Welcome to the EPSRC Sustainable Approaches to Biomedical Science: Responsible and Reproducible Research Centre for Doctoral Training, or "SABS R3" for short.

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We train doctoral students in cutting-edge, systems approaches to biomedical research — and, uniquely within the UK, also in advanced practices in software engineering. Our goal is to bring about a transformation of research culture
in computational biomedical science.

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Computational methods are now at the heart of biomedical research. From the simulation of the behaviour of complex systems, through the design and automation of laboratory experiments, to the analysis of both small and large-scale data, well-engineered
software has proved capable of transforming biomedical science.

SABS R3 builds on the internationally leading track record of innovative, interdisciplinary scientific training already established by our existing EPSRC & MRC Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science (SABS) CDT programme.
The original EPSRC SABS Industrial Doctoral Centre (IDC) was established in 2009 as an open innovation partnership between researchers at the University of Oxford and 13 organizations from across the pharmaceutical
and biomedical technologies sectors. SABS R3 now has 19 partners, including some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

Hear from our students, industrialists, and academics about the SABS programme in this video:


The new EPSRC SABS R3 CDT builds on the existing SABS Programme to equip a new generation of researchers with not only the knowledge and methods necessary to undertake quantitative and interdisciplinary biomedical research,
but also advanced software engineering skills. By embedding this strong focus on sustainable and open computational methods, together with responsible and reproducible approaches into all aspects of the new programme, our computationally-literate
students will work with our partners to become ambassadors helping to transform biomedical research.


Monday, 26th July 2021

Vacancy for Programme Manager

There is now a full-time vacancy available for the role of SABS:R3 Programme Manager.


Friday, 14th May 2021

Bernadette Stolz wins Thesis Prize

Bernadette Stolz, a SABS 2014 student, has won the Mathematical Institute's Thesis Prize 2020 for her DPhil, Global and Local Persistent Homology for the Shape and Classification of Biological Data.


Friday, 4th December, 2020

EPA Cephalosporin-Linacre Scholarships

SABS R³ is pleased to announce the availability of EPA-Cephalosporin-Linacre Scholarships for eligble applicants. They are funded by the EPA Cephalosporin Fund in association with Linacre College and will provide full scholarships for students in the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and the EPSRC Sustainable Approaches to Biomedical Science: Responsible and Reproducible Research Centre for Doctoral Training (SABS R³). Scholarships will be awarded to students from socio-economic backgrounds that are under-represented in doctoral research. More informatiion can be found on our Funding and EEDI pages.


Tuesday, 21st October, 2020

DTC involved in pilot scheme addressing conscious and unconscious bias in graduate applications

Inspired by discussions with its students, scientific communities, and ongoing global events, the University is running a pilot with a limited number of courses to test actions aimed at minimising conscious and unconscious bias in its admissions procedure for graduate students. 

Wednesday, 7th October 2020

Black Academic Futures

On 30th September 2020 the University of Oxford announced a new scholarship scheme for Black graduate students. The Black Academic Futures programme will provide up to ten new scholarships to Black UK research students starting studies next year. This new scholarship is part of a programme to transform its graduate population by creating more funding opportunities for under-represented groups.

Thursday, 17th September, 2020

One in Eight Million

Congratulations to SABS alumnus Joshua Bull, a graduate student in Mathematics, who topped a field of more than eight million to win this year's Fantasy Football Premier League competition. You can find out how he did it by watching his public lecture which has already had more than 44,000 downloads. Well done, Josh!

Friday, 3rd July 2020

Congratulations to Dr Eoin Malins and the DTC, as one of the winners of this year's Vice-Chancellor's Education Awards for 'An Introduction to Computer Programming for Life Scientists'.


Thursday, 12th March, 2020

SABS Has a New Home!

We are pleased to announce that the newly-renovated Doctoral Training Centre opened at the start of March, and SABS has moved in. We are now located at 1-4 Keble Road, Oxford, OX1 3NP.


Thursday, 12th March, 2020
UNIQ+ 2020 Graduate Access Programme

UNIQ+ now closed for 2020 applications

SABS R³ was proposed the pilot UNIQ+ programme last year, which proved to be a great success, with four D.Phil programmes joining in.

UNIQ+ gives talented UK undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to discover what postgraduate study is like at Oxford through research experience in the University’s state-of-the-art facilities, working alongside our students and staff. The 2020 programmes will run from 6 July for seven weeks (with the exception of Humanities subjects, which will be four weeks). SABS R³ will be recruiting 6 graduates again this year.

Applications for 2020 are now closed. The deadline was 12 noon on Monday 24 February 2020. Eligibility criteria: www.ox.ac.uk/graduateaccess

Friday, 13th December 2019

This year's ChemBiOx Conference was a resounding success -- to find out more, please see the organizer's report

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 2-4 pm, come and meet the SABS R³ Directors and current students at our annual Open Day. We will be in the Department of Statistics, University of Oxford (24-29 St Giles', Oxford, OX1 3LB).

Monday, 2 September 2019

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has appointed SABS Director Professor Charlotte Deane as Deputy Executive Chair.

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Friday, 9 August, 2019
UNIQ+ Students touring New College on a summer's day, 2019. © Phil Brooks, OU

© Phil Brooks, OU

Today was the last day of the UNIQ+ Summer School—the University of Oxford's first ever postgraduate access programme. The 33 UNIQ+ Students gathered in the morning in the Mathematical Institute, and gave excellent summaries of their research projects, including the six SABS UNIQ+ Students who spent their first two weeks learning about best practices in software engineering. UNIQ+ is an initiative of SABS R³, and we thank one of our industrial partners, Roche, for their support.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019
UNIQ+ Students attending a tour of New College, Oxford, before their first UNIQ+ Dinner.

The first UNIQ+ Students were taken on a tour of New College, Oxford, before their first UNIQ+ Dinner. They were welcomed by the Warden of New College, and the Vice-Chancellor, Louise Richardson.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Curious about research at Oxford?

The SABS R3 CDT has launched UNIQ+, a pilot six-week Summer School for talented individuals who would find continuing into postgraduate study a challenge, because of socio-economic or financial circumstances. The programme, designed to give the chance to experience what postgraduate study is like at the University of Oxford, will run 1 July to 9 August 2019, and is currently limited to subjects in medical, biological, mathematical, and physical sciences. 

The deadline for applications to the UNIQ+ programme is 12 noon on Monday, 29 April 2019, and you can find out how to apply here.