Physiology, cellular & molecular biology

The Programme

The department is committed to training the next generation of scientists in biological and clinical sciences and wants to encourage applications from students with diverse backgrounds and broad skill sets.

physiology1A wide variety of different backgrounds may be appropriate to study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (equivalent to a PhD) in this theme – previous graduates in the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Physiology have included those with first degrees in Chemistry and Physics as well as biological subjects such as Biochemistry, Physiology and Medicine. A wide range of teaching is available to support students, helping them to learn about relevant material not covered in their previous studies.

bikes1Strength in depth and diversity means that many of our projects cut across conventional disciplines to include aspects of human physiology, clinical medicine, cancer biology, structural biology, protein biology, genomics and biomedical engineering. Admission is competitive and decided on excellence, and currently about half of our students are from outside the UK


NDM Doctoral Prize Studentships are our fully funded 4 year scholarships open to outstanding students of any nationality. These are advertised each autumn for students who want to start the following October. The application deadline is early January each year and offers made early February.

Other sources of full funding include: the Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD programme in Clinical and Basic Sciences, funding via the BHF Centre of Research Excellence and CRUK research studentships; partnership programmes including the NIH-Oxford Scholars Program, Scripps-Oxford and the A*STAR Research Institute in Singapore and various sources of Funding for Clinicians.

Doctoral Projects

physiology2Projects cover hypoxia biology, respiratory physiology, stroke medicine, metabolism, and link closely with studies in cancer biology and cardiovascular medicine.

Training and Career Development

During the first year, students attend compulsory and optional courses and lectures in laboratory techniques and generic skills including scientific writing and statistics, as well as working at the bench. Students are encouraged to attend lectures and seminars related to their program of research. The aim is to tailor this training to individual needs and bring all students up to satisfactory level in background knowledge. Later training is focused on the skills required for a successful career in independent research.

NDM students in ‘Physiology, cellular & molecular biology’ are part of a larger group from several departments in the Medical Sciences Division. Lectures and Seminars cut across departments and collaborations are widespread within the University.


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