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The department has a very strong reputation and has published seminal papers that have resulted in paradigm shifts in treatment”.

Gurdeep Mannu, DPhil student.

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A part-time doctoral programme offering flexible training for researchers in Population Health

The part-time DPhil in Population Health is intended to provide candidates a flexible means to complete training in research.  The programme may be undertaken in conjunction with and contributing to paid employment in the same research area, or with agreement from supervisors and programme staff that the proposed research is appropriate to part-time study, alongside other paid work or other responsibilities. Candidates for the DPhil come from many backgrounds including medical practice, epidemiology, statistics, health services research, public health, economics, and ethics.

The Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH) offers candidates the opportunity to work closely with world-leading researchers.  Students are invited to attend a range of events, planned both by the Research Student Group and the wider department. These include seminars, Masterclasses, social and networking events, and the annual Department Symposium.

Attendance Requirements

This is a six year (18 term) part-time research degree programme with early submission allowed from year five (term 13).

Whilst part-time students are not required to maintain residence in Oxford, they should live near Oxford or be able to arrange frequent short-to-medium term visits to the city. The attendance requirement is an absolute minimum of 10 days per term, and students are expected to attend for longer. 

Please note that this is not a distance learning programme and part-time students are not eligible for Tier 4 student visas.  For more information please contact the University's student visa service.

Application deadline

Admissions for entry in October 2017 are now closed.

Admissions for entry in October 2018 will open on 1 September 2017.

Funding for part-time students

We are delighted to be able to offer full funding to many of our applicants who met the January deadline - this includes up to six NDPH funded scholarships each year.  Scholarships include full funding for University and College fees, and a generous stipend of £9,000 per year for up to six years for part-time study.

In addition, all DPhil students have access to a research allowance to attend conferences and training courses.

Academic team

A core group of senior academics, led by Professor Jane Armitage, Director of Training and Career Development, and Professor Sasha Shepperd, Director of Graduate Studies, are committed to the delivery and oversight of the DPhil programme.

The group is supported by an extensive network of DPhil supervisors in the Nuffield Department of Population Health and the wider university.