DPhil in Medical Sciences
- DPhil in Medical Sciences
DPhil research opportunities 2022
- Cross-talk between adipose tissue and the cardiovascular system in humans: From novel imaging biomarkers development to drug target discovery
- Therapeutic targeting of chemokines in inflammation
- Functional coronary artery disease genetics - defining the function of new causal atherosclerosis genes from CAD GWAS loci using in vitro and in vivo models
- Innate immune function in atherosclerosis and acute myocardial infarction
- Human fat distribution and metabolic disease
- Epigenetic regulation of cholangiocarcinoma growth
- Imaging in Preventive Cardiology Research
- Realising the therapeutic potential of creatine and homoarginine in heart disease
- Myocardial functional T1 mapping – Advanced cardiac magnetic resonance imaging techniques
- Adverse myocardial remodelling in cardiac fibrosis and atrial fibrillation
- Go with the flow---the why and how of cardiovascular disease
- Genetics of inherited cardiovascular disease
- Iron and Immunity
- De Novo Mutations and Human Disease
- Laboratory of Gene Regulation
- Unravelling mechanisms of disease progression in Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
- Developmental control of blood cell fate determination
- Nucleic Acid Sensing During Virus Infection
- Normal and leukaemic stem/progenitor cell biology and immune responses to blood cancer cells.
- Building the skull – normal and abnormal development
- Single Cell Biology of Hematopoietic Stem- and Progenitor Cells in Blood Cancer and Ageing
- Development of the hematopoietic/ immune system in the embryo
- Origins of Genotoxic metabolism and the DNA damage response in stem and cancer cells
- Deciphering the role of white and brown adipocytes in metabolic disease
- Genomics and Genome Editing
- Epigenetics and Gene Regulation in Leukaemia
- Therapeutic opportunities emerging from studies of immune checkpoints
- Genome Diversification in Cancer and Adaptive Immunity
- Non-invasive cardiac metabolism assessment using ultra-high field (7T) MR Spectroscopy
- From basic biology to novel translational applications of haematopoietic stem cells
- Curry Group - The coagulopathy of major haemorrhage: how does the aetiology of major bleeding affect the coagulation changes and how can haematological markers be best used to stratify risks of bleeding and need for transfusion therapy?
- Understanding how glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP1) and gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP) receptors contribute to metabolism in complex tissues
- Preferential Gq signalling in diabetes: an electrical switch in incretin action and in diabetes progression?
- Elucidating the role of disease modifying gene variants in inherited cardiomyopathies using induced pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes and CRISPR/Cas-9.
- Inter-vendor standardisation and quality assurance of quantitative cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) T1-mapping for clinical practice and trials
- Determining the relevance of metabolic pathways as a therapeutic target in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) cirrhosis
- Non-invasive phenotyping of muscle function using multi-nuclear MR
- How to apply
- Funding Options
- Meet the team
Career Paths of Former Students
- Associate Professor - Universiti Putra Malaysia
- Freelance Copy Editor
- Wellcome Trust Research Fellow - Kennedy Institute, University of Oxford
- Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow - Stanford University
- Senior Scientist - Immunocore
- Postdoctoral Fellow - Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
- Assistant Head Teacher - West London Free School
- Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine - Queen Mary University London, Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
- University Research Lecturer & British Heart Foundation Research Fellow - Cardiovascular Medicine, RDM, University of Oxford
- Senior Policy Manager - Research Councils UK (RCUK)
- Skills and Training
Our DPhil research programme trains the next generation of leading scientists.
Our DPhil (Doctor of Philosophy) degree in Medical Sciences covers the whole span of the department’s research. In keeping with our focus on translational research, we welcome applications from both basic scientists and clinicians.
You will be admitted directly onto a research project with a specific Principal Investigator, who will act as your supervisor, and will be one of RDM's world-leading scientists. Students are asked to nominate up to three supervisors from the list of research opportunities. You will be expected to play an active role in shaping your project over the course of the DPhil. Our students are a valuable part of the department and we encourage them to be involved with the scientific and social life of the department at all levels.
Most students also have one or more formal co-supervisors, who can provide additional scientific advice on their specialist areas and who will offer another viewpoint on the student’s project. Together, they form the specialised team that will advise you on your academic progress. If you don’t have a formal co-supervisor, you will have a nominated secondary supervisor who you can always ask for advice, but who will not be actively involved with your project on a day-to-day basis.
As well as your supervisor, you will have the support of a Graduate Advisor, the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Studies Administrator. All activity relating to graduate students within the department is overseen by the Graduate Studies Committee.
In addition, the department has graduate student representatives; two of which sit on the Graduate Studies Committee. They act as the point of contact for the students and ensure that any concerns amongst students can be heard by the department and acted upon.
Key Dates for October 2021 Entry
The Radcliffe Department of Medicine has fully-funded 4-year PhD (DPhil) studentships, to start in October 2021. These are open to outstanding students of any nationality who wish to pursue a career in experimental and/or computational biology in a range of areas including cardiovascular sciences, diabetes and endocrinology, immunology, haematology, and developmental biology.
The deadline for applications for any Oxford-administered scholarships, including the RDM Scholars Programme and the WIMM Prize Studentship, has now passed.
We continue to accept applications for unfunded places and prospective applicants are strongly advised to contact their prospective supervisor in advance of making an application to ensure availability of research opportunities.
We advise you to submit your application as soon as possible. This allows more time to complete all admissions processes and makes it easier to find a college place. You should be aware that applications received before the funding deadline of 8 January will be processed prior to any later applications being considered.
The latest date you can apply for a place for October 2021 entry is 23 July 202.
You can find full details on the application process in the University’s application guide.
How to apply
To apply for a place on the DPhil in Medical Sciences you will need to submit an application using the online application form.