EPSRC-MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Biomedical Imaging

The programme is currently closed to applications for entry in October 2017.

The applications process for entry in October 2018 will begin in September 2017.

Please note that, following the government announcement of additional funding for doctoral places in the recent Spring Budget, we are currently exploring the possibility of offering a select number of funded industrially-linked places on the programme in 2017/8.  If you would like to register your potential interest, contact onbicdt_enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk or onbicdt_enquiries@dtc.ox.ac.uk for more information.


Welcome to the joint Oxford-Nottingham EPSRC and MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Biomedical Imaging (ONBI). It is a 4-year doctoral programme, involving intensive training across the breadth of biomedical imaging in the first year, followed by a focused thesis project for the remaining 3 years.

One of our 2015-intake students, Giles McMullen-Klein, has made a short video featuring current students, that can be viewed here

The programme combines world-leading expertise in all aspects of cellular, pre-clinical and clinical biomedical imaging across both institutions to create the next generation of industrial, healthcare and academic leaders in this vital field of research.

We provide a comprehensive training programme to graduates primarily from the physical sciences who wish to undertake research careers in biomedical imaging. Students are registered either with the University of Oxford, or with the University of Nottingham, but all students spend their first year together in Oxford as part of the interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) and remain part of an interacting cohort for the duration of their training.

As well as purely academic projects, we also offer joint academia-industry projects in collaboration with our industry partners. We aim to be highly multidisciplinary, focussing on promoting links for bi-directional translation between optical microscopy and cellular imaging, pre-clinical and clinical imaging. Research projects will intentionally include complementary elements from different ends of this spectrum, such that students can cross-fertilize ideas across imaging scales and disciplines.

Please explore the links above to find more information about the programme and the research training provided, as well as funding available and instructions on how to apply.