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 see our NDM Studentship podcast or email Graduate Studies Enquiries.

Medical Sciences DPhil Day - 11 July 2017

DPhil Day

On the 11th of July  the 14th Medical Sciences Division DPhil day will be held at the JR hospital. The MSD DPhil day is a showcase of the excellent biomedical and clinical research being carried out by the DPhil students of the University of Oxford. It is a great opportunity for students to learn about what else is going on in the division and also to present their research to a friendly audience. There are opportunities to both speak and to present a poster. 

The DPhil day will take place on the 11th of July at the Tingewick Hall of the JR. It will run from 9am to 5pm and will be followed by a drinks reception. Additionally, Professor Eleanor Riley from the London School of Tropical Medicine will be speaking as keynote.

Students can register at Abstract submission can also be found here. Additionally, if there are any questions we can be contacted at

2017 Medical Science DPhil Day Committee:

Alice Stelfox, Norbert Volkmar, Agata Antepowicz, Kento Kawai, Francesca Donnellan, Xiaopeng Fu, Brittany Chao. 



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.

PhD Vacancy - Harwell/BDI

The MRC Harwell Institute and Oxford Big Data Institute (BDI), University of Oxford, are offering two PhD studentships for collaborative projects between the two institutes. The students will benefit from being located at the BDI, while spending two days per week at the MRC Harwell Institute and will be jointly supervised by a supervisor from each institution. 

The MRC Harwell Institute is a world leader in large scale functional studies, including the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) and is the NIH funded Data Coordination Centre for the IMPC, collecting and analysing data from 10 centres around the world. The BDI is a major international institute established to focus on the collection, integration and analysis of biomedical big data. 

For more information on the studentship and hpw to apply please go to: