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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

    17-JAN-21, 25-APR-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

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. 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.

Your DPhil studies will be guided by a specialised team led by an academic supervisor. DTP students also have one or more formal co-supervisors, who can provide additional scientific advice on their specialist areas and who will offer another viewpoint on the student’s project. As well as your supervisor, you will have the support of a Graduate Advisor, a departmental Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of the MRC DTP.

Your training will be tailored to your particular needs, drawing from the vast range of training available at Oxford and covering both specialist scientific methods and techniques and transferable skills. Much of your scientific training will take place in the lab, where you will be trained by your supervisor and members of the lab team in a variety of techniques and protocols. As a member of the Medical Sciences Graduate School you will have access to a comprehensive programme of Medical Sciences Skills Training. You will attend training sessions specifically for DTP cohorts, including induction events and termly discussion forums. You will have access to supplementary funding for high-cost training and to support your research and career progression. You will have the opportunity to apply for internships and to contribute to shaping the MRC’s future strategic plans through student engagement in the leadership of the Oxford-MRC DTP and in MRC-led activities.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 26,405per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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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