You can complete your research in any area of biochemistry covered by one of our 45 research groups. You’ll be based in one particular research lab and will work on the project you and your supervisors have agreed together, working towards the production of a final thesis of no more than 50,000 words (exclusive of appendices, bibliography, diagrams and tables).
Although there aren’t any taught courses as part of the programme, you’ll still have access to a wide range of lectures at undergraduate and master’s level. These can be particularly useful for filling in gaps in your background knowledge if you’ve changed fields.
You’ll begin your course as a probationary research student (PRS) and near the end of the first year you apply to transfer to DPhil (PhD) status - this involves a research report and a statement of future research plans. You’ll also take an independent assessment, with two assessors, and will only be able to continue on the programme if you pass this Transfer of Status exam. After eight terms of study you’ll need to formally apply to confirm your DPhil status. This means you have to present your ongoing work to be reviewed by two independent assessors, and will only be able to continue on the programme if you successfully complete the Confirmation of Status assessment.
The DPhil programme ranges from three to four years, with the exact duration depending on how your supervisors judge the focus and rate of your research development and progress, as well as the length of available funding. A small proportion of DPhil students (about 5%) submit their theses within three years of starting, but on average most students submit between three to four years in.
You can find more information about our DPhil in Biochemistry on the University’s graduate site.
This programme is participating in Black Academic Futures via the Medical Sciences Division's guarantee of at least 10 places per year across its doctoral programmes for the next four years' intakes of DPhil students.