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The Medical Sciences Doctoral Training Centre hosts one Direct Entry D.Phil (PhD) programme for Clinicians and seven structured D.Phil. (PhD) programmes offered by the Medical Sciences Graduate School.

Structured D.Phil. programmes are 4 years long and focus on specific research areas. Students spend the first year undertaking course work and short research projects in 2 or 3 laboratories. Their main research project is completed over the remaining 3 years of the programme.