Information for Applicants
On this page you will find information on the different funding options available to potential postgraduate students hoping to study at NDM. Scroll below for information on how to apply and how to fill in your online application form.
Most students study for 4 years for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, DPhil, which is the Oxford equivalent of a PhD. Admission is competitive and decided on excellence. All students are members of Colleges of the University of Oxford and have the opportunity to study alongside scholars from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines and live in a beautiful and historic city.
Academic excellence and research potential is assessed through the application and an interview. All students must also meet the minimum requirements in terms of degree classification, English language and ability to pay fees. Several sources of funding exist to help to pay for fees and stipends.
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.
1) NDM Doctoral Prize Studentships
The NDM Doctoral Prize Studentships are fully-funded 4 year 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. The closing date for applications for 2018 entry will be 12 noon, UK time on 8 January 2018. Interviews will take place on 24 and 25 January 2018.
2) Other funded programmes
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, you will need to have funds for the University fees and your living costs. The selection criteria remain the same as for funded programmes. More information is available on our Direct Applications page.
How to apply
1) NDM Prize Studentships
When completing the online application form please read the University Guide and take note of the following:
- Course Code is 'RD_CM1' and the Programme description is 'DPhil in Clinical Medicine'.
- Under Proposed field and title of research project enter 'NDM Prize Studentship Competition'.
- 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)
- Advertised Reference Code for studentship applications is '12CLINMED0'
- 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. A brief personal statement describing research interests may also be included but a detailed research proposal is not needed when applying to a project as part of NDM studentships.
- 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.
University administration requires a single credit card payment of £75 to accompany your application. Unfortunately no other form of payment is acceptable for online appications.
Interviews for shortlisted candidates for admission take place at the end of January. 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.
2) Other Funded Programmes
Candidates apply directly to these programmes - please see the information on their own separate websites.
3) Direct Applications to NDM Supervisors
Candidates making direct applications must first email their CV and names and addresses of referees to their proposed supervisor.
The form should be completed as for the Prize Studentships (explained above) except under Proposed field and title of research project enter the specific title of research that you have agreed with the supervisor and the code '12CLINMED02', and for Statement of study plans/Research Proposal include a detailed research proposal.
Interviews for shortlisted candidates for admission will take place during the spring. Applicants will have an opportunity to visit the laboratories. We can alternatively conduct interviews with overseas applicants online.
Offers from the University become unconditional once original degree transcripts from the applicant's University together with any necessary language certificate have been received, and Colleges have received proof of funding.