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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

The MPLS Division is home to some of the most creative and innovative scientific thinkers and leaders working in academe. Senior researchers in MPLS at Oxford have been awarded some of the most significant scientific honours and the division has a strong tradition of attracting and nurturing the very best early career researchers who regularly secure prestigious fellowships.

The division’s ten departments span the full spectrum of the mathematical, computational, physical, engineering and life sciences, and undertake both fundamental research and cutting-edge applied work. The division also has a number of interdisciplinary centres for doctoral training, established with funding from the following UK Research Councils: the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC); the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC); and the Medical Research Council (MRC). 

The disciplines within the MPLS Division regularly appear at the highest levels in world rankings and have been evaluated as conducting world-leading and internationally excellent research in UK research assessments. We have extensive links with other leading universities, research institutes, public sector bodies, business and industry, in the UK and abroad.

Teaching is a major part of the division’s activities and a number of highly rated taught master’s courses are offered. For research students, a range of courses are available and the division is developing further cross-disciplinary provision for key research skills. Research at the interface between disciplines is strongly encouraged, both within the mathematical, life and physical sciences, and within the medical and environmental sciences. MPLS graduates are much in demand from academia, business and industry, government and the professions.

Courses offered by the division

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Biomedical Imaging EPSRC and MRC CDT

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Chemical Biology MSc by Research
Cyber Security EPSRC CDT

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Engineering Science MSc by Research

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Inorganic Chemistry MSc by Research

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Materials DPhil
Materials MSc by Research
Mathematics MSc by Research

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Oil and Gas NERC CDT
Organic Chemistry MSc by Research

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Statistical Science EPSRC and MRC CDT
Statistics MSc by Research
Synthetic Biology EPSRC and BBSRC CDT
Systems Biology EPSRC CDT

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Zoology DPhil