Application Procedure

The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP is open to applications for 2024 entry. 


** Pirbright studentship now open to applications**

Please see our Pirbright Studentships page for details.  Deadline for applications has been exteded to 12 noon (UK time) on Friday 28th June 2024.  If you have already applied to the main DTP programme but are interested in being considered for the Pirbright Studentship, please email

The student who is awarded this studentship will have the opportunity to participate fully in the 4-year training programme provided by the DTP and will undertake exploratory projects in two research groups before committing to a specific 3-year research project, which will be undertaken under the primary supervision of a researcher at The Pirbright Institute, with co-supervision from a researcher at the University of Oxford.

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 2024-25 academic year. Please read carefully the instructions concerning submission of your transcript and references in the 'How to apply' section page of the Graduate Admissions online application form, as well as the full details about this pilot.


** New DPhil Project **

Please see our DTP Partnership Studentships page for details of two new DPhil projects with Diamond Light Source Ltd. Deadline for applications 1st March 2024. If you have already applied to the main DTP programme but are interested in being considered for these projects, please email


The fastest, most efficient and preferred method of application to the University of Oxford is via the secure online application form. Applications to individual projects are to be made through the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP, ensuring you follow the instructions regarding our pilot assessment procedure. Please put the title of the project in the box marked 'proposed field of study'. 


General guidance for applicants:

  • Please review information available through this website on our research themes and programme structure to ensure this programme is suitable for you and that your proposed research topic falls within BBSRC remit. 

  • Please ensure you visit our page on the Graduate Admissions website for further information on how to apply, including Entry Requirements.  As part of the application, you will be asked to complete an integrated CV.  Click here for a Word version of this document which might help you to fill in the online application. 

  • 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. Applicants who are interested in working with a DTP partner organisation (e.g. The Pirbright Institute, Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source) should provide the names of any partner organisations they are interested in working with here. 

  • Please note that applicants for UKRI-BBSRC iCASE studentships, partner studentships or other specific studentships offered in association with the DTP 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, St. Cross 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. You can apply for admission to the DTP both through the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University, but to do so you will need to submit two applications, one for each institution. 

  • All students have two (and sometimes more) supervisors in their DPhil/PhD supervisory team, which for students in the main DTP programme is finalised after they have undertaken DTP training modules and rotations. Students who apply via Oxford Brookes University will be registered for a PhD at Oxford Brookes University and will need to have a supervisor at Oxford Brookes University within their supervisory team. Students who apply via the University of Oxford will be registered for a DPhil at the University of Oxford and will need to have a supervisor from the University of Oxford within their supervisory team. All students within the DTP participate in the same training programme and can have additional supervisors from any of the organisations within the DTP within their supervisory team. Students can be primarily based with any of the ten organisations within the DTP, irrespective of the University at which they are registered. Collaborative supervision between organisations and departments within the DTP is encouraged. 

  • Applications will be assessed by the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University once they have been submitted. All interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held online. We welcome applications from diverse candidates, and disabled and neurodivergent 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 administrative queries about applying to the DTP via Oxford Brookes please contact: For other queries, please contact the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP on

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

5 January 2024

All applicants wishing to be considered for UKRI-BBSRC or University of Oxford scholarship funding

1 March 2024

Final deadline (please check this website to see if any funded scholarships remain available before applying)