Studentships at the WIMM
The WIMM has a very important role in training young scientists in Molecular Medicine and takes on several Phd (DPhil) students each year. There are currently approximately 120 PhD (DPhil) students in the WIMM.
Details about how to apply for a graduate place at Oxford can be found at: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/index.html
The supervisor and head of department ensure that the student is taught the necessary techniques and safety rules. The supervisor works closely with the student, teaching experimental design, how to present and write up data and how to review papers in the field critically.
In the WIMM we run a course on basic techniques for new students of approximately 28 lectures. There are also courses on Immunology and Bioinformatics and others may be added. Students become expert in their field by discussion with their supervisor and colleagues, reading papers and reviews, attending and participating in journal clubs, laboratory meetings, group meetings and Institute seminars. The Institute Seminars are held every Monday lunchtime and regularly attract well-known scientists from across Europe. A student normally attends three or four such meetings/seminars per week. Informal exchange of ideas in the coffee area is encouraged and is an attractive feature of the WIMM.
Students from overseas may need help with their English and courses are available in Oxford. However, the University has strict language requirements for applicants for graduate student places and applicants should be reasonably fluent in spoken and written English. (See University of Oxford Graduate Prospectus).
The student is formally assessed by his/her supervisor at the end of each term. During the second year there is a more rigorous assessment when he/she is transferred from probationary student status to DPhil status. This requires a written report and an interview with two independent assessors. At the end of the third or fourth year (depending on programme) the thesis is written and then examined by two examiners appointed by the University.
During the tenure of the studentship the student also receives support from the college Tutor for Graduates. The laboratory head (if not the supervisor), department/Institute head, the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee and the WIMM Student Co-ordinator are also available to the student as needed.
Graduate students are our life blood and we take utmost care to ensure that they are fully supported and well trained. Guidance is offered on career choices after completing their degrees.
The University of Oxford web site should be consulted for entry requirements http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/index.html. In order to register for a Research Degree candidates must hold an upper second or first class degree or Masters degree. Medical qualifications such as the MB, BS degree also count.
The WIMM currently takes on up to 9 students funded by the Medical Research Council and other sources each year. In addition, departments with groups in the WIMM, such as the Radcliffe Department of Medicine, place some of their annual MRC students in the Institute. Studentships are also awarded through the Wellcome Trust (WT) and Cancer Research UK (CRUK) to their Senior Fellows and Programme grant holders. Further studentships may be awarded by other charities such as AVERT (for HIV research) and Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research).
Some groups may also allow holders of graduate Research Assistant posts to register for DPhil degrees; this is at the discretion of the grant holder, the Department and the Funding body.