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How to apply © John Cairns

The deadline for applications for the DPhil in Medical Sciences for October 2019 entry has now passed. The admissions cycle for applications for entry in October 2020 will open on 2 September. The main funding deadline for applications is Friday 10 January.

To apply for a place on the DPhil in Medical Sciences you will need to submit an application using the online application form.

In most cases, our students choose to apply to work with a specific supervisor after reading their supervisor profile. Please specify up to three supervisors on your application form, in order of preference if possible. 

You are strongly advised to contact your prospective supervisor(s) in advance of application to discuss potential projects or directions for research you may be able to take. This is to ensure that there is a good fit between the student and the lab and is considered an integral part of the admissions process. 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.

All applicants are to submit a personal statement with their application (this should be 500 words, roughly one page, in length).  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.

Course-specific information on the supporting materials required and how your application will be assessed can be found on the University’s DPhil in Medical Sciences page.

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

The deadline for applications for any Oxford-administered scholarships, including the RDM Scholars Programme and the WIMM Prize Studentship, has now passed. Some supervisors may still be able to consider applications from students who have alternative means of funding (for example, charitable funding, clinical fellows or applicants with funding from a foreign government or equivalent). Prospective applicants are strongly advised to contact their prospective supervisor in advance of making an application.

Please note that any applications received after the main funding deadline will not be assessed until all applications that were received by the deadline have been processed. This may affect supervisor availability.

If you are considering making an application after the funding deadline, 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. 

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