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Muscle biopsy under a microscope © Rob Judges / Oxford University Images

This three-year programme is tailored specifically to the needs of talented clinicians who aspire to a career in academic medicine or clinical psychology. The course is also known as the DPhil in Biomedical and Clinical Sciences programme.  Successful applicants will work towards a DPhil within one of three streams which are in basic sciences, mental and cognitive health, and translational/experimental medicine.

Read the full Doctoral Training Fellowship Scheme for Clinicians course information on the University of Oxford admissions website.  N.B. A list of supervisors that are affiliated with this programme can be found below, however please note this is not a definitive list - any suitably qualified MSD supervisor may supervise fellows on the programme.

Core funding for the programme is provided by the Wellcome Trust.  In 2020 we have five Wellcome Trust fellowships available which will cover University and college fees at the home/EU rate, a clinical salary, and a research consumables allowance of £15,000 per annum.

The UK government has confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in 2020/21 will continue to have ‘Home’ fee status and pay fees at the home rate for the duration of their course.  For more information please see

Kennedy Trust Fellowships 

Within the basic science and translational/experimental medicine streams The Kennedy Trust For Rheumatology Research will fund up to two posts per year for candidates wishing to explore research into diseases of the joints and related organs which include the processes of inflammation, damage and  repair.  While we are particularly keen for clinical rheumatologists to apply we are supportive of applicants from any medical or surgical discipline that have inflammation, damage and  repair as a key part of the pathogenic processes involved in their speciality.  

Examples would include gastroenterology, dermatology, respiratory medicine, cardiology, renal medicine, ophthalmology and hand and orthopaedic surgery. A key condition of the award will be the need for the candidates to perform their research based in the Kennedy Institute with a PI from the Kennedy and its affiliated researchers as one of their supervisors/sponsors.  A list of potential supervisors and their principal disease area of research can be found under Further Information.

Candidates must be medically or surgically qualified, with a strong academic record and evidence of interest in pursuing a research career (eg BSc or equivalent and/or research experience with publications).  It is envisaged that those appointed will have obtained MRCP or equivalent, but not CCT or consultant status. Candidates earlier in their training are encouraged to apply if they can show a strong prior academic background (for example graduate entry) and should have completed foundation year training and it would be preferential but not essential that they are eligible to undertake clinical practice in the UK. Therefore point of entry is flexible.  The overriding selection criterion will be the candidate’s excellence and potential as an academic clinician.  Preliminary enquiries to discuss individual circumstances are strongly encouraged by emailing



The following researchers are affiliated with this programme

Colin J Akerman

Professor of Neuroscience

Abtin Alvand

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery and Consultant Knee ...

Tal Arnon

Kennedy Trust of Rheumatology Research (KTRR) Senior Research Fellow

Frances Ashcroft

GlaxoSmithKline Royal Society Professor

Nicholas Athanasou

Professorship of Musculoskeletal Pathology

David Beard

Professor of Musculoskeletal and Surgical Science

Esther Becker

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

David Bennett

Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology

Paul Bowness

Professor of Experimental Rheumatology

Christopher Buckley

Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Director of Clinical Research

Francesca Buffa

Computational Biology and Integrative Genomics

Zameel Cader

Director of the Oxford Headache Centre and Director of StemBANCC

Andrew Carr

Head of Department

Alex Clarke

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow

Mark Coles

Kennedy Trust Senior Research Fellow

Gary Collins

Professor of Medical Statistics and Deputy Director of CSM

Cyrus Cooper

Professor of Musculoskeletal Science, University of Oxford

Matthew Costa

Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery

Cathy Creswell

Professor of Clinical Psychology

Kay Davies

Dr Lee's Professor of Anatomy

Lynn Dustin

Professor of Immunology and Virology

Michael Dustin

Professor of Immunology and Wellcome Principal Research Fellow, Director of ...

Claire Edwards

Associate Professor of Bone Oncology

Nigel Emptage

Head of Department

Russell Foster

Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and the Sleep and Circadian ...

