with your proposed supervisor. In either case, you will be expected to play an active role in shaping your project over the course of the DPhil. Graduate students play a valuable part in life of the department in which they are based and are encouraged to be involved with the scientific and social life of the department at all levels. In addition, as part of a wider MRC DTP cohort, you will have access to a wide range of DTP training and activities.


All students will be initially admitted to the status of Probationer Research Student (PRS). Within a maximum of six terms as a full-time PRS student or twelve terms as a part-time PRS student, you will be expected to apply for transfer of status from Probationer Research Student to DPhil status. This application is normally made by the fourth term for full-time students and by the eighth term for part-time students.

A successful transfer of status from PRS to DPhil status will require the submission of a transfer report. Students who are successful at transfer will also be expected to apply for and gain confirmation of DPhil status to show that their work continues to be on track. This will need to done within nine terms of admission for full-time students and eighteen terms of admission for part-time students. Both milestones normally involve an interview with two assessors (other than your supervisor) and therefore provide important experience for the final oral examination.

Tuition fees

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£ 27,460per year

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University information

University of Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 35 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    214 88%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    97 97%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.42 88%



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