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, University of Oxford.

The Ludwig Oxford student community is thriving, comprising approximately 40 DPhil, Masters and visiting students. Monthly journal clubs organised by the Director of Graduate Studies, Sarah De Val, and Francesco Boccellato are very well attended and give rise to many stimulating scientific discussions.

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-funded 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. The closing date for applications is 12 noon UK time on 8th January 2021. Interviews will take place in February 2021. For more information on the projects and how to apply, see the CRUK Oxford Centre website.


The following projects with Ludwig Oxford supervisors are available:

  • Molecular understanding of patient responses to immunotherapy in gastrointestinal tract cancers– Professor Xin Lu
  • Targeting epigenetic regulators to improve tumour responses to immunotherapy - Professor Yang Shi
  • Evaluating the roles of the AHR in melanoma: melanin sensing and regulating the melanoma microenvironment - Dr Pedro Moura Alves
  • Modelling cancer stem cell dormancy using organoids and advanced 3D culture models - Dr Francesco Boccellato

NDM prize studentship competition

This competition annually funds outstanding candidates of any nationality, providing fees and an annual tax free stipend of £18,000. For information on how to make an application please visit the NDM website. The closing date for applications for 2021 entry is 8th January 2021.

The following projects with Ludwig Oxford supervisors are available:

Ludwig Studentships

Ludwig studentships provide an annual tax free stipend of £18,000 and fees at the home/ROI rate only. Ludwig studentships are advertised at any point in the academic year - check this page for available opportunities.

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.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have achieved a first class or 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 UK NAIRC 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.

Further information

For detailed guides and advice on University courses and how to apply, visit the University of Oxford graduate admissions guide.