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NDORMS DPhil & MSc by Research


We welcome over 20 graduate students each year, 6 of whom are on Kennedy Trust Prize Studentships. Currently, we have around 80 students in the department, supported by a range of funding streams and programmes.

1. Medical Sciences Division Doctoral Competition

To be considered for full funding, candidates applying to start a programme from October 2016 must submit their University application(s) for the programme(s) they wish to be considered for by 12 noon (UK time) on Friday 8 January 2016

Candidates will automatically be considered for full funding from a number of sources including the Wellcome Trust, MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, CR-UK, British Heart Foundation, the Clarendon Fund, Oxford Colleges, and numerous charitable sources.

Find out more here.

2. Other funded programmes

It is possible to become a DPhil student in NDORMS through admittance via other funded programmes, including:

  • Henni Mester Studentship in Orthopaedics or Rheumatology (Nuffield Dept of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences)

    A fully-funded Henni Mester studentship is available to an outstanding candidate who applies for DPhil study in the area of arthritis or rheumatism within the Nuffield Dept of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) for entry in October 2016. 3.5 years of full funding is available in partnership with the NDORMS annual studentship funding competition. The studentship is open to Home/EU students and does not require an additional explicit application (although when making their online Oxford application, candidates must either list University College as their preferred college, or be willing to migrate colleges to take up the award). Students should apply by the University's main online application deadline of noon on 8 January 2016.

3. Direct Applications

Exceptionally, students can also approach individual supervisors directly at other times during the year. If you are not applying for a funded programme, you will need to have funds for the University fees and your living costs. The selection criteria remain the same as for funded programmes. 

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