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A key feature of the partnership is its flexibility. DTP-funded students can undertake one of several different types of PhD/DPhil course on offer in any area within the remit of the Medical Research Council.

Approximately 25 new PhD/DPhil students are funded each year through the partnership, undertaking projects in a wide range of areas, with a particular focus on four areas.

A DTP-funded student can undertake one of two main types of PhD or DPhil. A direct-entry PhD/DPhil, where you begin your main research project at the outset, or a structured PhD/DPhil where you undertake rotations through 2 or 3 laboratories in your first year before selecting your final project. 

Projects can be taken up throughout the Medical Sciences Division, including MRC Units and Centres*, at most MPLS Departments and at MRC Harwell Institute and Diamond Light Source

In addition to the above, 4 Oxford-MRC DTP Enterprise studentships (iCASE awards) will be available for entry in October 2021. These will be advertised in October 2020. For further details of the iCASE awards, see last year’s Oxford-MRC DTP Enterprise studentships.


* MRC Units and Centres:

MRC/CRUK/BHF Clinical Trial Services Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit

CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology 

MRC Centre for Genomics and Global Health 

MRC Brain Networks Dynamics Unit 

MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) 

MRC Molecular Haematology Unit

MRC Human Immunology Unit

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