Studentship Competition now closed for Oct 2020 APPLICATIONS

The Department offers generous four-year studentships which cover full fees, pay a tax-free stipend of ~£17,000 pa, and provide £5,300 pa for research and travel costs.

The studentships are funded through various sources including the UK Medical Research Council, Oxford EPA Graduate Scholarships, the Clarendon Fund, and Oxford Colleges.

Successful applicants can start in their supervisor's laboratory immediately and so have a full four years to work on their main research project.

Individuals of all nationalities are welcome to apply. Awards made to EU applicants will not be affected by Brexit. 

Application Guidance - STUDENTSHIP APPLICATIONS NO LONGER ACCEPTED FOR OCT 2020  (Applications for admission in Oct 2020 are still possible within the Open Field period for students with alternative funding). 

All applications will need to be made ONLINE. 

Applications for entry in October 2020 must be submitted before 12 noon, 10th January 2020. Applicants must be available for interview from 27-29 January 2020.

Applicants can obtain a fee waiver if they apply to certain other linked Oxford programmes.

Applicants can select up to two supervisors/projects from the list below. We do advise students to make two choices if possible. Please put both projects/names in the appropriate text box on the application form. It is not necessary to make contact with a supervisor before submitting an application, although you may do so if you wish.

The documents you will be asked to submit with your application include:

  • A personal statement of up to 500 words, including an explanation of your choices of project(s)/supervisor(s)
  • CV (including your final school year results - A level or equivalent)

  • Contact details of three academic referees

  • Transcripts detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date

    A research proposal is not required

The details required for completing the applications include: Course name DPhil in Molecular Cell Biology in Health and Disease; Course Code RD_PA2; Mode of Study Full time; Department Pathology; Advertised reference code: path20

Please make a college choice. Do not submit an open college application. We have close links with Lincoln and St Edmund Hall.  If you want any advice please contact us.

Minimum academic standard required

See 'Entry requirements' here

Proficiency in English

If English is not your first language you will be required to supply test certificates stating that your proficiency in English achieves a minimum score. Full details of the test certificates accepted and the score level required can be found in the Application Guide. This Department requires the standard level score.

You do not need to have met this requirement in order to submit an application, but you will be required to meet it before you can be accepted.

Candidates for whom English is not their first language but who are fluent in English, can request a waiver from this requirement at the time of application. Waivers may be granted if the candidate has been educated at an English-medium University for at least three years and shows clear evidence of fluency in submitted written work and at interview.


Dragana Ahel  Molecular mechanisms of genome stability and cancer

Ivan Ahel  Regulation of genome stability and human disease

Alberto Baena Lopez  Development and validation of new tools to dissect the molecular functions of caspases in non-apoptotic scenarios

Pedro Carvalho  Mechanisms controlling organelle dynamics and quality control

Omer Dushek  Control of T cell activation by accessory receptors

Fumiko Esashi  Homologous recombination: when, where and how does it act?­

Ervin Fodor  Molecular mechanisms of influenza virus replication ​

Matthew Freeman  Rhomboid-like proteins and the cell biology of signalling

David Greaves  Anti-inflammatory actions of metabolites on macrophages and microglia

Natalia Gromak Unusual RNA/DNA structures in health and disease

Ulrike Gruneberg  Safe-guarding genome integrity during cell division

Monika Gullerova  Intronic gene silencing: new mechanism of gene expression regulation and its relevance to cancer

William James Exploring Parkinson’s related gene function in hiPS-macrophages and microglia

Susan Lea Structure/function studies of bacterial motility and secretion machines

Chris Norbury & Shona Murphy  The role of cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) in transcription and cell cycle control

Nicholas Proudfoot  Stopping transcription at the end of mammalian protein coding genes: How is this achieved and why does this matter

Jordan Raff  A molecular analysis of centrioles, centrosomes and cilia

Elizabeth Robertson  Developmentally regulated expression of the transcription factor PRDM1 in the mouse

Quentin Sattentau  New approaches to glycan-based viral vaccine design

Sumana Sanyal*  Flaviviral manipulation of autophagy for biogenesis and evasion of host immune responses

Christoph Tang The maintenance of virulence and antimicrobial resistance in Shigella 

*to join Department in Jan 2020