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Microscope in the laboratory © Medical Sciences Division

The programme trains you in a range of multidisciplinary approaches and embraces all aspects of ion channel and membrane transport research from protein structure, genetics and cell physiology to animal behaviour and human disease.  The first year is devoted to taught courses and two rotation-projects. This is followed by a three-year research project involving two different OXION groups.

Read the full DPhil in Ion Channels and Disease course information on the University of Oxford admissions website.

The UK government has confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in 2019/20 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


The following researchers are affiliated with this programme

Frances Ashcroft

GlaxoSmithKline Royal Society Professor

Esther Becker

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

David Beeson

Professor in Molecular Neurosciences

David Bennett

Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology

Kay Davies

Dr Lee's Professor of Anatomy

Lars Fugger

Professor of Neuroimmunology

Antony Galione

Statutory Professor of Pharmacology

Christopher J Garland

Professor of Vascular Pharmacology

Maike Glitsch

Associate Professor of Biomedical Science

Sarosh Irani

Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Neurologist

Gero Miesenboeck

Director, Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour

Anant Parekh

Director, Centre for Integrative Physiology

David Paterson

Head of Department

Phillip Stansfeld

Computational Biochemistry Research Fellow

Paolo Tammaro

Associate Professor in Pharmacology

Stephen Tucker

Professor of Biophysics

Scott Waddell

Professor of Neurobiology and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow

Application Deadline

Awaiting funding approval for 2020-21 entry.

College Choice

If you have no strong preference for a college, it is suggested that you consider Green Templeton College or The Queen’s College.

Information on which colleges accept applications to this programme, can be found here.

Supported by

Wellcome Trust

Further Information