There has been a university in Oxford for something like 900 years and yet it remains at the forefront of modern scientific teaching and research. Each year, hundreds of graduate students come to the university for further study. The Nuffield Department of Medicine at Oxford boasts one of the largest groups of medical researchers within any higher education institution with graduate training in subjects as diverse as cancer biology, protein science, genetics, tropical medicine, and many more.
Our prize studentships cover 4 years of doctoral training fees and an annual tax-free stipend and with outposts in Thailand, Vietnam, and Kenya, our students receive truly global training. Have a look at our graduates’ studies website to see what we can offer you and hear from our students about why the Nuffield Department of Medicine is such a great place to study.
Oxford is a very city and a very international university and one of the lovely things about attracting students to our groups from all over the world is that they create that international atmosphere of excellence in which we are all striving together to achieve insights into science and in medicine.
What I would say to someone who is applying to a Dphil project, is to talk to your supervisor and take a look at other researchers in your field, and especially read some papers that your potential supervisor has published.
I think that doing a DPhil can be really challenging but really rewarding and because it is very challenging, I think it’s important that you’re in a good state before you actually start. Because of this, my advice for somebody considering applying for a DPhil would be to make sure that your background knowledge is up to scratch, do as much reading as you can and if you're already in the field, attend conferences and if at all possible, try to speak to your supervisor or your potential supervisor before starting.
I really think about how his or her research fits into the general field that you are interested in and really make sure that you get to know your supervisor a little bit, personally before you sign for the project because supervisors can be very different and some may suit you very well and some may not. So I think it is very important to figure out what kind of a supervisor your supervisor is before you get supervised by them.
The great advantage for a supervisor within the department, attracting a graduate student is that they will obtain somebody or get someone to work in their group who is extremely optimistic, outward-looking, and has been very well trained in the institution where they come from. We often find that graduate students make the most interesting contributions or can really advance our work in new directions – probably because they are willing to take risks and also of course because we are going to do our best to support them. So students going through our groups often get very good papers out of it and can move on to great new positions themselves.