What will I learn?

About the course

As a DPhil in Molecular and Cellular Medicine student you will spend up to four years (eight years for part-time students) in one of the department's many research groups, working on a project supervised by the group's principal investigator. You will take part in the extensive training programme specifically organised for graduate students within the department.

The NDORMS department aims to discover the causes of musculoskeletal and inflammatory conditions to deliver excellent and innovative care that improves people’s quality of life. The department consists of three different centres/institutes, the Botnar Research Centre, the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and the Kadoorie Centre containing a number of world leading research units. There are two separate graduate programs one for the Botnar and Kadoorie institutes and one for the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology each with different entry requirements and application procedures.


Your progress will be monitored and assessed regularly via.

completion of a termly report by you and your supervisors through Graduate Supervision Reporting (GSR);
completion of a 5,000-word transfer report and viva before the end of the fourth term (eight term for part-time students);
completion of a 3,000-word literature review by the end of the seventh term (students based in the Kennedy Institute only – 14th term for part-time students);
confirmation of your status, by viva and presentation, before the end of the ninth term (18th term for part-time students); and
submission of your DPhil thesis (the final stage), which will be assessed by viva at the end of your twelfth term (24th term for part-time students).

Stages 2, 4 and 5 will be assessed by independent senior academics.

Graduate destinations

The department follows alumni to establish the career paths of graduates. The majority of graduating students go on to pursue research careers in academic institutions or industry. Graduates also pursue careers in management, consulting, teaching, with science funding organisations, charities, and in scientific publishing/editing. A number of graduates have set up their own businesses (eg in editing).

Which department am I in?

University of Oxford

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£27,460.00 (US$ 36,613) per year
Course fees are payable each year, for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay course fees). For courses lasting longer than one year, please be aware that fees will usually increase annually.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected October 2022


University of Oxford

University Offices,

Wellington Square,



OX1 2JD, England

Entry requirements

For international students

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications. a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in biological sciences and/or related topics. The department also considers applicants from medically qualified individuals. In special circumstances, applications from other medically related subjects (eg nurses, and/or allied health professionals) will be considered for the DPhil. If you believe you fall into this category, please contact the Graduate Studies Officer. You do not need to have a previous master's degree to be considered for this DPhil. In exceptional circumstances, an applicant could be considered if they have substantial professional experience in a related field. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0. Applicants need to have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 per component; TOEFL iBT score of 100 with a minimum component score of 22 in listening, 24 in reading, 24 in writing and 25 in speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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