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The department offers a number of fully funded studentships to outstanding applicants every year.

To be considered for full funding, candidates applying to start a course from October must submit their University application by the early January deadline (12:00 midday on 10th January 2020).

All candidates submitting applications by the early January deadline will automatically be considered for full funding from a number of sources including the MRC, the Clarendon Fund, Oxford Colleges and numerous charitable sources. Further details can be found here.

The funding will pay fees at the Home/EU or overseas fees rate and provide a stipend of at least the standard UK Research and Innovation rate (currently £15,009 pa) for 3 years. 

Please note that the selection of highly-ranked applicants for these studentships is a competitive process, with some opportunities open to applicants across the whole Medical Sciences Division.

These studentships are not linked to any specific projects but a list of potential projects available for research students can be found here. Individual supervisors can be contacted by email about their projects. Students are also welcome to define their own project/research proposal for an application; these projects/proposals can be sent to the supervisors(s) that you identify to ascertain if the department can accommodate such a project.

External funding opportunities

DPhil candidates are encouraged to apply for other independent funding sources for which they may be eligible, for example:

A more extensive list of potential external scholarships can be found on this page of the university website.


If English is not your first language you will be required to supply test certificates stating that your proficiency in English achieves a minimum score. Further details of the acceptable test certificates and scores can be found here. Please note that this Department requires a minimum score on the IELTS test of 7.5 (with at least 7.0 in each component) or a minimum score of 110 on the internet-based TOEFL.


Our first deadline for applications for an October 2019 (11th January 2019) has now passed - we will however continue to accept applicaions for our programme. Interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 4th February 2019.

You are advised to start making enquiries at least one year before you hope to begin.  Each year the main application deadline is in early January. Students who wish to be entered into the university funding competitions must apply by this date. Later applications will be considered if places are available but you are encouraged to contact us first. International students must allow time for obtaining a visa.

Students must arrive in time for the induction programmes provided by the Department and Colleges.These are held in the week before the official start of the University academic year (i.e. week 0 of Michaelmas term). This is usually the 1st week in October. The dates for University terms are given here.


The university's Disability Advisory Service provides information and advice on disability issues at Oxford and facilitates support for students with disabilities. This includes, for example, students with sensory or mobility impairments, long-term health conditions, specific learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions or mental health difficulties.

The Disability Advisory Service's Common Framework for Supporting Disabled Students can be viewed here.

The Disability Lead for students in our department is our Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Anthony Harnden; however if you have any questions please contact the Departmental Disability Coordinator, Clare Wickings or the Postgraduate Training Administrator, Daniel Long in the first instance.


Maryam Ahmadyar
Understanding interventions to improve access of homeless people to general dental services in England: A realist review and evaluation
Supervisors: Dr Geoff Wong

Ali Albasri
Optimising the management of hypertension in pharmacies
Supervisors: Professor Richard McManusDr James Sheppard, Dr Suman Prinjha

Charlotte Albury
Using conversation analysis to evaluate and design a brief weight loss intervention in primary care
Supervisors: Professor Paul AveyardProfessor Sue Ziebland, Dr Liz Stokoe (Loughborough University) 

Helen Ashdown

Predicting inhaled steroid responsiveness using near-patient testing: personalising long-term management of COPD in primary care

Supervisors: Professor Chris ButlerDr Emily McFaddenDr Margaret SmithDr Mona Badfahel (NDM)

Eleanor Barry

Understanding ‘Pre-Diabetes’ From The Patient’s Perspective. A mixed-methods qualitative study to improve the success of diabetes prevention strategies

Supervisors: Professor Trish GreenhalghDr Sara Shaw

Filippo Bianchi
Developing and evaluating behavioural interventions to reduce meat consumption
Supervisors: Professor Susan JebbDr Brian Cook

Niklas Bobrovitz
Identifying and prioritising interventions to reduce emergency hospital admissions
Supervisors: Professor Carl Heneghan, Dr Kamal Mahtani 

Nicholas DeVito

Using Audit and Feedback to Create Positive Change in Clinical Trials Transparency

Supervisors: Professor Carl HeneghanDr Kamal Mahtani, Dr Ben Goldacre

Jienchi Dorward

Point-of-care viral load testing and mHealth adherence support to enhance primary care HIV services in South Africa

