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Impactful science, curious minds, life-long friendship, mentorship and collaborations globally are what you can expect to find as an NDM student.
- Quang Nguyen, DPhil in Clinical Medicine student

Headshot of Quang Nguyen, DPhil student, in academic dress outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford


Translating scientific discovery into clinical impact

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.

Diverse research

A needle lies next to three vials of an unspecified vaccine


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


As a multi-disciplinary department, the NDM empowers students of all backgrounds and interests to become leaders in medical science and society. No matter your interests, you will find like-minded world-renowned mentors and inspiring peers who will provide unparalleled support as you excel as a student and confidently stride into your professional career.
- David Cruz Walma, DPhil student based in the Nuffield Department of Medicine

Admission to the DPhil in Clinical Medicine is competitive with academic excellence and research potential being assessed through the application form and an interview.

The DPhil in Clinical Medicine is also offered on a part-time basis for students who wish to study for their DPhil around other commitments.

NDM admits about 60 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.

Graduate outcomes

The Careers Service at Oxford University reports that 15 months after leaving Oxford, the median salary for NDM postgraduate research students is £40,000, with 94% in employment.


See Funding Opportunities for full details about the scholarships available to NDM DPhil applicants.

All applications for entry in 2024 received by noon on 1 December 2023 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.

Graduate Access features a number of funding initiatives to help those from under-represented groups. The DPhil in Clinical Medicine is participating in Black Academic Futures via the Medical Sciences Division's guarantee of at least 10 places per year across its doctoral programmes for the next four years' intakes of DPhil students.