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Postdoctoral positions will be announced here when open.


Interested in a PhD? You can join our lab by applying to:

  1. Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics, University of Oxford
  2. Wellcome Trust
  3. Doctoral Training Centre

Learn more about the application procedures and requirements below.


1. DPAG application – Course code: RD_PYAG1

Visit the Department for Physiology Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG) program website for more information. Applicants will usually already know what lab they want to join. They submit a research proposal and will have to interview before the department committee to be accepted.

Deadline: Early January (8th January 2018)

Documents needed:

  • Research Proposal (up to 2000 words)
  • Three Academic References
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae

(check complete list in the online system)

Interview: if you are shortlisted, there is an interview (in 2017 it could be done via Skype, but travel cost will be reimbursed – up to £300 in 2017, and it is advised to come in person) typically with a 5 minute presentation about a previous work.


2. Wellcome Trust application – Course code: TM_NS6A1

This is one of the most competitive programs to get into at the University of Oxford. There are generally about 60+ applicants for any funded position, but applicants with a background in the physical sciences generally fare well. The Wellcome Program accepts about 5-8 funded students each year, with no preference for nationality or overseas status.

Applicants will not be expected to know what lab they want to join. They submit a statement of interest and will have to interview before a selection committee. Accepted students will do two lab rotations in labs of their choice throughout their first year and make a decision of where to do their DPhil at the end of their MSc.

Deadline: Early January (8th January 2018)

Documents needed:

  • Statement of Interest (maximum 1000 words)
  • Three academic references
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae

(check complete list in the online system)

Interview: If you are shortlisted, the interview has to be in person. It lasts 30 minutes and you might have to give 10 minute presentation about a previous or current research project.

They will reimburse most of the travel costs. (The amount varies by country of residence and amounted to up to GBP600 in 2017)

**Note for overseas (i.e. Not UK or EU) check funding details: they do not cover Overseas rate University fees, so if you do not get an award from the university you might have to pay the difference (about £10,000 per year).


3. Doctoral Training centre (DTC) applications – Course codes: 18SABSCDT, R5_1, R2_1

You can also apply to the DTCs (funding only available for UK/EU applicants). The DTC provides 6 months of taught courses on a variety of topics such as Biology, Maths, and Computer Science (this is not an MSc course). Following this, you typically undertake 2 three month research projects in 2 labs of your choice (you choose these labs during your first 6 months on the course). After the first year, you then start your PhD research in a lab of your choice (typically one of the labs you did a short project in). Appropriate DTCs to apply for are:

Deadline: Late January (19th January 2018 and 9th March) (although there are sometimes additional deadlines set in the Spring).

Before submitting an application, you are requested to submit your Curriculum Vitae to the program administrator to assess your suitability for the course.

Documents needed:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement (500 words)
  • Three Academic References

(check complete list in the online system)

Interview: If you are shortlisted, interviews are typically in person and they last about 30 minutes.


Additional information on various topics

English Requirements

You only need to worry about this if you are not from an English-speaking country. Even if you are not, there are circumstances where you can get this requirement waived (e.g. you have studied in an English-speaking country before).

All these applications require a higher level. But if you miss out by just a few points, you might get a waiver, send a message to the responsible secretary to talk about it.

Additional funding resources: