Starting with the 2017-intake cohort, there are two routes through the first year of training:
Route A: Students following Route A have a pre-selected industry-linked project. Following on from the intensive training provided in the taught modules over the first two terms, students directly move into their chosen research project, hosted by a research group within Oxford University or Nottingham University, and also involving an industrial partner.
Route B: Students following Route B have not chosen a project at the time of application. Following on from the intensive training provided in the taught modules over the first two terms, Route B students spend the remainder of their first year undertaking two 11-week research projects in two different research groups within Oxford University or Nottingham University, which are tailored to meet the likely requirements of their substantive doctoral project. These projects may be academic-only, or may be in partnership with an Industry Partner, and are chosen by the students from a selection offered mid-way through the training modules. Short projects address a specific research problem and are co-supervised by one or more scientists across the ONBI CDT supervisor pool. Students are required to write a short dissertation on each of these rotations, written in the style of a journal article.
On completion of the short projects students undertake their substantive doctoral research project, with the students based within the research group of their principal supervisor, which may be at Oxford University or at Nottingham University, and which may include close collaboration with one of our Industrial Partners.