FAQs

Q: How many funded ONBI studentships are available for 2018 entry?

A: We expect to have at least 12 fully funded studentships (fees and stipend) available for award to ONBI students.


Q: If I am not eligible for the ONBI studentships, or I plan to apply to external sources, what are the fees and living costs for the ONBI programme?

A: The fees depend on your status (UK/EU citizen versus Overseas citizen). Current fees can be found at the following web sites: Oxford University: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/fees-funding-and-scholarship-search/search Nottingham University: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/fees/tuitionfees/index.aspx The fee structure for a self-funded student would be as follows: For students accepted by Oxford University: All 4 years: Oxford fees (University fees plus College fees) For students accepted by Nottingham University: 1st Year: Oxford fees (University fees plus College fees); Years 2-4: Nottingham fees. For current fees please see the relevant Oxford University and Nottingham University web pages.


Q: Can I apply to both Oxford and Nottingham?

A: Yes you may apply to both universities. We will endeavour to interview you only once, if you are selected for interview, but it may be necessary for you to be interviewed twice. You may get offers from one or both universities (or neither). If you get offers from both then you will be expected to choose from which institution you would wish to accept an offer.


Q: When do I need to decide my main research project?

A: If you apply as a "Route A" candidate then you can specify an advertised industry-linked project at the time of application. If you instead apply as a "Route B" candidate then you will select two mini projects around Easter of your first year (these may be academic-only projects or industry-linked projects). One of these will generally be expanded to form your main doctoral thesis. Route B applicants do not need to decide which project will form the basis of your main thesis until mid way through their second project (mid summer of your first year).


Q: Do I receive a Masters degree at the end of my first year?

A: No, the ONBI CDT programme is a 4-year doctorate. Although all of our teaching modules are assessed, you will not undertake formal examinations and will not receive a Masters degree.


Q: How are projects advertised to students?

A: We offer some industry-linked projects via the ONBI CDT web site, that can be applied for directly at the time you apply to the programme (this would be a "Route A" application). For all other applicants a handbook of available projects is circulated early in the calendar year (so a few months after you commence your studies), and all prospective supervisors (both academia and industry) are invited to describe their projects in person during a Project Week held in February. You then have a few weeks to discuss projects with prospective supervisors, before making your ranked selections in March.


Q: Can I develop my own research project?

A: Within limits, yes. All projects must conform to the the guiding principles of the ONBI CDT, and ultimately must be approved by the ONBI Management Committee. But you are able to propose projects, jointly with proposed supervisors.


Q: How do I choose a college in Oxford?

A: You do not have to choose a college if you would prefer to be simply assigned one (in which case don't specify a college when you apply). If you like the sound of one of the colleges that accept ONBI students (see the Course Guide for a list of colleges that accept ONBI students), then you can list that college when you apply. If you are offered a place then your application will be considered first by that college. Some are big, some much smaller, some are graduate-only and some are mixed undergraduate and graduate. All ONBI students will become a member of a college, although Nottingham-based students are only members of a college in Year 1.


Q: What is the difference between the "Route A" and "Route B" application process?

A: We offer students who are interested in an industry-linked project the chance to apply for a specific project at the time that they make their application. This is the "Route A" process. Projects are advertised on the ONBI CDT web site, and if you specify an interest in one (and up to two) of these projects then you will be interviewed jointly by an academic and an industry colleague. If you are awarded one of these studentships then you will start your main research project around Easter of your first year. Alternatively, you can simply apply to the CDT without specifying a project (this is a "Route B" application). Route B students would undertake two rotation projects in the first year (one between Easter and early summer, and one between early summer and the end of their first year). Only once both rotation projects have been undertaken would you choose the project that you expand and take forward for your full doctorate. Students who specify no route will be treated as "Route B" applicants. Also, Route A applicants who are deemed academically strong, but who cannot be offered an industry-linked project will automatically be re-routed to Route B.