Studying at Ludwig Oxford
Ludwig Cancer Research annually seeks to recruit exceptional students to join its 4 year DPhil (PhD) Programme. Students have the opportunity to contribute to our ground breaking research within a diverse and world-leading environment at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine (NDM), University of Oxford.
The Ludwig Oxford student community is thriving, comprising approximately 40 DPhil, Masters and visiting students. Students have the opportunity to participate in a rich programme of seminars with internal and world-class external speakers hosted by Ludwig Oxford, in addition to the wide range of seminars available within the University of Oxford. Monthly journal clubs organised by Parinaz Mehdipour are very well attended and give rise to many stimulating scientific discussions.
Graduate studies in the Nuffield Department of Medicine
Ludwig Oxford is based within the Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM). NDM at Oxford hosts one of the largest groups of biomedical researchers within any higher education institution, with graduate training in subjects as diverse as cancer biology, protein science, genetics, tropical medicine and many more. Learn more about graduate studies in NDM on the NDM graduate studies webpages.
Applicants are required to have achieved a first class or a strong upper second class undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. A masters degree is not required. For applicants for applicants from the USA the minimum requirement is a GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0. To check the UK equivalent of Non British qualifications please visit the University of Oxford International Qualifications website.
Evidence of fluency in the English language will need to be provided for students for whom English is not their first language. Further information on language requirements can be found on the NDM website.
Funding & fees
To carry out a DPhil at Ludwig Cancer Research, students will need to secure funding for their University and College fees and living expenses through one of the following routes:
DPhil in Cancer Science
This Cancer Research UK programme is aimed at clinical trainees, medicine undergraduates and non-clinical researchers interested in cancer research projects. All places are fully funded at the home rate, including salary/stipend, University and College fees, and a research consumables budget. International candidates are eligible but will need to source funding to meet the remaining fees. For more information, see the Oxford Cancer website.
Applications for the DPhil in Cancer Science commencing in October 2022 have now closed. Check back here in Autumn 2022 for details of the next round of applications.
NDM prize studentship competition
This competition annually funds outstanding candidates of any nationality, providing course fees and an annual tax-free stipend of £18,000. For information on how to make an application please visit the NDM website. Applications for NDM Prize Studentships commencing in October 2022 have now closed. Check back here in Autumn 2022 for details of the next round of applications.
Ludwig studentships are 4 years and provide an annual tax-free stipend of £20,000 and fees at the home/ROI rate only*. International students with funding from an external body will be considered but not self-funded students. Further guidance on fees can be found on the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website.
The following DPhil in Clinical Medicine projects to commence in October 2022 are currently available for applications:
- Molecular mechanisms of action and basis of resistance to hypomethylating agents in cancer - Stefan Constantinescu and Skirmantas Kriaucionis *this project is available with fees at the international rate.
- Single Molecule-based Detection of Mutations in Non-clonal cells - Benjamin Schuster-Boeckler and Skirmantas Kriaucionis
- Why cell position matters in cancer: role of epigenetic factors - Richard White and Yang Shi
- Determining tumour state using DNA methylation - Skirmantas Kriaucionis, Chunxiao Song and Xin Lu
- Hypoxia signaling pathways and the developmental basis of tumours of the sympatho-adrenal system - Peter Ratcliffe, Tammie Bishop and Tom Keeley (application deadline 27th June 2022)
For information on entry requirements and how to apply for these projects please see the University of Oxford DPhil in Clinical Medicine website. In the section of the application form “Departmental Studentship Applications”, applicants will be asked whether they are applying for an advertised studentship. In this section please state “Yes” followed by “Ludwig”
Application deadline: 24th June 2022 (except where indicated).
The following DPhil in Mathematics project to commence in October 2022 is currently available for applications:
- Mathematical analysis and data integration for clinical trials - Heather Harrington, Helen Byrne and Xin Lu.
For information on entry requirements and how to apply for this project please see the University of Oxford DPhil in Mathematics website. Applications should be made online to the Mathematical Institute and should include a CV, cover letter (1 page), 2-3 reference letters, and transcript(s) of all previous degrees. In the section of the application form “Departmental Studentship Applications” applicants will be asked whether they are applying for an advertised studentship. In this section please state “Yes” followed by “22MATH02WEB”. Application deadline: 4th July 2022.
External funding sources
Applicants can also explore external funding sources including A*Star, CSC and Rhodes Fellowships amongst others. It will be important for applicants to check the application deadlines for these funding sources and to contact group leaders directly to discuss possible project opportunities. Any applicant securing external funding will also need to apply to the University of Oxford via the usual admissions process. The University of Oxford and Medical Science Division websites provide information on external sources of funding.
For detailed guides and advice on University courses and how to apply, visit the University of Oxford graduate admissions guide.