Information for Applicants

Most students undertake a DPhil (Doctor of Philosophy) by research, which is the University of Oxford’s equivalent of a PhD. Admission is very competitive and based on excellence. Basic scientists usually undertake a 4-year DPhil, while clinicians usually undertake a 3-year DPhil.

Before being admitted to the University, students must demonstrate their ability to cover the costs of their fees and maintenance. Fee levels vary according to your fee status, whether you are home/EU or overseas.

For both the DPhil in Medical Sciences and the DPhil in Cardiovascular Medicine several sources of funding exist to help pay for fees and provide stipends as detailed below.

Funding for basic scientistsPipetting and tissue culture flasks

Our flagship funding programme provides a number of fully-funded 4-year scholarships for basic science students. The programme is open to outstanding candidates of any nationality. The RDM Scholars Programme is advertised each autumn for students who want to start the following October. The application deadline is in early January.

The Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, which is one of the constituent institutes of RDM, have a number of scholarships available for both home/EU and international students.

There are a range of other funding sources, some of which are attached to particular programmes elsewhere in the University. On many of these programmes candidates are placed within RDM to work with a supervisor here.

Funding for clinicians

A number of funding sources are available for clinicians wishing to undertake a 3 year research based DPhil. Funding is available from programmes run within the University and from non-Oxford funding sources as well.

Direct Applications

Exceptionally, students can also approach individual supervisors directly at unspecified times during the year. In this case, your initial email should contain your curriculum vitae and names and addresses of referees.  If you meet our entry criteria and a supervisor confirms that he or she is able to supervise you, you may then decide to apply to the RDM Scholars Programme or other funded programmes (if the deadlines have not passed). If you are not applying for a funded programme, you will need to meet the University fees and your supervisor may be able to advise you on possible sources of funding. However, you may also decide to bring or seek independent funding to meet the fees and living expenses. The selection criteria remain the same as for funded programmes.