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There has never been a better time to study structural biology, with new technologies giving increasingly detailed insight into molecules, pathogens and even whole cellular systems. Our D. Phil. programme in Cellular Structural Biology is a collaborative graduate programme coordinated by the University of Oxford, Diamond Light Source and the Rosalind Franklin Institute. We provide our diverse cohort of students with a comprehensive training in structural biology methodology. They then choose exciting projects in structural biology methods development or in the application of structural biology to study important cellular systems, gaining an outstanding training and making important discoveries.

Applicants who are offered places on the Cellular Structural Biology course will be fully funded. This generous funding from Wellcome includes:

  • Course fees at the home rate* 
  • Four full years of stipend at not less than £19,919 per annum
  • £50,000 for research expenses
  • £2,500 for travel expenses
  • Access to a transitional fund which can be used to support internship and other activities intended to support the career development of students at the end of their course.

*International applicants are welcome to apply to the programme, and any successful applicants will have the international component of their fee covered from University funds.

Read the full DPhil in Cellular Structural Biology course information  on the University of Oxford admissions website.

Rhys Pryce, DPhil student in Cellular Structural BiologyRhys Pryce, DPhil student in Cellular Structural Biology
I was especially attracted by the Wellcome programme because of the opportunity to try different rotations.Read more about Rhys's experiences


The following researchers are affiliated with this programme

Phil Biggin

Professor of Computational Biochemistry

Paul Elliott

MRC Career Development Fellow

Gwyndaf Evans

Principal Beamline Scientist

Maria Harkiolaki

Principal Beamline Scientist

Matthew Higgins

Professor of Molecular Parisitology

Colin Kleanthous

Iveagh Professor of Microbial Biochemistry

James Naismith

Simon Newstead

Allen Orville

Group Leader, XFEL Hub

Robin Owen

Principal Beamline Scientist

Rob Rambo

Group Leader, Soft Condensed Matter Village

Christina Redfield

Professor of Molecular Biophysics

Carol Robinson

Mark Sansom

Jason Schnell

Associate Professor

Elena Seiradake

Associate Professor & Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow

Christian Siebold

Professor of Structural Biology

John Vakonakis

Associate Professor

Frank von Delft

Martin Walsh

Deputy Director of Life Sciences

Supported by

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Application Deadline

Open to applications for 2022 entry.  Apply by 12:00 midday UK time on Friday 3 December 2021.

Supported by

Wellcome Trust

Diamond Light Source

Further Information

Programme website

Statement of Provision