Frequently Asked Questions

Please take a look at the University's animated guide on applying for graduate study and the information below which should help to answer your questions. If you can't find the answer to your question, please email the Graduate Studies Manager who will respond to you.

 

Course Information

What is the course structure for the DPhil in Clinical Medicine?

The DPhil in Clinical Medicine is a four year, full-time research degree. The DPhil is the Oxford equivalent of a PhD. As a doctoral student within the Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM), you will carry out research in a single laboratory for the duration of your degree. There is no period of rotation between laboratories. There are no modules or taught elements to this course.
If you are interested in a more structured DPhil with training modules, you may wish to look at the Medical Sciences Doctoral Training Centre programmes.

Can I study part-time?

Some labs may be able to accommodate part-time studying; but this would be unusual and you would need to discuss this option with your Supervisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. You would still be liable for full fees for your years of study.

Do I need to be resident in Oxford during the course?

Yes, you need to be resident for at least 6 terms. Students based in our Tropical Medicine units are considered to be 'resident'.

Can I study in Oxford if I come from the EEA?

Yes. Students from the European Economic Area can study in Oxford and pay the same fees as UK students. For further information on fees check the University Fees Calculator and University Tuition Fee webpages.

Can I study in Oxford if I come from a country outside the UK and EEA? Do I need a visa or ATAS?

Yes. Your fees will be at the overseas rate, but if successful in the competition, these can be covered by the award of a NDM Prize Studentship. The award of scholarships is competitive and as a minimum requirement qualifying students are normally expected to have at least a GPA>3.7 or a First Class Degree. If you are admitted, you will need to obtain an ATAS certificate and a student visa before starting your studies - the JACS code to be used by students in NDM applying for an ATAS is B100. Please note you will need to budget for the cost of a visa.

Can I come as a self-funded student or with my own scholarship, studentship or grant?

Yes. You will need to provide details of the funding on your application. Please be aware that some fees will be due before starting the course.

Can I do paid work in Oxford during my DPhil (PhD)?

Yes, within the conditions of your student visa (if applicable), but we recommend that you do no more than 12 hours/week because of the intensity of the course. The university advises that students on research degree courses (such as the DPhil) make sure that any paid work still allows them to spend at least 40 hours per week for a minimum of 44 weeks of the year on their studies. Many students take on teaching in their area of interest and others find that work can be a useful way to socialise and meet people in college. The Oxford Careers Service provides advice and advertises opportunities for part-time work suitable for Oxford students.

Can I apply at any time during the year?

Yes. You can apply at any time of the year. However, the funded programmes, including the NDM Prize Studentships, have annual deadlines. If you apply late in the academic year it may also be difficult to find a college place.

Is there an upper or lower age limit on the Oxford DPhil?

No, we accept students of any age.

EU referendum

The result of the UK referendum announced on Friday 24 June 2016 was a vote in favour of the UK leaving European Union (EU) membership. Currently, UK membership enables students from across the EU to come to Oxford, and assists Oxford's students to study in Europe. Whilst the UK government will negotiate an exit agreement with the EU, there are no immediate changes to the current situation. The formal process for leaving the European Union will take some time and the UK is currently scheduled to leave in March 2019. The University of Oxford is and intends to remain a thriving, cosmopolitan community of scholars and students united in our commitment to education and research. The UK referendum result will not change this; our students from all across the world are as warmly welcome as ever.

What tuition fees will I be charged in the academic year 2018/19?

You can find fee information for your intended course on our Fees, Funding and Scholarships page. EU students who begin their studies at the University in 2018/19 will be charged the home rate for tuition fees for all years of their programme.

As an EU student, am I still eligble for the NDM Prize Studentships?

The NDM Prize Studentships are open to all outstanding candidates regardless of nationality so all EU students are welcome to apply.

Will my immigration status change?

At present, the UK remains in the EU. This means that European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals continue to have the same rights and status, and are subject to the same residence requirements under EU law as was the case before the referendum.

Where can I find information and advice on studying in the UK and the impact of the referendum?

Please refer to the UKCISA website for up to date information and advice on studying in the UK.

We appreciate that there are other questions to which applicants may seek answers, such as access to the NHS and post-study right to work. There is a University page that will be updated as the implication of the referendum result become clear and the UK and EU negotiations advance.

If you have a question that you would like to ask, please contact NDM Graduate Studies or use the University online form.

Application Details

What should I include in my personal statement?

The personal statement should be no longer than 2 pages of A4 in length and should focus on research rather than personal achievements, interests and aspirations. A detailed research proposal is not needed when applying to a project as part of NDM studentships.

Who should I ask for references?

You should select three referees who can provide an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for the course. The Department will accept professional references if these are relevant to the course. If you have recently completed (or are about to complete) a Masters degree, your Masters supervisor should be one of the referees.

Can I provide my English language qualification after applying?

It is possible to apply for the January deadline and provide the English language qualification after the application deadline.

My transcript is in another language – can I translate it?

If your official transcript is not in English, you must submit both (i) the original official document issued by your institution and (ii) a translation into English certified by a professional translator, the issuing body of the original transcript or an authorised notary.

Where should I include my project titles and studentship code?

The project titles should be listed on the application in the section, ‘Statement of study plans/Research Proposal’. The three projects should be ranked in order of preference and be careful not to choose more than one project containing the same supervisor or co-supervisor.

The studentship code should be added to the application in the section, ‘Advertised Reference Code’. For studentship applications the code is ‘12CLINMED0’.

More information on how to apply can be found here.

Can I apply for other courses using the same application form?

In applying for this programme, you may submit further applications for up to two of the following associated programmes without paying an additional application fee:

If you wish to apply for any other programmes, you will have to complete a separate application form.

How are applications judged?

Applicants are judged on their research potential, on the basis of their academic record and other achievements, and their references. Applicants for NDM Prize Studentships are scored first by the three supervisors to whom they have applied and then by a panel of senior staff, representing the different subjects and divisions of the NDM. Short-listed applicants are then interviewed by this panel and again scored on their ability and potential. The studentships are offered in ranked order.

 

NDM Prize Studentships

Am I eligible for the NDM Prize Studentships if I come from a country outside the UK and EEA?

Yes, applicants to the NDM Prize Studentships can come from any country and receive a full Studentship.

I am only interested in one project – can I still apply?

Yes, but you must still list 3 projects on your application as we want to ensure a spread of projects across the applications. If you are not selected for your preferred project you can turn down the interview and/or the studentship.

Where should I include my project titles and studentship code?

The project titles should be listed on the application in the section, ‘Statement of study plans/Research Proposal’. The three projects should be ranked in order of preference and be careful not to choose more than one project containing the same supervisor or co-supervisor.

The studentship code should be added to the application in the section, ‘Advertised Reference Code’. For studentship applications the code is ‘12CLINMED0’.

More information on how to apply can be found here.

How are applications judged?

Applicants are judged on their research potential, on the basis of their academic record and other achievements, and their references. Applicants for NDM Prize Studentships are scored first by the three supervisors to whom they have applied and then by a panel of senior staff, representing the different subjects and divisions of the NDM. Short-listed applicants are then interviewed by this panel and again scored on their ability and potential. The studentships are offered in ranked order.

 

Re-applying

My application was turned down last year. Can I reapply?

Yes. You are welcome to reapply but it is helpful to demonstrate why your circumstances and qualifications have changed. Please contact your prospective supervisor.