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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 8th January 2018).

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 Research Council rate (currently £14,553 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 Division; applicants are therefore also encouraged to consider alternative sources of funding such as those identified on the main University Funding site here.

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.

Please click through the individual links in the list below to find more detailed information about each opportunity.


Engaging Community Pharmacists with Antibiotic Stewardship (Medical Research Foundation)

Antibiotic stewardship (AMS) aims to improve antibiotics use and so is fundamentally a human behaviour change issue. Community pharmacists are a common first point of contact for health services by the public and staff often communicate with patients about symptomatic medicines and antibiotic prescriptions. It remains unclear how interactions between community pharmacy staff and the public may be enhanced to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use, and enhance patient self-care. This research will develop a deeper understanding, and then an intervention, to enhance AMS in the community pharmacy setting.

Main supervisorProf Christopher Butler, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

Co-supervisors: Dr Monsey McLeod, Dept. Medicine, Imperial College London and Dr Sarah Tonkin-Crine, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

Click here for further information about this fully funded studentship


Naji DPhil Scholarship in Evidence-Based Medicine 

This full-time DPhil studentship will be supervised by Professor Carl Heneghan, Director of CEBM and Dr Ben Goldacre Director of the EBM Datalab.

This award will cover tuition and college fees (up to Home/EU level) and provide a bursary to support the student.

The deadline for applications for this studentship is 12:00 noon on Tuesday October 31st 2017 and successful applicants will be expected to start in the programme in January 2018

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These 3 year awards are offered in a national competition at all nine Universities within the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. This award is available for a DPhil undertaken in any non-clinical research area in The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

The application deadline for this opportunity is 12:00 noon on Monday 8th January 2018.

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