Doctoral Training Partnerships

Doctoral Training Partneships provide an innovative, individually-tailored training programme that includes taught courses and the opportunity for students to undertake research projects with prospective supervisors and focussed training programmes in their first year before choosing their main DPhil* project from a wide range of research projects available across the University. Students will also undertake a 3-month professional internship to gain direct experience of the areas of work into which they can apply their skills.

Oxford University runs a number of Doctoral Training Centres, supported by the UK Research Councils, covering a wide range of subjects. Listed below is information about some of the DTPs most relevant to those interested in studying food system research.

If you would like further information of how the Systems Biology DTC compares to the Life Science Interface DTC and the Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science IDC, please refer to this comparison.

Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership

You can apply to the Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership, a 4-year rotation PhD programme in which students have the opportunity to carry out two 12 week research projects with different supervisors within the University, as well as undertaking courses in the skills needed for interdisciplinary research before selecting a PhD supervisor and research project.

Research within the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP programme spans the full diversity of world class bioscience research across the university, with a particular focus on the following priority areas:

Life Science Interface Doctoral Training Partnership

Students with a strong interest in the use of computational, statistical and mathematical approaches in food-related scientific research can also consider applying to the Life Science Interface Doctoral Training Centre, which offer 4-year rotation PhDs, and the opportunity for students with a background in the physical sciences to obtain training in the fundamental concepts and techniques used in interdisciplinary life science research.

The LSI DTC is an innovative 4-year D.Phil. programme that provides comprehensive training in the application of mathematical, physical, computational and engineering science techniques to leading-edge research in the biomedical and life sciences.

Students enrolled in the programme come from a very wide range of academic background including Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry and Computing.

The programme focuses on four interlinked research areas:

  • Biological Physics 
  • Medical Imaging and Signals 
  • Bioinformatics, Evolution and Genetics 
  • and Computational Biology.

Systems Biology Doctoral Training Partnership

The Systems Biology DTC is an innovative 4-year D.Phil. programme that provides comprehensive training to graduates who wish to undertake research in the exciting new interdisciplinary field of Systems Biology. Our students come from a very wide range of academic backgrounds including Mathematics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computing, Physics, Biology, Statistics and Engineering.

Research within the SysBio DTC programme is divided into four application areas that span the range of spatial and temporal scales of interest :

Environmental Research Doctoral Training Partnership

This new Environment DTP, which is welcoming its first group of students in 2014, is 4-year D.Phil. programme which offers a world-class, multidisciplinary training environment for the next generation of researchers working at the frontiers of Environmental Research.

They encourage applications from students with a wide range of academic backgrounds, including Archaeology, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Computing, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Meteorology, Physics, Statistics, Zoology.

Full Research Council funded studentships may be available for this programme. Click here for more information.

The DTP offers a novel training environment across three broad science streams, each of which includes the influence of, and consequences for, human-environment interactions:

  • Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolutionary Processes - spans research into biological processes, systems and their interactions at scales ranging from the organism to the population in spheres ranging from human health to natural ecysystems, over all timescales.
  • Physical Climate System -spans research across all aspects of the Physical Climate System; present, past and future, with srong links to climate impacts and mitigation.
  • Dynamic Earth, Surface Processes and Natural Hazards- spans activities from theoretical seismology and isotope geochemistry to the analysis of natural resources, quantification of surface processes over all timescales, and geophysical hazards and risk.

To see which members of the Food Research Network are supervisors on the Environmental Research DTP, please see this page.

Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre

Students studying social sciences could consider the University of Oxford Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre

Applications will be invited for Masters-to-DPhil or DPhil programmes for ESRC studentships starting in October 2014, in the following training pathways:

  • Area Studies
  • Criminology (Faculty of Law)
  • Development Studies (Department of International Development)
  • Economics
  • Economic and Social History (Humanities Division)
  • Education
  • Geography and Environment
  • International Relations
  • Management & Finance (Said Business School)
  • Migration (Department of International Development, and School of Anthropology)
  • Politics
  • Psychology ( Medical Sciences Division)
  • Social Science of the Internet
  • Socio-Legal Studies (Faculty of Law)
  • Sociology
  • Social Policy and Intervention
  • Social Anthropology

*Note: In Oxford, the degree qualification commonly referred to as a Doctorate of Philosophy or PhD is known as a DPhil.

Highlighted Graduate Research

Claire Friedemann

DPhil in The Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, aiming to try and find a different approach to reduce obesity related cardiovascular disease