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DPAG has an international reputation in key areas of biomedical research as illustrated in the Research Themes. It is the largest pre-clinical department in the University of Oxford and additionally holds a vast research grant income.

Your research will be conducted at Oxford under the supervision of academic staff who are at the forefront of developments in your chosen research project area. You will explore your research subject area to new depths and have the opportunity to present your findings to members of the international scientific community with whom, one day, you may collaborate with. At the end of your study with us you will produce a doctoral thesis that represents a significant advance in the field. You will have become a world expert in your research area, and you will have demonstrated that you are an original and creative thinker capable of independent scientific work at a very high level.

The Department aims to advance understanding of medical conditions at the basic level and apply this knowledge to clinical care while being equally committed to training the next generation of scientists in biological and clinical science by offering applicants, of all nationalities, the opportunity to enter a Departmental/Divisional funding competition. All successful candidates awarded funded places will have been assessed purely on the basis of excellence appropriate to their intended research path.

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You are advised to make enquiries a year prior to intended entry. We strongly encourage you to look at our Research pages to identify areas of interest to you and then directly contact the Principal Investigator (Group Leader) to discuss possibilities of joining them. This should be addressed before you submit your application to the University. Selection of the correct research area programme code is crucially important.

The main application deadline will be Friday 11th January 2019 12 noon GMT for entry in October 2019. Students who wish to be considered for funding, must apply by this date in order to be entered in the Divisional & Departmental funding competition in 2019.

Applications for divisional funding must have an agreed supervisor in order to be considered at that deadline. 

The Divisional & Departmental funding competition for 2018 entry is now closed.

Later applications (outside the Divisional and Departmental funding competition) for October 2018 entry, may be submitted up to the closing date of 9th March 2018

Subject to available places, the application portal will re-open on 1 May 2018. However, you are encouraged to contact us first.

International students must allow time for obtaining a visa and an ATAS prior to starting a course.

DEADLINES

The Graduate School funding competition application deadline is now closed for 2018 entry.

Course Codes

DPHIL COURSE CODE: RD_PYAG1

MScR COURSE CODE: RM_PYAG1