Prospective Graduate Students

The Dunn School is a dynamic and growing Department located in the South Parks Road Science Area in the heart of Oxford. The Department provides an outstanding environment for undertaking a DPhil, which is the University of Oxford’s equivalent of a PhD.

We admit up to 16 students each year into our DPhil on Molecular Cell Biology in Health and Disease programme. These students go directly into their main supervisor's laboratory at the beginning of their first year, and start their main project right away.

Students can also work in this Department if they are accepted on other DPhil/PhD programmes. These include structured DPhil/PhD programmes in which students rotate through 2 or more laboratories in their first year before choosing the main supervisor/project.

Altogether we have around 70 DPhil students at any one time, with the majority from outside the UK. After completing their D.Phil. international students are entitled to remain in the UK for a further 3 years on a flexible Graduate Visa.

As a graduate student at the Dunn School you will be guided by a team that includes your main supervisor, as well as a co-supervisor/graduate advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Anton van der Merwe. Your graduate advisor will be another experienced Group Leader in the Department. You will also be supported by Lucinda Risius, the Graduate Studies Administrator. Your supervisor may also appoint a senior member of their laboratory to provide day-to-day support at the bench.