The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme is an innovative four-year DPhil/PhD programme supported by the Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC) that aims to equip a new generation of researchers with the skills, insight and knowledge needed to tackle the most important challenges in bioscience research.

The programme is led by the University of Oxford, in partnership with eight world-class research organisations: The Pirbright Institute, Oxford Brookes University, Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, STFC Central Laser Facility, The Rosalind Franklin Institute, the Research Complex at Harwell and the Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford (NNRCO).

The course admits students who wish to conduct fundamental and applied bioscience research. Students from a diverse range of backgrounds are encouraged to apply including students with degrees in the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Computational and Mathematical Sciences. 

Research areas include Integrative Plant and Animal Biology, Mechanistic Molecular and Cellular Bioscience, Transformative Technologies, Bioscience for Health, Animal Health and Welfare, Crop Science, Industrial Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals.
DTP Group of students at Pirbright

 

The multidisciplinary approach as well as the excellent teaching philosophy strongly appealed to me. I felt that this programme is simply ideal to combine my backgrounds in mathematics and biology. This dream of mine is now coming true, making me absolutely happy.

Latest news

Oct, 2019

Following the BBSRC's announcement last week, we're delighted to say the…

Aug, 2019

The DTP recently funded five students to take part in the University's…

Apr, 2019

We are delighted to announce the winners and runners-up of this years DTP…

Feb, 2019

Nick Crang, DTP15, undertakes an internship with UNESCO in Bangkok

About the programme

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Skills Training
Our training progresses through four phases, developing from core skills to the specialised skills needed for individual student projects, while encouraging students to develop a broad scientific awareness and interdisciplinary skills.
Industry
Industry partnerships
We work with a range of pharmaceutical and medical companies to build a programme which prepares you.
Project teams
Projects
You do two 12-week research projects before embarking on your doctoral project.
Internships
Internships
During years two to four, students undertake a twelve-week internship to gain experience of work in a professional environment and in transferable skills that will be beneficial in their future careers.
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Career preparation
The DTP's Career Development and Professional Skills programme is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to carry out their research and to develop the personal transferable skills needed to succeed in a wide variety of careers.
Interdisciplinary
Interdisciplinary
The Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP has four intersecting research themes that reflect the breadth and strengths of research within the partnership.