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.

NDM Prize Studentship Competition 2018

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Applications are now open for our fully-funded four year PhD (DPhil) Prize Studentships. The Studentships fund graduates working in the seven research themes spanning clinical and basic science. Our doctoral students receive in-depth training by working on their own research project for the full four years of study. In 2018, we expect to make around 15 awards to students of the highest calibre.

Students in reciept of an NDM Prize Studentship receive:

  • Annual £18,000 tax-free stipend
  • College and University fees paid
  • Open to outstanding candidates of any nationality
For more information, please see our NDM Prize Studentship page. Apply by noon GMT on 8th January 2018. Interviews will be held on 24th and 25th January 2018.

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.

NDM Graduate Prizes Winners 2017

The NDM Graduate Prize Winners were presented with their Prizes at Oxford's Natural History Museum on Monday 13th November. There were 6 Prizes awarded, with a further 4 students highly commended for their work. For further information and student profiles of the winners, please go to: