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Our DPhil research programme trains the next generation of leading scientists.

We are one of the largest dedicated research centres in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism in Europe, hosting a large number of world-leading scientists and a total of about 110 academic staff. © Martin Phelps

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.

More information about the Radcliffe Department of Medicine can be found on the About Us, Working at RDM and the Graduate Studies pages.  

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.