Students in the DTP undertake exploratory projects and DPhil/PhD projects with a wide range of supervisors across the University of Oxford and at Oxford Brookes University, subject to approval by the DTP directorate.  For further information on the research interests of potential supervisors within the universities please visit the departmental websites listed below*.



Computer Science

Dunn School of Pathology


Experimental Psychology


Nuffield Department of Medicine

Oxford e-Research Centre



Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG)

Plant Sciences



Biological and Medical Sciences (Oxford Brookes)

The projects available also include projects that are jointly supervised by academics at the University of Oxford or Oxford Brookes University and researchers based in one or more DTP partner organisations:

Pirbright Institute

Diamond Light Source


STFC Central Laser Facility

Research Complex at Harwell

*This list includes departments with substantial research activities in areas covered by the DTP. There may be additional academics within Oxford who are eligible to supervise DTP projects who are not members of the departments listed above. If you have any queries regarding potential supervisors or research topics please contact us at

To assist students in identifying potential supervisors we have provided lists of researchers at the University of Oxford who have recently received funding from the BBSRC and of researchers at the Pirbright Institute who are interested in supervising DTP students.

Please note that although the DTP’s remit includes research relevant to understanding normal human function, it does not include research focused on specific human diseases, human disease processes or abnormal conditions. Students with interests in these areas are encouraged to consider applying to other programmes within the university with relevant research priorities (for further details see the DTC Portal, the Medical Science Division graduate website and relevant departmental websites).