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Join one of our Open Afternoons to find out how studying a graduate degree in Oxford could be the best next step for you! The Medical Sciences Graduate School Open Afternoons will showcase the University of Oxford’s PhD and MSc programmes in biomedical research for applicants wishing to start in the 2021-22 academic year. Find out more about our generous funding schemes, which are available to basic scientists, clinical students and clinicians, and also hear directly from current students about their experiences. There will also be keynote presentations delivered by our researchers involved in Oxford's Covid-19 vaccine trial.

The Medical Sciences Division at Oxford is a national and international centre of excellence in biomedical research. Our graduate students are at the centre of what we do, and we are delighted each year to welcome hundreds to start working and studying with us, from all around the UK and the world. Find out how you can be part of next year's intake by joining one of our Open Afternoons.

Our Open Afternoons will run on:

  • Wednesday 21 October 2020 (for applicants based in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands)
  • Thursday 12 November 2020 (for applicants from the rest of the world)

Timetable for Open Afternoon 12 NOVEMber 2020


Pre-registration here


Joining link for main session (will be available soon)

1pm Welcome and introducing the session – Professor Rob Gilbert, Graduate School Director

1.10pm  Oxford and the Covid-19 pandemic (ii) – Professor Andy Pollard

1.30pm Introducing the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership – Professor Ester Hammond

1.35pm DPhil study for pre-clinical and clinical students, and clinicians – Professor Julian Knight

1.45pm Post-graduate taught programmes in the Medical Sciences at Oxford – Professor Sarah Lewington

1.55pm Skills training and researcher development – Professor Afsie Sabokbar

2.05pm Student presentations: Jan Boehning and Everlyn Kamau

2.20pm Q&A, panel: Rob Gilbert, Julian Knight, Afsie Sabokbar, Jan Boehning and Everlyn Kamau

2.30pm Five minute break

2.35pm Breakout sessions will be available for the following groupings of departments:
1: Biochemistry; Pathology;  Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics; Pharmacology
2: Clinical Neurosciences; Experimental Psychology; Psychiatry
3: Radcliffe Department of Medicine, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine

3.05pm Breakout sessions for the following groupings of departments:
4: Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences; Surgical Sciences; Oncology
5: Women’s and Reproductive Health; Paediatrics; Primary Care Health Sciences
6: Nuffield Department of Medicine; Population Health
7: Taught courses –represented by the MSc directors for courses in Global Health Science and Epidemiology, in Pharmacology, and in Sleep Medicine

3.35pmOxford and the Covid-19 pandemic (i) – Professor Teresa Lambe

3.55pm Closing remarks – Professor Rob Gilbert

4.00pm Ends



About the Medical Sciences Graduate School

Oxford’s Medical Sciences Graduate School exists to support postgraduate programmes of study provided by the 16 departments of the Medical Sciences Division and its Doctoral Training Centre. Each department offers one or more DPhil (PhD) programmes, with significant overlap in the kinds of research question being studied between departments due to their size and the breadth of the research programmes they support.Within each department the Oxford-MRC Doctoral Training Partnership supports students to complete their DPhils, recruiting 25-30 students each year including into industrial collaborative iCASE awards.

In addition, the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) offers structured 4-year DPhil programmes with an introductory/rotation-based first year leading to the development of a research project for years 2-4. These DTC programmes are externally funded by, among others, the Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and EPSRC.

We offer several taught MSc courses, each of which gives the opportunity to develop additional expertise in a specific subject area in preparation for later doctoral, scientific or professional work.

Externally-sourced funding for DPhil and MSc studentships from a wide range of sources is complemented by the University's internal Clarendon Scholarships and other university and college funding schemes.