Elaine Fox

Professor of Psychology & Affective Neuroscience

Daniel Freeman

Professor of Clinical Psychology

Sir Marc Feldmann FRS

Emeritus Professor

Lars Fugger

Professor of Neuroimmunology

Dominic Furniss

University Research Lecturer - Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowship

Antony Galione

Statutory Professor of Pharmacology

Siôn Glyn-Jones

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Philip Goulder

Professor of Immunology

Thibault Griseri

University Research Lecturer and Career Development Fellow

Ulrike Gruneberg

MRC Senior Research Fellow

Audrey Gérard

KTRR Senior Research Fellow

Mark Hankins

Professor of Visual Neuroscience

Maria Harkiolaki

Principal Beamline Scientist

Catherine Harmer

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Paul Harrison

Professor of Psychiatry

Bass Hassan

Professor of Medical Oncology

Georg Holländer

Hoffmann and Action Medical Research Professor of Developmental Medicine

Nicole Horwood

Associate Professor and ARUK Senior Research Fellow

Philippa Hulley

Associate Professor

Sarosh Irani

Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Neurologist

Yoshi Itoh

Associate Professor and Principal Investigator Cell Migration Group

Kassim Javaid

Associate Professor

Heidi Johansen-Berg

Director of the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging

Luke Jostins

Sir Henry Dale Fellow

Fredrik Karpe

Professor of Metabolic Medicine

Paul Klenerman

Sidney Truelove Professor of Gastroenterology

Anjali Kusumbe

Principal Investigator

Willem Kuyken

Sir John Ritblat Family Foundation Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological ...

Sarah Lamb

OCTRU Co-Director

Chris Lavy

Professor of Orthopaedic and Tropical Surgery and Consultant Orthopaedic and ...

Belinda Lennox

Associate Professor and Clinical Senior Lecturer

Kirsten Leyland

HONORARY Postdoctoral Epidemiologist

Ngee Han Lim

KTRR/ARUK Research Fellow & NDORMS Undergraduate Research Coordinator

Victoria Bajo Lorenzana

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Raashid Luqmani

Professor of Rheumatology

Robert MacLaren

Professor of Ophthalmology

Peter J. Magill

MRC Programme Leader

Kim Midwood

Professor of Matrix Biology

Jelena Bezbradica Mirkovic

KTRR Senior Research Fellow

Claudia Monaco

Professor of Cardiovascular Inflammation

Chris Murphy

Associate Professor & Kennedy Director of Graduate Studies

David Murray

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Hideaki Nagase

Emeritus Professor

Jagdeep Nanchahal

Professor of Hand, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Julia Newton

Consultant Rheumatologist

Charles Newton

Cheryl & Reece Scott Professor of Psychiatry

Udo Oppermann

Professor of Molecular Biology

Antony Palmer

NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer

Rebecca Park

Associate Professor and Consultant Psychiatrist

Kyle Pattinson

Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Andrew Pollard

Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity

Fiona Powrie FRS

Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences and Director of the Kennedy Institute

Andrew Price

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Daniel Prieto-Alhambra

Professor of Pharmaco- and Device Epidemiology

Amar Rangan

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Jonathan Rees

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Science

Paul Riley

BHF Professor of Regenerative Medicine & Chair of Development and Cell Biology

Peter Robbins

Professor of Physiology

Irene Roberts

Professor of Paediatric Haematology

Jeremy Saklatvala

Emeritus Professor

Paul Salkovskis


Stephen Sansom

Group Leader in Computational and Single Cell Genomics

Michael Sharpe

Professor of Psychological Medicine

Jonathan Sherlock

Honorary Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Alan Silman

Professor of Musculoskeletal Health

Anna Katharina (Katja) A Simon

Professor of Immunology

Rebeccah Slater

Professor of Paediatric Neuroscience

Matthew Snape

Associate Professor in Paediatrics and Vaccinology

Charlotte Stagg

Professor of Human Neurophysiology

Alan Stein

Head of Section, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Kevin Talbot

Head of Clinical Neurology and Professor of Motor Neuron Biology

Peter Taylor

Norman Collisson Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences

George Tofaris

Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant ...

Irene Tracey

Nuffield Chair in Anaesthetic Science

Linda Troeberg

University Research Lecturer

Elizabeth Tunbridge

Royal Society Research Fellow

Martin Turner

Professor of Clinical Neurology & Neuroscience

Irina Udalova

Professor of Molecular Immunology

Holm Uhlig

Professor of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Group Head / PI and Hon Consultant ...

Patrick Venables

Emeritus Professor

Tonia Vincent

Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology

Vladyslav Vyazovskiy

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Richard Wade-Martins

Professor of Molecular Neuroscience

Angus Wann

KTRR/ARUK Research Fellow

Kate Watkins

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Fiona Watt

University Research Lecturer

Richard Williams

Associate Professor

Matthew Wood

Professor of Neuroscience

Paul Wordsworth

Professor of Rheumatology

Application Deadline

Open to applications for 2020-21 entry.  The deadline for applications is 12:00 midday UK time on Friday 10 January 2020.

Supported by

  • Wellcome Trust (primary funding body)
  • The Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research
  • NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre

Further Information