Information about postgraduate study
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.
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:
- Wellcome Trust
- British Heart Foundation
- Diabetes UK
- Cancer Research UK
- Stroke Association
- National Institute for Health Research
- Medical Research Council
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.
Using conversation analysis to evaluate and design a brief weight loss intervention in primary care
Supervisors: Professor Paul Aveyard, Professor Sue Ziebland, Dr Liz Stokoe (Loughborough University)
Understanding ‘Pre-Diabetes’ From The Patient’s Perspective. A mixed-methods qualitative study to improve the success of diabetes prevention strategies
Using Audit and Feedback to Create Positive Change in Clinical Trials Transparency
Point-of-care viral load testing and mHealth adherence support to enhance primary care HIV services in South Africa
Estimating the burden of complication from common gastrointestinal infections and remediable factors that contribute to this burden
Supervisors: Professor Rafael Perera, Dr Thomas Fanshawe, Professor Noel McCarthy (Warwick Medical School), Dr Mara Violato (NDPH)
Development and feasibility testing of an intervention to support people to lose weight through daily weighing.
Supervisors: Professor Paul Aveyard, Professor Susan Jebb, Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce
Pathway of Patients Diagnosed with Heart Failure in Primary Care
Towards a framework for the incorporation of Big Data throughout the NHS primary care commissioning cycle: a realist synthesis and evaluation
Self-management and self-testing of blood pressure and proteinuria during hypertensive pregnancy
Reducing stroke risk for patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation in primary care
The Operational and Clinical Impact of Regulatory Change on Pharmacy Practice: The Implementation of the European Union Falsified Medicines Directive in the United Kingdom
Hybrid managers in primary health care: balancing excellence and effectiveness
Supervisors: Professor Trish Greenhalgh
Targeted prevention and management of cardiovascular risk in low and middle income countries; an implementation intervention for cardiovascular risk scoring in Kenya
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)
Living whilst dying: exploring a life worth living with heart failure
Supervisors: Professor Trish Greenhalgh, Dr Caroline Potter (School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography)
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)
Improving GPs' knowledge of benefits and harms of treatments to support decision making in multimorbidity: qualitative research and co-design
Supporting successful self-management strategies for people living with chronic pain who have been excluded from pain programmes
Implementation of obesity treatments into primary care
Translating policy into practice: reducing nosocomial Tuberculosis transmission in South Africa