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There are currently no departmental scholarships, but any funded studentships will be advertised on the ‘Find a Project’ page. For University or external scholarships, please see the University’s ‘Scholarship Search’.

Yes. Our students have been successful in obtaining funding from prestigious schemes including the Rhodes Foundation and Clarendon Fund.

You will need to cover college fees, accommodation and normal living expenses. For the 2017-18 academic year, the range of likely living costs is between £1,002 and £1,471 for each month spent in Oxford.


No, but you should have an idea about possible sources of funding that you might apply to. If you apply by the January deadline, you will automatically be considered for the Medical Sciences Division funding competition, but you should note that this is very competitive. Your place will be conditional on being able to provide evidence that you can cover fees and living costs for your first year, and having funding for any subsequent years. 

You need to show that you have funding to cover you for the duration of the course. If you have only two years of funding, one option is to start on an MSc by Research, and transfer to a DPhil if you find further funding at a later date. 


Yes. If we offer you a place on the course it will be conditional on you providing us with the confirmation of a degree result at an appropriate standard by a specified date. If you fail to do this, the offer will be revoked. 

If you would like to be considered in the Medical Sciences Division funding competition, you must apply by the early January deadline. Later applications will be considered for entry, but you should apply as early as possible to maximise the chance of finding a college place. 

Admissions criteria

You will need at least an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject graded at either a first or upper second class according to UK classification, or overseas equivalent. 

It is compulsory. If your degree is not of an appropriate standard then we cannot offer you a place on the course. 

Please contact, as we have databases to compare international degrees to the grading system used within the UK.

Yes. English language qualifications MUST have been taken within two years of the start date of your course. 

You MUST have the standard level of ability in English, as your instruction and thesis will be written in English. 

Yes. You do not need to submit an English language test result with your application. Any offer made will be conditional on supplying test results for the required level of English by a specified date.

If your first language is not English (or you are not a national of a majority-English speaking country as recognised by UK Visas and Immigration) you will need to provide evidence that you have reached the relevant standard of English. 

No, unfortunately we do not offer this course part-time.