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Medical Sciences Doctoral Training Centre 4 year PhD Programmes

The DTC programmes are structured 4 year DPhil programmes; applications and admissions for the separate themes are handled by the DTC. The awards are generous, and although the fees are covered at the Home rate, International students who are offered places may get additional funding via a Clarendon Scholarship.

The first year of each programme consists of taught courses or laboratory rotations, after which the students are assigned a Department and spend three years of independent research in a single laboratory (in this respect, the programme differs from the NDM Prize Studentships, which are for 4 years in a single laboratory). Supervisors in the NDM participate in the following themes:

For Clinicians

Clinically qualified applicants can apply for an Oxford Wellcome Trust Training Fellowship for Clinicians in Basic Science. These 3 year studentships enable qualified clinicians to study for a D.Phil. in the basic science of the following themes: Neurosciences, Infection & Immunity, Cardiovascular Medicine, Haematology & Haematopoiesis and Metabolic Medicine (which also includes Diabetes, Endocrinology and Nephrology). Alternatively, clinicians can apply directly to the MRC (MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowships), CRUK or other specialist research charities for a Clinical Training Fellowship. You should discuss options with your prospective supervisor. Clinicians in training are counted as University employees.

The Oxford/NIH Graduate Partnership Programme

This scheme provides opportunities for the most promising postgraduate students from the United States to undertake collaborative four-year PhD training based in both Oxford and the intramural campus of the National Institutes of Health at Bethesda (Maryland, USA). It is administered in Oxford by the NDM, though projects and supervisors can be chosen across various departments. Students interested in NDM supervisors should view the list of current projects under individual themes or on the webpages of principal investigators.

More details are available on our page on NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars' Programme.

The Wellcome Trust and NIH Four Year PhD Studentships

This scheme provides opportunities for the most promising postgraduate students from the UK or Republic of Ireland to undertake four-year PhD training based in both a UK academic institution (including Oxford) and the intramural campus of the National Institutes of Health at Bethesda (Maryland, USA).

More details are available on the Wellcome Trust and National Institutes of Health Four-year PhD Studentships website.

A*STAR-University of Oxford DPhil Programme

This scheme provides four-year scholarships consisting of two years of study at the University of Oxford and two years at a A*STAR Research Institute in Singapore. It is open to Singaporeans, Singaporean Permanent Residents and ASEAN Nationals. Applicants interested in NDM projects are welcome to contact the principal investigators.

Novartis Vaccines-Oxford-China Scholarship Programme

The Novartis Vaccines-Oxford-China Scholarship Programme is a four-year doctoral programme based in the Nuffield Department of Medicine's Immunology Unit, which is open to graduate students from two of our partner institutions in China: Tsinghua University and Shanghai Jiaotong University.*

This is a fully-funded programme and, if selected, your University fees and college fees will be covered by the scholarship and you will also receive an annual living stipend. Additional funds may be available for students’ and supervisors’ international flight costs.

If selected, you will spend two years of the programme in Oxford and two years at Novartis’ laboratories in Shanghai or Sienna. You will undertake one of the doctoral projects in the field of Human Immunology under the supervision of one of the supervisors listed below. You will have one Oxford supervisor and one from Novartis Vaccines. This is fully integrated programme and when you are not in Oxford your Novartis Vaccines supervisor will send a termly report to your Oxford supervisor and vice versa. Students and supervisors can consult the NDM website for further details on the process of assessment and support.

Eligible candidates will be nominated by one of the two Universities named above and will have an initial interview in China. Shortlisted candidates will then apply to the Nuffield Department of Medicine’s Doctoral (D.Phil.) Programme and must fulfil all of the relevant entrance requirements, as well as meeting the specific criteria for this programme. The final decision will be made by the University Admitting Body (UAB). Final selection by Oxford will not be confirmed until all conditions of admission have been met. Under Oxford’s present procedures, acceptance by the admitting body guarantees acceptance by a College.

The support for this programme comes from Novartis Vaccines and the Nuffield Department of Medicine. The programme is led by Visiting Professor Xiaoning Xu.

Eligible Supervisors

  • Vincenzo Cerundolo
  • David Jackson
  • Lars Fugger
  • Simon Davis
  • Graham Ogg
  • Richard Cornall
  • Alison Simmons
  • Jan Rehwinkel
  • Tao Dong
  • Katja Simon
  • Christian Eggeling
  • Hal Drakesmith
  • Alain Townsend

(Please note that some of these supervisors are now based in the Radcliffe Department of Medicine)

If you would like to know more about the doctoral projects which are linked to this programme, please contact the project supervisor, noting that you are interested in this programme and including your CV.

If you meet the criteria and are interested in one of the eligible doctoral projects then please contact the relevant academic at your institution as listed below:

Dr. Ying Wang
Associate Professor
Shanghai Institute of Immunology
Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine
Shanghai, 200025, P.R. of China

Phone: 86-13003262266 Linqi Zhang, Ph.D
Institute of Human Virology
Comprehensive AIDS Research Center
Tsinghua University
Beijing, 100084, P.R of China

Phone: 86-10-62788131

*Please note that all applicants are also eligible to apply for the NDM Prize Studentship.

Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership

We invite interested candidates to apply for ESRC funding to undertake one year of the MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine followed by three years of a doctorate on a social research topic with a PI in the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health. The funding comes from the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership and falls under the Health and Wellbeing Pathway. Successful candidates will be part of a vibrant and multidisciplinary community of scholars across three institutions and benefit from all that the GUDTP has to offer. Interested candidates should first apply to the MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine before the January deadline. Candidates are asked to submit with their MSc IHTM application a brief (no more than two page) proposal for their doctoral research project along with the names of two supervisors who have agreed to supervise the research (at least one from Centre for Global Health and Tropical Medicine). If admitted on the MSc IHTM, your research proposal will be forwarded to the DPhil admission panel for consideration. Candidates will then formally apply to the DPhil once registered on the MSc. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Christelle Kervella-Jones in the first instance.

Please note that due to the remit of the funder, this scholarship is limited to candidates from the UK.

Other Programmes

The NDM will occasionally advertise special funding programmes or Studentships linked to New Investigator Awards.