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Applications for the DPhil in Medical Sciences for entry in October 2021 are now closed. Research opportunities for entry in October 2022 will be advertised when the new admissions cycle opens on 1 September, 2021.


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 July 23rd, 2021.

You can find full details on the application process in the University’s application guide.


Research opportunities available in this programme are advertised in DPhil Research Opportunities 2021.



  • September 2020 – Applications open
  • 8 January 2021, 12 noon (UK time)  – Deadline for applications for funded Oxford scholarships including the RDM Scholars Programme and the WIMM Prize Studentship. All applications received by this deadline are considered in the funding competition.
  • Week commencing 25 January 2021 – Interviews for applications received by 8 January.
  • Further interviews for unfunded places will be held until July for applications received after the 8 January deadline.
  • October 2021 – Studentship start date



All applications must be made using the University's online application form

Before starting your application, please read the University of Oxford Graduate application guide

Deadline for applications for fully-funded places is 12 Noon (UK time) on Friday, 8 January

We continue to accept applications after the 8 January deadline for unfunded places (deadline July 23rd, 2021).


Specific details required in the application form:

  • Programme - DPhil in Medical Sciences (Course Code RD_MD1, Course Description 'DPhil in Medical Sciences')
  • Proposed Field and Title of Research:  Insert "Not applicable"
  • Are you applying for an advertised studentship competition(s)?  - please select No. Please note that all applications received by the 8 January deadline are automatically considered in the funding competition and there is no need to specify any codes.
  • Supervisor:  List up to 3 supervisors from DPhil Research Opportunities 2021.
  • Statement of Purpose: All applicants are to submit a personal statement with their application (500 words max; any statements exceeding this limit will not be considered). You should head the personal statement with the names of the supervisors to whom you are applying. The statement of purpose should cover your previous research experience, the personal qualities that you will bring to the research project and your motivation for pursuing research in the field(s) that you have selected.  Please note that we are interested in your scientific background and motivation rather than personal experiences.
  • Research Proposal:   A research proposal is not required.  
  • If you are applying for both the RDM Scholars Programme and the WIMM Prize Studentship you can submit one statement of purpose to cover both or two separate statements. (Please note that the online application form will only permit one upload, so please combine them into a single PDF file before upload.) If you choose to submit two separate statements you should note that both statements will be included when the application is sent for assessment. (Deadline for these scholarships has now passed).



RDM Scholars Programme - if you are also applying for the WIMM Prize Studentship you need only make one application. Do not make a separate application for each scholarship /studentship. 


  • Studentships are fully funded for 4 years and include a stipend of £18,000pa and University fees (applications received by 8 January).
  • There is no rotation.
  • CV should be uploaded which includes your final year school results, further educational qualifications, and full details of your research experience.
  • You will need to ensure that your referees are willing and able to write a reference for you. We must receive your references no later than the application deadline. It is your responsibility to ensure that your references are submitted on time.
  • You will need to pay the application fee for each programme to which you make an application unless you are eligible for a fee waiver.  The fee is currently £75 and can be paid by credit/debit card through the University's online shop.  If you do not have access to a bank account and are unable to pay by card, you should contact Graduate Admissions and Funding for guidance as soon as you have decided to apply.
  • Applicants are advised to contact their prospective supervisor in advance of making an application to ensure the availability of research opportunities. This is also to ensure that there is a good fit between the student and the lab. Contact with your potential supervisor(s) is considered an integral part of the admissions process. Please be aware that  supervisors receive a large number of enquiries from prospective students, so please allow time for a response and keep your message brief and to the point. Some supervisors prefer only to speak with successfully shortlisted applicants prior to their interview.  We will always ensure that applicants invited to interview have the chance to speak with their named supervisors before the interview. Supervisor contact details can be found through clicking on their picture on the right hand side of the profile page or by searching for them using the people tab at the top. Please note that conversations with potential supervisors are not part of the selection process.



Information on eligibility can be found at the DPhil in Medical Science information page.



Please contact Dr Jill Walker, RDM Graduate Studies Manager:

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