The University of Oxford

Chemistry in Cells: New Technologies to Probe Complex Biology and Medicine

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Rank: 2 (The Complete University Guide)

Location: University of Oxford


Study mode full-time

Degree: Doctorate

Start Date: 2021/09/01

Duration: 48 months

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The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (September 2020). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via Chemistry in Cells programme provides bespoke training for outstanding graduates from a physical/chemical- sciences background, who want to develop and apply quantitative chemical and physical science techniques to contemporary questions in biomedical science.The course supports four years of DPhil study. The first term of the programme will provide training in research and transferable skills. This will include both taught and practical courses, and the opportunity to meet prospective supervisors and career mentors. Following a 16-week Springboard Phase, students will undertake their full DPhil project for approximately 3.5 years.Taught transferable skills coursesInductionAn orientation to Oxford, the programme, and relevant facilities. An explanation of the course structure and procedures, expectations and responsibilities, research integrity/reproducibility and code of practice. Cohort bonding and interaction with prospective supervisors will be promoted throughout the week.Taught science coursesCells and SystemsThis module introduces core concepts in molecular/cell biology for graduate students with a background in physical sciences.Quantitative Chemical BiologyThis module is delivered with our industrial collaborators and provides an overview of different quantitative chemical biology techniques, tools and statistical analysis used to study and manipulate biological systems.Computational Approaches for Chemical BiologyThis module is delivered with our industrial collaborators and provides an overview of computational techniques, including coding and machine learning applied to biological questions.Introduction to Drug DiscoveryThis module focuses on how to develop bioactive molecules that are suitable for probing biological questions in vitro and in vivo. Some material is delivered by scientists from our industrial collaborators.Practical science coursesIntroduction to Experimental BioscienceThis course is designed for students with a physical sciences background to gain experience in wet-lab biological/biochemical research. It includes hands-on experience in methods and techniques that will be useful in the full DPhil project.Life Skills for ScientistsThis module provides training in transferable skills, resilience, equality diversity & inclusion, and exploration into diverse career opportunities.Rotations and placementsOur programme allows students to gain experience in a range of environments through a variety of placements, which feeds into the substantive DPhil project:Project weekDuring project week students visit the laboratories of prospective supervisors to assist decision making on project choice. This approach supports our vision that communication and informed choice promotes a positive DPhil experience and promotes an improved research culture.Scientific placementsA 16-week Springboard phase is used to tailor training to suit the individual student needs, maximising the interdisciplinarity of the training. After the Springboard phase, students spend 41 months engaged in their substantive DPhil research.Industrial placementsStudents whose projects involve industrial collaboration undertake a 3-month (approx.) placement at our industrial collaborators. This provides students with experience of working in an industrial setting. Work undertaken on the placement will prioritise techniques and approaches that are relevant to the project, but which are not available within Oxford, ensuring that students maximise the skills gained within their DPhil. Students are supported during their industrial placements by industrial mentors and visits from Oxford supervisors.


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Some 140 countries have attendees at Oxford and some 60% of the total student body is from outside the UK. There are various programs available for international students to help with orientation and integrating with life in Oxford as well as to help with legal matters such as immigration and visas. They can also help with practical matters such as dealing with finances and accessing health care with the National Health Service (NHS). Student life is filled with many traditions as befits a university of Oxford's age. One of these are the balls, held by the colleges with a formal dress code as well as smaller events regularly during the year. The Oxford University Student Union or OUSU, represents students and is their voice in debate about the university as well as organising student life organisations. There are a large number of sports available outside the classroom and many of these are of a high standard. The Boat Race is a famous example of a rowing race with nearby Cambridge University that is watched by up to 10 million TV viewers each year. There are also student newspapers and a radio station as well as performing arts groups. There are also student societies open to students who aren't studying the subject to learn something new and different.

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