The University of Oxford

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

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Degree: Doctorate

Start Date: 2021/10/01

Duration: 36 months

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The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (November 2020). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via a DPhil in Molecular and Cellular Medicine student you will spend up to four years (eight years for part-time students) in one of the department's many research groups, working on a project supervised by the group's principal investigator. You will take part in the extensive training programme specifically organised for graduate students within the department.The NDORMS department aims to discover the causes of musculoskeletal and inflammatory conditions to deliver excellent and innovative care that improves people's quality of life. The department consists of three different centres/institutes, the Botnar Research Centre, the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and the Kadoorie Centre containing a number of world leading research units. There are two separate graduate programs one for the Botnar and Kadoorie institutes and one for the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology each with different entry requirements and application procedures.You will develop your research skills through a range of research training in your first year, including compulsory attendance at our fundamentals in biomedical research lectures in your first week. During the first term you will develop, in consultation with your supervisor, a clear study design for your project.Your training will be tailored to your particular needs, drawing from the vast range of training available at Oxford and covering specialist scientific methods, techniques and transferable skills. Please note that there is no formal taught component of the DPhil in Molecular and Cellular Medicine; however, you will develop your research skills through a range of research training in your first year. This will include compulsory attendance to core subjects with lectures on a variety of topics such as an introduction to “immunology, inflammation, tissue engineering, clinical trial design, epidemiology, rheumatology, orthopaedics and musculoskeletal disease”.During your first year, you will be expected to attend a minimum of three topic-related modules. Attendance on a two-day Data Analysis: Statistics Designing Clinical Research and Biostatistics course is compulsory to assist you with appropriate research design. You are also encouraged to work with your supervisor(s) on your research-specific literature review and to develop a study design for your thesis within the first term (two terms for part-time students) of your research training.You will be required to attend and present at postgraduate seminars, not only to develop your presentation skills but also to benefit from the feedback, support and interaction from your University peers and senior academics.As a member of Medical Sciences Graduate School, you will be entitled to attend various workshops run by the Medical Sciences Skills Training programme. Further academic and pastoral support will be provided for by the Departmental Graduate Studies Team which consist of the Director of Graduate Studies as well as the departmental Graduate Studies Officer and Assistant. Further support is available from your college advisor. Projects are available in both basic and translational science covering a variety of areas related to musculoskeletal and chronic inflammatory conditions.


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