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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 Francesco Boccellato 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.

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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.

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 3rd December 2021. Interviews will take place in January-February 2022. For more information and how to apply, see the Oxford Cancer website.

The following projects with Ludwig Oxford supervisors are available:

  • Understanding the role of infection in responses to cancer immunotherapy, using single cell approaches – Professor Xin Lu
  • Common pathways for regulating viral and episomal DNA transcription provide new approaches to treat cancer - Professor Skirmantas Kriaucionis
  • Multimodal cell-free DNA epigenetic sequencing for early detection of pancreatic cancer - Dr Chunxiao Song
  • 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 course 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 2022 entry is 3rd December 2021, with interviews on 17-19th January 2022.

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.

Further information

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

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