Information for applicants: 2020-21 entry
The Nuffield Department of Medicine (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.
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 department is just as renowned for its work in basic sciences as more clinical or applied work with much of the £130 million per annum grant income being spent on understanding the most basic principles of biomedicine and disease pathogenesis.
As well as its research and clinical commitments in Oxford, the department has major overseas programmes in Thailand, Vietnam and Kenya.
Admission to the DPhil in Clinical Medicine is competitive with academic excellence and research potential being assessed through the application and an interview.
NDM strongly encourages applicants to contact supervisors to discuss their application and research interests before applying.
The Careers Service at Oxford University reports that 6 months after leaving Oxford, postgraduate research students at NDM are on average earning £31,000 with 83.8% in employment and a further 11% in further study (e.g. Graduate Entry Medicine).
All applications received by the early January deadline (10 January 2020) will automatically be considered for the NDM Prize Studentship and other funding opportunities available within the Medical Sciences Division. Further studentships and scholarships may also be available and can be found using the fees, funding and scholarship search.
1) NDM Doctoral Prize Studentships
The NDM Doctoral Prize Studentships are fully-funded awards that are open to outstanding students of any nationality without restriction. This is our flagship programme and it is advertised each autumn for students who want to start the following October.
2) Other funded programmes
It is also possible to become a DPhil student in the department through admittance via other funded programmes, including the CSC-NDM studentships and the NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars' Programme (see below).
3) Direct Applications
Exceptionally, students can also approach individual supervisors directly at other times during the year. If you are not applying for a funded programme (see above), you will need to have funds for the University fees and your living costs, if your supervisor is themselves unable to fund you. The selection criteria remain the same as for funded programmes. More information is available on our Direct Applications page. You are strongly advised to make informal contact with the proposed supervisor before submitting your formal application. See also “Submitting a project proposal”, below
How to apply
Applicants can apply for an advertised DPhil project, submit a project proposal as agreed with a supervisor or apply for an allied funded programme.
Applying for an advertised doctoral project
Select three advertised doctoral projects.Be careful not to choose more than one project containing the same supervisor or co-supervisor
Apply online to the DPhil in Clinical Medicine
Follow the application guide when completing the form noting the following:
Course Code is 'RD_CM1' and the Programme description is 'DPhil in Clinical Medicine'.
Under Proposed supervisor name enter the project numbers and names of the supervisors whose projects you are applying to (please indicate up to three projects from different supervisors in ranked order)
Under Proposed field and title of research project enter ‘Applying for an advertised DPhil project’
If you wish to also apply for other scholarships, you must tick the relevant boxes.
For Statement of study plans/Research Proposal please list the three projects from three supervisors that you are interested in (use the reference numbers on the list of projects). You must rank them in order of preference. Be careful not to choose more than one project containing the same supervisor or co-supervisor. You must select three projects for your application - if you select fewer than three, additional projects will be chosen on your behalf. You should give in brief reasons for your choice of projects; a brief personal statement describing general research interests may also be included but a detailed research proposal is not needed when applying for an advertised project.
A CV should be uploaded which includes your final year school results (A-level, baccalaureate or equivalent) and full details of your prior university studies and research experience.
You will need to ensure, in good time, that your three 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.
Applying for an allied funded programme
Applicants selecting an NDM supervisor when applying for the programmes below will become NDM students on admission:
If you are a Home or EU student you are strongly encouraged to also apply for funded programmes which would support working with an NDM supervisor:
Submitting a project proposal
- Identify potential supervisors
- Contact supervisors about your research interests/proposal including a copy of your CV and names and addresses of referees.
- Agree a project title and summary with the supervisor(s) who agree to support a proposed project.
- Apply online to the DPhil in Clinical Medicine
- Follow the application guide when completing the form noting the following:
- Course Code is 'RD_CM1' and the Programme description is 'DPhil in Clinical Medicine'.
- Under Proposed supervisor name, Proposed field and title of research project and Statement of study plans/Research Proposal enter details as agreed with the supervisor(s).
- A CV should be uploaded which includes your final year school results (A-level, baccalaureate or equivalent) and full details of your prior university studies and research experience.
Interviews for shortlisted candidates for admission take place 28 and 29 January 2020 (January deadline) and 23 and 24 March 2020 (March deadline). Applicants will need to be available at this time and will have an opportunity to visit the laboratories. We can alternatively conduct interviews with overseas students by Skype or phone.
Further information on admissions can be found on this page and via the links on the right hand panel. Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.
- Applications open: 2 September 2019
- First application deadline: 10 January 2020*
- Interviews: 28 -29 January 2020
- Second application deadline: 3 March 2020
- Interviews: 23 – 24 March 2020
- Further applications may be considered after the March deadline on a case by case basis.
*Apply by the January deadline to be considered for funding