Application Procedure

March 2021 Updates -
  • Please note that although the programme remains open to applications for certain studentships, unfortunately we cannot fund any overseas students who apply at this stage (you must have applied by 22nd January to be considered for funding).

  • Studentships with the Rosalind Franklin Institute available - see here for further details and here to apply (please put the code RFI on your application form) by 26th March. 

  • A studentship in memory of one of our founding academics, Chris Hawes, is available through Oxford Brookes University. Further details and how to apply here

This course is taking part in a pilot on the assessment procedure of graduate applications to address conscious and unconscious bias for entry in the 2021-22 academic year. Please carefully read the instructions concerning submission of your CV/résumé in the 'How to apply' section page of the Graduate Admissions online application form, as well as the full details about this pilot.
We no longer require a copy of your CV to be sent to us in advance of applying to the programme. 
  • Please ensure you visit our page on the Graduate Admissions website for further information on how to apply, including Entry Requirements.
  • In order to apply, you must use the secure Graduate Admissions online application form and ensure that you read the Accompanying Notes of Guidance carefully before making your application. (Paper applications are only acceptable in exceptional circumstances where it is not possible for you to apply online. If you do have an exceptional need to use a paper form, please contact Graduate Admissions and Funding)
  • Applicants for standard DTP places should put 'Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP' in the box marked 'proposed field of study and title of research project'. Applicants for iCASE studentships should put the name of the project and the lead supervisor. 
  • Please note that applicants for UKRI-BBSRC iCASE studentships and partner studentships should contact the academic supervisor, or the main contact listed in the project details for the specific project they wish to be considered for, to determine whether they are encouraged to apply before submitting an application.
  • All candidates must apply also for membership of a College. We encourage applicants to consider applying to Linacre College, University College, and Reuben College, with whom the programme is closely associated. However, students may seek membership of any college which admits applicants to the course. 
  • Details of how to apply to the DTP via Oxford Brookes University are available here.
  • Applications will be assessed by the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University once they have been submitted. Please note that it is likely that all interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held online in 2020/21. We welcome applications from diverse candidates, and disabled and neurodiverse applicants who are shortlisted for interview are encouraged to request reasonable adjustments as needed.
  • If you have a query about the application form itself, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office directly at For other queries, please contact the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP on

Application Deadlines (please click here for more information on the different deadlines)

13 November 2020 All Applicants
8 January 2021 Recommended for applicants interested in working in departments within the Medical Sciences Division
22 January 2021 All Applicants - we cannot guarantee places will be available after this deadline


  • Four-year studentships are available funded by UKRI-BBSRC, University of Oxford, DTP partner organisations, non-academic partner organisations and various Charitable Trusts. Restrictions on eligibility set by individual funding bodies will apply.
  • If you are classified as Home for fees purposes, you are eligible to be considered automatically for one of our prestigious UKRI-BBSRC studentships which covers all course fees for the four years of the programme together with a stipend for living expenses, currently valued at £15,285 per year.
  • Specific scholarship funding, such as the Academic Futures Scholarships and the Oxford-Reuben Graduate Scholarships, is available for UK-domiciled students who are eligible for a fee waiver due to socioeconomic circumstances, or who have reported other indicators of disadvantage during the application process. Please note that you will need to check the box to indicate your willingness to disclose this information when you submit your standardised CV to be considered for this funding. More information on the fee waiver can be found here.
  • EU and overseas candidates will be considered for competitive scholarship funding from the programme, however note that an offer of a place on the programme does not automatically guarantee funding. Please also see Fees, funding and scholarship search for details of alternative sources of funding. Further information on eligibility for UKRI-BBSRC studentships will be released as soon as possible. 
  • Specific scholarships are awarded competitively to students who are planning to undertake research projects involving DTP partner organisations (The Pirbright Institute, Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, The Rosalind Franklin Institute). Please indicate when applying if you wish to be considered for one of these scholarships.
  • EPA Cephalosporin-Linacre Studentships. EPA-Cephalosporin-Linacre Studentships are funded by the EPA Cephalosporin Trust in association with Linacre College and will provide full scholarships for students in the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and the EPSRC Sustainable Approaches to Biomedical Science: Responsible and Reproducible Research Centre for Doctoral Training (SABS:R3). Scholarships will be awarded to students from socio-economic backgrounds that are under-represented in doctoral research.

    Eligibility will be assessed on the same basis as eligibility to participate in the University of Oxford’s UNIQ+ graduate access internship programme ( Therefore, to be eligible for these studentships students should have been previously admitted to, or determined to be eligible for admission to UNIQ+, or meet the criteria for admission for UNIQ+ based on socioeconomic information provided during the online application process.

    Students who wish to be considered for these scholarships are requested to indicate their agreement for socioeconomic data to be used in assessing their application when submitting the standard CV used by the DTP and SABS:R3 programmes.