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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 12 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 Diamond Light Source

In addition to the above, 10 Oxford-MRC DTP Enterprise studentships (iCASE awards) will be available for entry in October 2023. For further details of the available iCASE projects go to Oxford-MRC DTP Enterprise studentships.


* MRC Units and Centres:

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

MRC Brain Networks Dynamics Unit 

MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) 

MRC Molecular Haematology Unit

MRC Translational Immunology Discovery Unit

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