The SABS:R3 programme consists of intensive foundational modules over the first six months, followed by two rotation projects, one of which leads into a three-year doctoral research project:

course structure diagram


Training begins with an immersive three-week module that will lay the foundation for a year-long, team-based open source software development project. This is designed to foster in-depth learning and cohort-building. Best practices in sustainable and reproducible research are woven into all aspects of the scientific training programme. These aspects of the training programme are being developed in close collaboration with the Software Sustainability Institute

The research supported by SABS:R3 spans three broad research themes in biomedical science in collaboration with SABS supervisors across the University of Oxford, many of whom are responsible for open source software in all of these domains:

  • computational and data-driven structural approaches to drug discovery;
  • cellular microscopy and image analysis underpinning biomedical discovery; and
  • physiological modelling underpinning biomedical discovery.

The academic training programme mirrors this interdisciplinary breadth. In addition to the module on Sustainable and Reproducible Research, in Term 1 we will cover core theoretical and methodological techniques in scientific computing and data science underpinning the three themes. We conclude with one week in a 'wet' laboratory, where students will gain insight into the complexities and potentiality of modern biological experiments. Term 2 will be devoted to advanced modules, introducing the essential knowledge and key techniques in the three research themes. This gives students sufficient knowledge and insight to make a fully-informed choice of rotation projects.