The Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford

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. This programme focuses on expanding scientific knowledge, with a particular emphasis on therapies involving drug discovery or action and therapies used in combination with radiotherapy.

The DPhil in Oncology is a 3 to 4 year full time programme, built around a specific research project. You will be admitted directly to a particular research area within a research group or laboratory led by a Principal Investigator, who will be formally appointed as your DPhil supervisor. Projects available for the next academic year are listed on the Department of Oncology website.

Before you apply you should consider the various projects on offer and reach out to the named supervisors to discuss the project. If you cannot see any projects which interest you on the lst provided, you are welcome to contact other potential supervisors in the Department of Oncology to investigate the possibility of developing a project with them. You can refer to the list of research groups on the Department's website, to identify areas of research that interest you. You should then contact potential supervisors to discuss the availability of research projects. Please note that not all PIs will have the capacity to take on students every year.


While some of the projects we advertise will have their own funding specific to that project, the majority are competition funded. This means that successful applicants will be put forward for funding for the project they have applied to, but they will be in competition with other students for a small number of studentships. If you are not successful in getting a funded studentship, you will still be able to take up your place on the DPhil in Oncology, but you would need to source your own funding to cover your tuition fees and living expenses.

Entry Requirements and How to Apply

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in a biological, medical, chemical, mathematical or physical science (as appropriate for the project applied to) or the international equivalent. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0. However, entrance is highly competitive and most successful applicants have a first-class degree or the equivalent. A previous master's degree is not required, but is an advantage.

To apply you will need to provide details of your proposed project and supervisor, transcripts from your previous degree level qualifications and a statement of purpose. You will be asked to fill out a template CV/résumé and you will also need to provide details of three people who have agreed to provide a reference for you.

The application deadline for entry in October 2024 is 12pm (midday) GMT on Friday 1st December 2023..

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