The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP is an inclusive and innovative four-year graduate training programme, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UKRI-BBSRC). It 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.


Mission Statement

Our Mission
We aim to deliver training that will enable a new generation of researchers to drive forward the frontiers of bioscience, and to translate this research into high-impact applications.

Our Vision
We aspire to be a world-leading partnership that inspires, enables and supports both staff and students to achieve their full potential in order to enrich scientific knowledge, tackle global and industrial challenges, and benefit the wider community. We are distinctive for our world-class research and facilities and our collaborative, interdisciplinary training approach.

Our values
We aim to create a community that is innovative, inclusive and collaborative, in which everyone feels valued, respected, and supported.



DTP 2019 cohort visiting the Pirbright Institute

The 2019 DTP cohort on a trip to the Pirbright Institute

August 2022

Huge congratulations to our Co Director Professor Esther Becker on being awarded the title of Full Professor! Academics who receive this title have to prove evidence of outstanding research and teaching, as well as other examples of good citizenship to the University community.

Esther says, 'I am super excited about this recognition and would like to thank my mentors for their support but also the amazing team of students and staff who have been working with me over the years!'

June 2022

Annual Symposium 6-7 June 2022

Our Annual Symposium on 6th-7th June 2022 at Oxford Brookes University, and the Symposium Dinner at Cherwell Boathouse, were a great success. This was the first time we had been able to hold the Symposium since 2019 and everyone enjoyed the chance to meet in person.  

March 2022

Applications to the main programme are now closed however we have several studentships still available. Please see the Application Procedure page for more details.

February 2022
  • The Industrial CASE project, Using optimal control approaches to understand resistance in the management of Septoria, with Professor Michael Bonsall, is accepting applications from Home fees students until 1st March.
  • Applications are open for UNIQ+, a scheme providing research internships to students from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds who are ordinarily resident in the UK, with the opportunity to experience postgraduate study. The closing date is 18th February 2022. 
July 2021
  • We are delighted that the activities of current and former DTP students have been recognised in the 2021 MPLS Equality Diversity and Inclusion Awards. A team of BBSRC DTP and NERC DTP students, Victor Ajuwon, Atreyi Chakrabarty, Sara Middleton, and Lauren Rudd, won best initiative for their work in founding the BIPOC STEM Network. DTP alumnus Lucy Taylor, is one of the inaugural MPLS ED&I Fellows and was recognised as an Outstanding ED&I Champion. 
May 2021
  • DTC students have been involved with a podcast series called 'The Academic Armchair' asking key questions about covid-19 and vaccines. Have a listen here: https://theacademicarmchair.libsyn.com/ 
April 2021
  • Huge congratulations and well done to Team Cyano Cycle from the DTP who won the EnviroYES! competition final and the Syngenta Prize for 'best plant, microbial and environmental business plan' prize on 23rd April. Their project focussed on transforming wastewater treatment: a green and efficient solution to get the best out of waste, powered by cyanobacteria.
    cyano cycle team photo