Current Programmes

The Doctoral Training Centre is made up of a series of programmes, each with its own research focus and application process.




Sustainable Approaches to Biomedical Science: Responsible and Reproducible Research 


SABS R³ builds on the internationally leading track record of innovative, interdisciplinary scientific training already established by our existing EPSRC & MRC Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science (SABS) CDT programme.

The original EPSRC SABS Industrial Doctoral Centre (IDC) was established in 2009 as an open innovation partnership between researchers at the University of Oxford and 13 organizations from across the pharmaceutical and biomedical technologies sectors.

In its second incarnation, established in 2014, the EPSRC & MRC SABS CDT grew to now 22 industrial and non-profit partners.

SABS R³'s current partners include some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.



Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership


The BioDTP is primarily for graduates wishing to undertake research in fundamental and applied bioscience.

Click the link above to be taken to the BioDTP website or click here for a short summary and comparison with SABSR3.

Chemistry in Cells

New Technologies to Probe Complex Biology and Medicine


Chemistry in Cells is for graduates considering advanced research in chemical and physical sciences at the interface with biomedicine whilst also promoting a positive research culture throughout the DPhil experience.

Click the link above to be taken to the Chemistry in Cells website or click here for a short summary and comparison with the BioDTP, NERC-Oxford DTP in Environmental Research and SABSR3. 

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Environmental Research Doctoral Training Partnership


The Oxford DTP in Environmental Research has a large cluster of research supervisors who are based in 9 departments in Oxford, and across our external research partners.

Our research spans the breadth of the Natural Environment Research Council’s ‘Discovery Science’ remit.

Our research is world-leading and is often multi-disciplinary.

To help to navigate the opportunities that are available across Oxford, we have clustered our programme under three broad Research Streams – but there are many overlaps and intersections.

Use the stream pages to explore the many and diverse research project ideas that our supervisors would like to develop; and we encourage you to use these ideas, or to develop your own, as you think about where your research might take you.

One major benefit of carrying out a PhD through a doctoral training partnership is the opportunity to develop projects in collaboration with partner organisations who can offer support in many areas, including identifying critical problems that need solutions, and access to facilities, equipment, people, data and collections of materials and samples.

Partner organisations may also be able provide financial assistance and co-supervision; and access to mentoring, work placements, the opportunity to work with organisations outside academia.

These partnership opportunities are mutually beneficial - and will be enriched by your energy and commitment to your field of research, your ideas and your discoveries.