Information for Applicants
Information for graduates applying to Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
The Nuffield Department of Medicine (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.
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 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 is competitive with academic excellence and research potential being assessed through the application and an interview.
NDM strongly encourages applicants to contact supervisors to discuss their application and research interests before applying.
The Careers Service at Oxford University reports that 6 months after leaving Oxford, postgraduate research students at NDM are on average earning £31,000 with 83.8% in employment and a further 11% in further study (e.g. Graduate Entry Medicine).
All applications received by the early January deadline (8 January 2021) 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.
1) NDM Doctoral Prize Studentships
The NDM Doctoral Prize Studentships are fully-funded 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.
2) Other funded programmes
It is also possible to become a DPhil student in the department through admittance via other funded programmes, including the CSC-NDM studentships and the NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars' Programme (see below).
How to apply
We are pleased to announce that we are participating in a pilot on the assessment procedure of graduate applications to address conscious and unconscious bias for entry in the 2021-22 academic year. As part of this pilot, we would like to take socio-economic data into consideration during the admissions process. In order for us to do this, please can you add the following sentence at the end of your document: I give/don’t give [as relevant] permission to the academic assessors for the course to access the socio-economic data I have provided in the University’s application form.
Applying for an advertised doctoral project
Select three advertised doctoral projects. Be careful not to choose more than one project containing the same supervisor or co-supervisor
Apply online to the DPhil in Clinical Medicine
Follow the application guide when completing the form noting the following:
Course Code is 'RD_CM1' and the Programme description is 'DPhil in Clinical Medicine'.
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)
Under Proposed field and title of research project enter ‘Applying for an advertised DPhil project’
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. You should give in brief reasons for your choice of projects; a brief personal statement describing general research interests may also be included but a detailed research proposal is not needed when applying for an advertised project.
- You do not need to indicate that you are applying for the NDM Prize (as all applications received by the January deadline will be considered for this award). However if you would like to complete this section, please enter 'NDM-Prize' as the scholarship code.
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. Please remember to add the following sentence at the end of your document: I give/don’t give [as relevant] permission to the academic assessors for the course to access the socio-economic data I have provided in the University’s application form.
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.
Applying for an allied funded programme
Applicants selecting an NDM supervisor when applying for the programmes below will become NDM students on admission:
- CSC-NDM studentships
- CSC-CAMS/PUMC Oxford High-level Innovative Talent Scholarships
- NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars' Programme
- The Oxford MRC-DTP DPhil in Interdisciplinary Medical Research
If you are a Home student you are strongly encouraged to also apply for funded programmes which would support working with an NDM supervisor:
Submitting a project proposal
- Identify potential supervisors
- Contact supervisors about your research interests/proposal including a copy of your CV and names and addresses of referees.
- Agree on a project title and summary with the supervisor(s) who agree to support a proposed project.
- Apply online to the DPhil in Clinical Medicine
- Follow the application guide when completing the form noting the following:
- Course Code is 'RD_CM1' and the Programme description is 'DPhil in Clinical Medicine'.
- Under Proposed supervisor name, Proposed field and title of the research project and Statement of study plans/Research Proposal enter details as agreed with the supervisor(s).
- 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.
Applications will be assessed by the admissions panel using the criteria as described in this PDF document.
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place 27, 28 and 29 January 2021 (January deadline) and 23 and 24 March 2021 (March deadline). Applicants will need to be available at these times with the interviews taking place remotely.