Following the taught element of the programme, students will choose two 16-week rotation projects to undertake in different research groups. At the end of their second rotation, students will choose their substantive three-year DPhil (PhD) projects. In many cases this project, and hence the supervision team (consisting of both academic and industrial support), will be closely related to the work undertaken in the laboratory rotations, so that students will already have a detailed programme of research at this stage.
Where appropriate for the research project, secondments will be arranged for students to participate in placements with one (or more, if appropriate) of the industrial partners.
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Potential supervisors will propose research projects, which will be circulated as a booklet to the students in Project Week (in week 14 of the taught course). Project Week offers an opportunity for academics and industrialists to present their projects to students and outline the content of the related 16-week rotations; this will facilitate discussions to identify ideal project combinations.
Research projects will be clustered in different Project Fields to ensure students are exposed to different but complementary skills prior to choosing a substantive project. There are regular Project Field Meetings to present and discuss progress.
I applied to the CDT in Synthesis for Biology and Medicine because it gave me the opportunity to improve some core chemistry skills before starting a research project. The two rotations enable me to try a completely different area of research without complete commitment. There are many group activities so you get to know everyone in the cohort and the atmosphere is very social.
Alison Fugard, 2014 Cohort

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