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Being a student on the CSC - CAMS/PUMC - Oxford High-level Innovative Talent Scholarship Programme

You will be admitted directly onto a research project with one of Oxford Medical Science Division’s world-leading scientists, who will act as your supervisor for the duration of your DPhil. You will be expected to play an active role in shaping their project over the course of the DPhil. Graduate students are a valuable part of the department and they are encouraged to be involved with the scientific and social life of the department at all levels. 

The DPhil is a four-year, full-time research degree. The DPhil is the Oxford equivalent of a PhD. As a doctoral student you will carry out research in a single laboratory for the duration of your degree. There is no period of rotation between laboratories. There are no modules or taught elements to this course. 

The project and development during the DPhil studies will be guided by a specialised team led by the academic supervisor. Most students also have one or more formal co-supervisors, who can provide additional scientific advice on their specialist areas and who will offer another viewpoint on the student’s project. Together, they form the specialised team that will advise on academic progress.

As well as your supervisor, you will have the support of a Graduate Advisor, the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Studies Administrator. All activity relating to graduate students within the department is overseen by the Graduate Studies Committee. 

Student training will be tailored to individual needs, drawing from the vast range of training available at Oxford and covering both specialist scientific methods and techniques, and transferable skills.

Much of the training will take place in the lab, where you will be trained by your supervisor or members of the lab team in the variety of techniques and protocols used. A brief statement of the training offered in the lab is included in the training description of your chosen project.

As a member of the Medical Sciences Graduate School you will be entitled to enrol on courses run by Medical Sciences Skills Training. You will also be able to attend the wide variety of sessions covered through the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) Methods and Techniques course and, if the research is on a topic related to cardiovascular medicine, you will be able to benefit from the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence hosted by the University.

A scholarship will cover in full the tuition, bench fee, college fee, research expenses, a return airfare to the UK by the most economical route, and a stipend commensurate to the University’s Medical Sciences Division recommended rate for living expenses. The CSC will be responsible for paying the tuition, the college fee, the return airfares and the stipend; and the cost of such tuition, college fee, the return airfares and the stipend shall count towards the CSC’s contribution to the Programme. The CAMS/PUMC will be responsible for the bench fee; and the cost of such bench fee shall count towards the CAMS/PUMC contribution to the programme.