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Radiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Oxford

We have 4 Radiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Oxford

A PhD in Radiology is a highly specialised degree, giving you the chance to lead your own research project that will further our current understanding of imaging to diagnose and treat diseases. Whether you are researching improved breast imaging to detect early cancer signs, pushing the boundaries of MRI and its application to biomedical research, or assessing novel imaging biomarkers in brain tumours, you will be aiming to improve the lives of millions of people around the globe.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Radiology?

Doing a PhD in Radiology, you will become proficient in the skills necessary to contribute to a research portfolio which spans all areas of imaging. You will work with your supervisor, university and NHS specialists in their research area and learn how to use MRI, CT and mammography machines and broaden your understanding of radiological physics.

Some typical research topics in Radiology include:

  • imaging in oncology
  • breast imaging and neuroradiology
  • medical image reconstruction
  • designing deep learning algorithms for inverse problems in imaging

Typical Radiology PhD research projects take between three and four years to complete. As well as undertaking research training within your department, you will also attend external meetings and conferences and may be submitting research posters as your research develops. You will be expected to attend lectures, help with patient trials, and even do foundational procedures such as sampling if you have the required training.

To be awarded your PhD, you must submit a thesis of about 60,000 words and defend it during your viva exam.

PhD in Radiology entry requirements

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Radiology usually involves a Bachelors and a Masters degree in a related subject. You will also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans. You may also need some professional experience in Radiology, depending on the programme. 

PhD in Radiology funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Radiology are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) or Medical Research Council (MRC) who provide a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding or apply for a project that already has funding attached.  

It is also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Radiology (although this cannot be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.

If you are considering a part-time PhD in Radiology, it may also be worth asking your employer if they are happy to sponsor you.   

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Utilising administrative data to inform FIT-guided suspected colorectal cancer referrals of symptomatic patients

Commercial partner: Alpha Laboratories Ltd. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third leading cause of cancer death worldwide. In the UK, around 43,000 new CRC cases are recorded annually, and its comparatively high incidence and mortality represent a considerable public health burden. Read more

Development of a semi-automated CT-brain analysis tool for application to real world clinical cohorts

Commercial partner: Brainomix, Oxford. Background. CT-brain imaging is the standard brain imaging modality used in the NHS and globally and is cheaper and better tolerated than MRI particularly in older, frail, multimorbid patients in whom MRI may be contraindicated. Read more

The Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford

The Department of Oncology employs multidisciplinary approaches from physics, biology, chemistry and mathematical modelling to investigate DNA biology and epigenetics, cell and environmental biology of tumour tissue, and both systemic and local immunological responses in cancer. Read more

Technological advancements in radiotherapy leading to dose delivery via FLASH

Over 25% of cancer patients in the UK receive radiotherapy, often delivered in multiple fractions over several weeks. This project seeks to improve radiotherapy treatment options through novel dose delivery, culminating in photon FLASH radiotherapy. Read more
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