The Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford enjoys a high reputation, both nationally and internationally, for the excellence of its teaching and research, and is among the largest in the country. Mathematical research covers a very wide range in both pure and applied mathematics, computation and statistics. The Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology (WCMB) attracts those interested in mathematics applied to medicine, biology and ecology, and it is well known by its undergraduate and graduate courses, and research seminars.
The WCMB accepts students in two categories D.Phil. and M.Sc. by Research. The D.Phil. is a higher research degree suitable only for able candidates and requires a significant and substantial contribution to knowledge. Students are normally admitted initially to a probationary status and approved for transfer to D.Phil. only when the Faculty Board is satisfied of their ability to attempt such a contribution; this transfer involves the submission of written work and an oral examination. The M.Sc. by Research is less demanding that the D.Phil.; the normal length of the course is two years, though it is possible to complete the requirements in a single year. As for the D.Phil., students are initially admitted to a probationary status.
Applications in any of these two categories must be via the Mathematical Institute. Enquiries should be addressed to the Graduate Studies Office at the Mathematical Institute. For more general information please visit the Graduate Prospectus, courtesy of the University Administrative Information Service.
Systems Biology Doctoral Training Centre
The WCMB also takes a number of students each year who initially enrol as part of the Systems Biology Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). The first year of the DTC is composed of taught courses in a range of areas, including Biological Systems, Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, Scientific Computing in Matlab, Biological Experimental Techniques, Statistical Data Analysis, Mathematical Biology and Biological Physics. DTC students then complete two short projects within member groups, and one of these is usually continued for the remainder of their D.Phil.
Postdoctoral researchers are typically funded through project grants, although postdocs with their own funding can be accomodated if their research interests fit with those of the WCMB. Please contact Professor Philip K. Maini for further details.
Visitors are typically self-funded. However, there are possibilities for applying to various funding agencies to work on a project in collaboration with a CMB member. Please contact Professor Philip K. Maini for further details.