This novel 4-year Centre for Doctoral Training is an EPSRC-led initiative designed to build on Oxford Chemistry’s strength in synthetic chemistry and the model of inter-disciplinary scientific training within the existing Doctoral Training Centres in Oxford to ensure the production of graduates capable of addressing major challenges in the pharmaceutical/agrochemical industries who will ultimately make a major impact on UK science.
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Students are admitted to the programme without a defined DPhil project and will be trained initially through a series of taught courses in a single cohort in all aspects of organic synthesis.
Students subsequently undertake two 16-week research rotations in laboratories of their choosing before joining a specific group for a substantive three-year DPhil research project.
Research projects are clustered into six Project Fields, which allows for several students to work on complementary and synergistic aspects of a research problem, whilst facilitating best practice and peer-to-peer learning and training.
Carefully prepared by our module leaders, the SBM CDT taught course material provides a useful resource for graduate students and the overall research community.
I applied to the SBM CDT due to the fantastic structure of the course and the excellent research profile of the Department of Chemistry at Oxford. We are taught cutting edge chemistry by some of the best chemists in the world, and are then given the opportunity to undertake two dynamic research projects before deciding upon our final substantial project. This provides a fantastic opportunity to further our chemical knowledge and secure a solid foundation prior to make the most informed decision on the type of 3-year project we would like to start. So far the course has been interesting and highly stimulating with a thorough structure to each module we take.
Moses Moustakim, 2014 Cohort

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