Supervisors:Professor Chris ButlerDr Gail Hayward

Oluwaseun Esan
Estimating the burden of complication from common gastrointestinal infections and remediable factors that contribute to this burden
Supervisors: Professor Rafael Perera, Dr Thomas FanshaweProfessor Noel McCarthy (Warwick Medical School)Dr Mara Violato (NDPH) 

Kerstin Frie
Development and feasibility testing of an intervention to support people to lose weight through daily weighing.
Supervisors: Professor Paul Aveyard, Professor Susan JebbDr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce

Kome Gbinigie
The diagnosis and management of bacterial infections in older adults
Supervisors: Professor Carl HeneghanProfessor Chris Butler, Dr Anne-Marie Boylan 

Clare Goyder
Pathway of Patients Diagnosed with Heart Failure in Primary Care

Supervisors: Professor Richard Hobbs, Dr Clare Taylor

Alexandra Jager

Towards a framework for the incorporation of Big Data throughout the NHS primary care commissioning cycle: a realist synthesis and evaluation

Supervisors: Dr Geoff WongDr Chrysanthi Papoutsi

Bethany Jakubowski

Self-management and self-testing of blood pressure and proteinuria during hypertensive pregnancy

Supervisors: Professor Richard McManusDr Kath Tucker

Nicholas Jones

Reducing stroke risk for patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation in primary care

Supervisors: Professor Richard HobbsDr Clare Taylor

Mona Koshkouei

The Operational and Clinical Impact of Regulatory Change on Pharmacy Practice: The Implementation of the European Union Falsified Medicines Directive in the United Kingdom

Supervisors: Professor Trish GreenhalghProfessor Gary Ford (RDM)Professor Sue Dopson (SBS)

Koot Kotze

Hybrid managers in primary health care: balancing excellence and effectiveness

SupervisorsProfessor Trish Greenhalgh 

Tonny Muthee
Targeted prevention and management of cardiovascular risk in low and middle income countries; an implementation intervention for cardiovascular risk scoring in Kenya

Supervisor: Professor Carl Heneghan, Dr Veronika WilliamsDr David NunanDr Anthony Etyang (KEMRI-Wellcome Trust)

Brian Nicholson
Weight loss as a predictor of cancer in primary care
Supervisors: Professor Richard Hobbs, Professor Paul Aveyard, Professor Willie Hamilton (University of Exeter Medical School)

Sarah Payne Riches
Development and feasibility testing of a behavioural intervention to reduce salt intake
Supervisors: Professor Susan Jebb, Professor Paul Aveyard, Dr Carmen Piernas-Sanchez

Louise Pealing
OPTIMUM-BP: self-monitoring of blood pressure in pregnancy
Supervisors: Professor Richard McManus, Professor Sue Ziebland, Dr Lucy Chappell (Kings College London). 

Caitlin Pilbeam
Living whilst dying: exploring a life worth living with heart failure
Supervisors: Professor Trish GreenhalghDr Caroline Potter (School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography)

Jessica Price
A comparison of the epidemiology of in-hospital and at-home childhood deaths in rural South Africa and suggested health systems interventions
Supervisors: Professor Anthony Harnden, Dr Merlin Willcox (University of Southampton)Dr Kathleen Kahn (WITS University)

Georgia Richards
Optimising the prescribing of analgesics: an evidence-based approach to reduce inappropriate prescribing
Supervisors: Professor Carl Heneghan, Dr Kamal MahtaniDr Ben Goldacre

Markus Schichtel
Optimising the implementation of advance care planning in heart failure
Supervisors: Professor Rafael Perera, Professor Bee Wee, Dr John MacArtney 

Julian Treadwell

Improving GPs' knowledge of benefits and harms of treatments to support decision making in multimorbidity: qualitative research and co-design

Supervisors: Professor Trish GreenhalghDr Kamal Mahtani, Dr Joanna Crocker, Professor Gina Neff (OII)

Jacqueline Walumbe

Supporting successful self-management strategies for people living with chronic pain who have been excluded from pain programmes

Supervisors: Dr Sara ShawProfessor Alan Silman (NDORMS)

William Warr

Implementation of obesity treatments into primary care

Supervisors: Professor Richard HobbsProfessor Sue ZieblandProfessor Paul AveyardDr Kate TudorProfessor John Bell (MSD)Professor Robbie Foy (University of Leeds)

Helene-Mari van der Westhuizen

Translating policy into practice: reducing nosocomial Tuberculosis transmission in South Africa

Supervisors: Professor Chris ButlerDr Sarah Tonkin-Crine