How to Apply
The Radcliffe Department of Medicine offers fully funded 4-year PhD (DPhil) studentships, to start in October 2022. 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.
Applicants can also be considered for the WIMM Prize Studentship if they meet the eligibility criteria.
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 3 December will be processed prior to any later applications being considered.
The latest date you can apply for a place for October 2022 entry is July 1st, 2022.
You can find full details on the application process in the University’s application guide.
- September 2021 – Applications open
- 3 December 2021, 12 noon (UK time) – applications close
- Applications for the DPhil in Medical Sciences received by 3 December will automatically be considered for funding if the applicant meets the eligibility criteria.
- Week commencing 20 December 2021 - Shortlisted candidates invited for interview
- Week commencing 10 January 2022 – Interviews
- 1 July 2022 - course closes for applications. If you have your own funding in place, eg funding from your home government or a clinical fellowship, you can apply after the December deadline until 1 July 2022
- October 2022 – DPhil studies start date
HOW TO APPLY
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
You are advised to submit your application form and all your supporting documents at least a week before the deadline to avoid any last-minute problems with the submission process.
Specific details required in the application form:
- Programme description - DPhil in Medical Sciences
- Course Code - RD_MD1 (full-time option), RD_MD9P1 (part-time option)
- Studentship reference code - No studentship reference code is required
- Proposed Field and Title of Research: Insert "Not applicable"
- Supervisor: List up to 3 supervisors from DPhil Research Opportunities 2022.
- CV: Please follow the instructions concerning the submission of your CV in the Medical Sciences Division website.
- Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement: 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.
You should provide a statement of your research interests, in English, describing how your background and research interests relate to the programme.
The statement should focus on academic or research-related achievements and interests rather than personal achievements and interests.
This will be assessed for:
· your reasons for applying
· evidence of motivation for and understanding of the proposed area of study
· the ability to present a reasoned case in English
· capacity for sustained and focused work
· understanding of problems in the area and ability to construct and defend an argument.
It will be normal for students’ ideas and goals to change in some ways as they undertake their DPhil, but your personal statement will enable you to demonstrate your current interests and aspirations.
- Research Proposal: A research proposal is not required.
- You are only required to provide one Statement of Purpose for the DPhil in Medical Sciences. This will be considered by both the RDM Scholars Programme and the WIMM Prize Studentship if you meet the eligibility criteria.
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.
- Part-time option – if you wish to study part-time you must contact your potential supervisor to ask if they are able to accommodate part-time study
- There is no rotation.
- You will need to ensure that your referees are willing and able to write a reference for you. References must be submitted no later than the application deadline. It is your responsibility to ensure that your references are submitted on time.
- Your references should generally be academic though you may use up to one relevant professional reference – for example, areference from an industrial placement. If you have completed or are currently undertaking a Masters you should include a reference from this course.
- 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.
- You are encouraged to contact your prospective supervisor before you apply in order to discuss the research opportunities available. If you do not manage to contact your prospective supervisor you can still make your application and, if shortlisted, you will be able to make contact with them prior to the interview. Contact with the prospective supervisor is an integral part of the admissions process in order to ensure that there is a good fit between the student and the lab. Please be aware that some 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. 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. Conversations with potential supervisors are not part of the selection process. Please note that if you do make an application without having made contact with your supervisor we cannot guarantee that they will be able to support your application.
- You are advised to look at the Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.
Information on eligibility can be found at the DPhil in Medical Science information page.
Please contact Dr Jill Walker, RDM Graduate Studies Manager: