Graduate Studies


Graduate Studies in the Nuffield Department of Medicine

The Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM) is one of the largest and most highly regarded departments of medicine in Europe and noted for the wide range and excellence of its basic and clinical research (rated 5* in research assessment exercises).

The NDM is just as renowned for its work in basic sciences as more clinical or applied work. Much of the £130 million per annum grant income is spent on understanding the most basic principles of biology and disease pathogenesis.

As well as its research and clinical commitments in Oxford, the department has major overseas programmes in Thailand, Vietnam and Kenya. The NDM admits about 60 graduate (postgraduate) students each year for study and research towards a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree, which is the University of Oxford's equivalent of a PhD. 

For more information please email Graduate Studies Enquiries.


University of Oxford/University of Cape Town PhD Exchange Programme

Professor Helen McShane (Jenner Institute) and 39 Principal Investigators across  both the University of Oxford and University of Cape Town were successfully awarded funding for a PhD exchange programme, to start in 2016. This is a 3 year scheme supporting 10 PhD students from each university spending 3-6 months in a collaborating group at the partner instutition. The scheme will cover the costs of these exchange visits, a stipend, a contribution to research and bench fees or equivalent and additional partnering activities. It will also include multiple networking opportunities, including a conference in South Africa in 2018.

Initially the application process will be open to existing PhD students working with PIs named in the application. If you are a PhD student within MSD, and are not sure if you are eligible for the exchange, then please contact your supervisor and ask them. An email will have been sent to all of the Principal Investigators involved in this programme explaining the application process. The deadline for the first round of applications is 15th April 2016.

 If you have any questions relating to this exchange, then please contact Helen McShane’s PA.

Doctoral Programmes

We offer doctoral projects in the following themes:

Places on our programmes are awarded on the basis of excellence but we are able to offer full funding for students of all nationalities.

BBSRC ExpMed Studentship 

A BBSRC-funded studentship in the Experimental Medicine Division is currently being advertised. This studentship is expected to start in October 2016. More information is available here and in this document.