Postgraduate Profiles

Postgraduate life is what you make of it. If you need help, it is available – just go and ask for it. Trinity’s great location, beautiful gardens, famous food, and awesome Porters all make it a wonderful college to be in.

Profiles of some of Trinity’s current and recent MCR members

Trinity’s MCR is composed of some 100-120 postgraduates, engaged on either Masters or Doctoral programmes. Our community, drawn from across the world, is enriched by its academic, linguistic, cultural – and culinary! – diversity.


My DPhil research compares various measures of poverty, such as multidimensional measures, which are based on various dimensions of welfare, with uni-dimensional measures based on consumption or income, in the context of Indonesia, my home country. My aim is to find out whether different measures of poverty will identify the same people as poor or otherwise. The final step will then analyse how government policies affect different measures of poverty. Hopefully my research will be useful for more effective poverty alleviation projects, for Indonesia and also other nations.

Trinity’s support goes far beyond academic dimensions for me; the warmth of everyone within the college, Professors, supervisors, porters and fellow students, have made Trinity a true home from home.
Putu, DPhil in Social Policy

Putu in the middle, with the farmers from the Subak irrigation-sharing group in Sangsit village, North Bali (August 2013). The farmers helped with identifying dimensions of welfare, valued by the people of Sangsit village.

Putu in the middle, with the farmers from the Subak irrigation-sharing group in Sangsit village, North Bali (August 2013). The farmers helped with identifying dimensions of welfare, valued by the people of Sangsit village.


I research liberalism in nineteenth century thought and literature, with a particular focus on Thomas Carlyle’s connection to German Romanticism. I am also working on an article about the aesthete and philosopher Walter Pater, which explores the way Pater draws on Kant in his constructions of mind and aesthetics.

500x467Richard Porteousimage1 - CopyGraduate life at Trinity is excellent. The college provides a lively and friendly base for me when I’m not in the English department, and the Trinity graduate community has been very welcoming. Finally, it goes without saying – but goes better with saying – that the food is tremendous.
Richard, MSt in English


I have just started the third year of my DPhil in Clinical Medicine at Oxford and it has been an incredible journey. The research facilities offered here are unmatched anywhere else. I work in a Biosafety Level 3 containment laboratory for virus research and my project involves studying the mechanisms of Herpes Simplex Virus interaction with cells, using fluorescence and cryo-electron microscopy techniques.

 Having never worked on something like this before, I still cannot help but be amazed by the high end technology we use on a daily basis, which people normally just see in the movies.

Having never worked on something like this before, I still cannot help but be amazed by the high end technology we use on a daily basis, which people normally just see in the movies.

Outside work, Trinity has been a home away from home. With a small, international, graduate community where everyone knows each other, we have an excellent welfare and support structure. I have been very happy with my choice of college and would highly recommend it to any new applicants.”
Nayab, DPhil in Clinical Medicine


I’m doing a DPhil in the Sociology department, and my research focuses on ‘gender-generation gaps’ in voting behaviour, ideology and social attitudes, where the differences between men and women vary across birth cohorts. 394x394Rosie Image268I have so far focused on gender-generation gaps in British voting behaviour, and how party support is influenced by growing up with a certain party in power. I have also examined support for gender-role equality, and how those who experienced the second-wave feminist movement in their youth differ from other birth cohorts.
Rosie, DPhil in Sociology


I am studying the behavioural ecology of African lions by monitoring a management-implemented change in the distribution of artificial water points across the landscape. This quasi-experimental opportunity is allowing me to test hypotheses relating to the evolution of group living, decisions on hunting strategies and the consequences of those decisions at an ecosystem level.

I am  learning about the ecophysiology of African lion and their ability to cope with stressors associated with different life history stages.

I am learning about the ecophysiology of African lion and their ability to cope with stressors associated with different life history stages.

My research group is the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in the Department of Zoology. This research group includes many of the world’s top large carnivore scientists who are facing similar challenges working on big cats in a wide range of habitats – from the mountains of the Himalayas to the plains of Africa’s savannahs.
I am also studying the inter-social group interactions that frequently occur in lion society.

The study analyses the inter-social group interactions that frequently occur in lion society


There is a huge advantage in working amongst this type of unique experience. In addition, Oxford has world-class resources meaning that it is an ideal base for any type of study and the prestigious reputation is a huge help when trying to raise funds for expensive research projects.

The great part about studying in Trinity is the close knit yet diverse MCR community who make Oxford a very special place.
Paul, DPhil in Zoology


I am working on Lucretius, the radical and anti-religious Roman poet of the 1st century BC. My doctoral thesis focuses on the long misunderstood and underplayed technique in Lucretius of pervasive repetition and internal allusion. Lucretius’ controversial work provides scientific explanations of the world in the hope that rationalistic understanding will remove mankind’s need of religion, which, according to Lucretius only causes misery. I propose in my thesis that Lucretius’ frequent repetition, far from a side-effect of the incompleteness of the poem, or of poetic incompetence (!), is in fact a crucial part of his rhetorical and didactic strategy, ultimately used to persuade his reader of the importance and benefits of rationality, and the dangers of religion.

Lambinus' edition of Lucretius

Lambinus’ edition of Lucretius

I feel lucky to have been at Trinity for my doctoral studies, not only for practical reasons (it provides housing for graduates for all the years of their degrees, has a 24 hour library, is in the centre of town and very close to the Bodleian), but also because I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many friendly and interesting people, and have made some very good friends here.

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Abi, DPhil in Classics