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Ion Channels and Membrane Transport in Health and Disease (OXION) DPhil

University of Oxford

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    01-OCT-21

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

About the course

The programme exposes you to a range of multidisciplinary approaches and embraces all aspects of ion channel and membrane transport research from protein structure, x-ray crystallography and single particle CryoEM, genetics and cell physiology, to animal behaviour and human disease. The first year involves exposure to different techniques during two extended rotation projects in different labs. This is followed by a three-year multidisciplinary research project involving two different OXION groups.

In the first year, in addition to the two 5-month laboratory rotations, you will also prepare for a multidisciplinary PhD by undertaking the PILB and PILC animal courses (formerly known as modules one to four) of the Home Office Personal Licence. Other University-based training and lecture courses may also be considered relevant depending upon your background.

A unique aspect of the programme is the wide range of experimental techniques available within the OXION laboratories. These include approaches to whole animal in vivo physiology and animal behaviour, as well as cutting-edge biochemical, biophysical, electrophysiological, structural and computational methods for studying ion channels and membrane proteins.

From the second to fourth years, you will focus on your doctoral research project. This must be a multidisciplinary project that involves more than one research group. Such joint projects not only help you develop independence and a wider range of skills, but also facilitate important collaborations between groups. The final choice of both project and host research groups will be made by you in conjunction with the Organising Committee.

Assessment

All students will be initially admitted to the status of Probationer Research Student (PRS). Within a maximum of six terms as a PRS student you will be expected to apply for transfer of status from Probationer Research Student to DPhil status.

A successful transfer of status from PRS to DPhil status will require the submission of a report on progress to date on research and future plans. Students who are successful at transfer will also be expected to apply for and gain confirmation of DPhil status within ten terms of admission, to show that your work continues to be on track.

Both milestones normally involve an interview with two assessors (other than your supervisor) and therefore provide important experience for the final oral examination.

You will be expected to submit an original thesis of up to 50,000 words within a maximum of four years from the date of admission. To be successfully awarded a DPhil in Ion Channels and Membrane Transport in Health and Disease you will need to defend your thesis orally (viva voce) in front of two appointed examiners.

Graduate destinations

Many graduates from this programme continue with academic postdoctoral research in prestigious laboratories worldwide and some now have independent research positions. Other graduates have entered the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry or have continued with their medical training.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 27,460per 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

  • University League Table

    1st

  • Campus address

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

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    2nd out of 100

    2nd out of 35 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    199 90%

    3rd

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    88.0 88%

    2nd

    5
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    n/a

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    208 86%

    7th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    98.0 98%

    24th

    9
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    n/a

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