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The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership


Key facts

Start dates

September 2023 / October 2023

Application deadline

Deadline for receipt of applications: 12 noon on 6 January 2023.

Interview date: To be confirmed.



Course length

Full time: 4 years

More details

Stipend: stipend is at the UKRI rate, which was  £17,668 for the academic year 2022/23. The studentship covers bench fees, stipend, and tuition fees.

Entry requirement: applicants require a good Honours degree level equivalent to a UK degree BSc (minimum 2.1 or higher).


The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme is a 4 year DPhil*/PhD that will provide you with the skills needed to tackle important challenges in bioscience research.

This innovative, individually-tailored programme includes taught courses in interdisciplinary skills and the opportunity in Year 1 to undertake two exploratory research projects with prospective supervisors, before choosing the 3 year research project. You'll undertake a 12 week professional internship to gain experience in areas of work that you can apply your skills to.

We are offering two places on the BBSRC funded DTP in the areas of plant cell biology, mammalian cell biology, molecular biology, parasitology and bioimaging. Successful candidates will enjoy access to state of the art facilities including newly refurbished laboratories and bioimaging suite.

Many projects can be taken as a 3-month rotation or full PhD project. Students with an Oxford Brookes supervisor may undertake projects at any of the partner organisations. Listed rotation projects are examples only.  

Research student

Additional details

In addition to your choice of PhD project at Oxford Brookes University, you will be able to undertake your exploratory research projects at any of the seven world-class research institutions that make up the DTP:

The programme is supported by the (BBSRC) with additional support from within the Partnership.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold/or expect to obtain a UK Bachelor’s Degree 2:1 or better (or overseas equivalent) in a Life Sciences degree, which includes the study of Molecular Biology.

UKRI-BBSRC eligibility criteria apply.

Application process

When you are ready to apply, please read all the instructions carefully before starting your application. Please provide all documentation to, which can also be contacted with any questions concerning your application.

Queries about the programme can be directed to Dr Andrew Jones

Oxford Brookes University as a member of the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership is following the Pilot assessment procedure: MPLS doctoral training courses - University of Oxford. Please follow the application instructions carefully.

Supporting documents

  1. Oxford Brookes Studentship Application Form
  2. Upload your CV using the online form. Although the link states that it's for University of Oxford applications, this standardised CV is also being used by Oxford Brookes University. Once you have completed the form you'll have 15 minutes to download your CV as a PDF document. We request that you anonymise your name and gender pronouns. This PDF document is in the same format for all applicants. You should not modify the document or submit your CV in a different format.
  3. Anonymised standard statement of purpose (maximum of 1000 words)
    This should describe in English how your background and research interests relate to the programme, following the template below. It should focus primarily on academic, research or employment-related achievements and interests rather than personal achievements and interests. Please ensure that the word count is clearly displayed on the document.
    • Briefly explain your motivation for undertaking doctoral study, including at least one specific example of how you have prepared yourself for doctoral study that illustrates your commitment and motivation
    • Summarise your previous achievements and experience, including information on any research you have conducted, relevant employment or work experience (if any), and any activities or experience that illustrate your communication skills, team skills or personal strengths.
    • Explain your motivation for applying to undertake the DTP and why you are a suitable candidate for the projects of interest.

    Your statement of purpose will be assessed for:

    • your reasons for applying
    • evidence of motivation for and understanding of the proposed area of study
    • the ability to present a reasoned case in English
    • preliminary knowledge of research techniques
    • understanding of problems in the area and ability to construct and defend an argument.

    It's normal for your ideas and goals to change as you participate in the programme.

  4. Letters of reference - candidates should ask three referees to send their anonymised references to on/before the application deadline.
  5. Transcripts - your transcripts should give detailed information of the individual grades received in your university level qualifications to date. You should only provide official documents issued by your institution. Any transcript not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation.
  6. English Language Certificate (If appropriate) our requirement is IELTS: 6.5-7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Certain alternatives may be acceptable. 
  7. Contextual Statement -  this is optional and should be no more than 4,000 characters. You may wish to provide this, particularly if any of these apply. You:
    • are in the first generation of your family to go to university
    • have been in care for at least three months
    • have been a young carer
    • are from a low-income background
    • have received a means-tested scholarship
    • have needed to work to support yourself during your academic studies because of your socioeconomic circumstances
    • are a refugee
    • are neurodivergent
    • have or have had one or more disabilities or chronic illnesses that have affected you in education or at work
    • wish to disclose other circumstances that have substantially affected you in education or at work.

We recognise that socio-economic data may not fully capture an individual student’s personal circumstances. If any of the above apply, we encourage you to submit a statement providing additional detail on your personal circumstances. This will not be made available to assessors during the initial phase of academic shortlisting, but may be used in association with socio-economic data to contextualise short-listing and decision-making processes.

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Research degree fees and project costs
The studentship covers bench fees, stipend, and tuition fees. The stipend is based on the UKRI rate, which was £17,668 for 2022-23

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Research degree fees and project costs
The studentship covers bench fees, stipend, and tuition fees. The stipend is based on the UKRI rate, which was £17,668 for 2022-23

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088