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There has been a University in Oxford for something like 900 years and yet it remains at the forefront of modern scientific teaching and research.  Each year, hundreds of graduate students come to the University for further study.  The Nuffield Department of Medicine 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. Our prize studentships cover four years of doctoral training fees and an annual tax free stipend and with outposts in Thailand, Vietnam and Kenya our students receive truly global training.  Have a look at our graduate studies website to see what we can offer you and hear from our students about why the Nuffield Department of Medicine is such a great place to study.

Professor Rob Gilbert:

Oxford is a very international city and a very international University and one of the lovely things about attracting students to our groups from all over the world is that they create that international atmosphere and that atmosphere of excellence in which we are all striving together to achieve new insights in science and in medicine.

DPhil student 1:

What I would say to someone who is applying for a DPhil project, talk to your supervisor and take a look at other research out in the field and especially read some papers that your potential supervisor has published.

DPhil student 2:

I think that doing a DPhil can be really challenging but really rewarding and because it’s very challenging, I think it is important that you are in a good state before you actually start. Because of this, my advice for somebody considering applying for a DPhil would be to make sure that your background knowledge is up to scratch.  Do as much reading as you can.  If you are already in the field, attend conferences and, if at all possible, try to speak to your supervisor or your potential supervisor before starting.

DPhil student 1:

I really think about how his or her research fits into the general field that you are interested in and really make sure that you get to kind of know your supervisor personally a little bit before you sign for the project because supervisors can be very, very different and some may suit you very well and some may suit you very not so I think it’s kind of important to figure out what kind of supervisor your supervisor is before you get supervised by them.

Professor Rob Gilbert:

The great advantage for a supervisor within the department attracting a graduate student is that they will obtain somebody, they will get somebody to work in their group who is extremely optimistic, outward looking and has been very well trained in the institution that they come from.  We often find that graduate students make the most interesting contributions and can really advance our work in new directions, partly because they are willing to take risks and also of course because we are going to do our best to support them and so students going through our groups often get very good papers out of it and can move on to great new positions themselves.