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Graduate Studies Committee


Tel: +44 (0) 1865 618209

The DPhil at Oxford has few taught courses, and starts from the outset with expecting a high degree of independence from its graduate students

We participate in the Programmes of the Medical Sciences Graduate School.    

The Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) and Master of Science by Research (MSc Research) at Oxford have few taught courses, and start from the outset expecting a high degree of independence from its graduate students. Our entry requirements do not specify degree subjects but most research degrees require a background in medicine, psychology or a biological science. We require an Upper Second Class (or equivalent) Batchelor's degree.  Before completing an online application we recommend that you identify a potential supervisor in your area of interest and then contact them directly to discuss possible topics for research. A list of potential supervisors can be found below. They will be happy to discuss your research ideas and indicate whether they are likely to be taking on graduate students next year, as well as giving details of any funds that are available to support you.    

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon UK time (midday) on 8th January 2018.  After this deadline has passed, please contact potential supervisors to ask whether they still have places available. You can find information about the admission process, as well as answers to any other questions you may have here.   

STUDENTSHIPS - 2018 - We have some full-studentships that cover university and college fees, as well as living costs. These are funded by a number of bodies including the Medical Research Council, Clarendon Funds and University Colleges and will be awarded on a competitive basis.     

 Departmental DPhil Studentships here - closing date has now passed    

                For information on scholarships and funding go here.          

 For some examples of possible research projects starting 2018 go here.    

 Please contact Tracy Lindsey for further advice and details of whom to contact to discuss outline proposals.


Deadline for Applications

12.00 noon (midday) UK Time

on Monday 8th January 2018


DPhil in Psychiatry

RD_PV1 (Full Time)

RD_PV9P1 (Part Time)

MSc by Research in Psychiatry

RM_PV1 (Full Time)

RM_PV9P1 (Part Time)


  1. Choose a Programme
  2. Consult a Supervisor
  3. Apply for Funding



The University Graduate Studies Prospectus:


Possibility for study in related themes:

Medical Sciences Graduate School