Department of Biochemistry University of Oxford Department of Biochemistry
University of Oxford
South Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3QU

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Image showing the global movement of lipids in a model planar membrane
Matthieu Chavent, Sansom lab
Anaphase bridges in fission yeast cells
Whitby lab
Lactose permease represented using bending cylinders in Bendix software
Caroline Dahl, Sansom lab
Epithelial cells in C. elegans showing a seam cell that failed to undergo cytokinesis
Serena Ding, Woollard lab
Collage of Drosophila third instar larva optic lobe
Lu Yang, Davis lab
First year Biochemistry students at a practical class
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PhD Studentships

General Information

The Department of Biochemistry in collaboration with departments in the Medical Sciences and Mathematical, Life and Physical Sciences offer PhD studentships for research in wide ranging areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, biomedicine, biophysics and computational biochemistry. In your application for admission to a programme of study, you must indicate all studentship(s) that you wish to be considered for. Alternatively, candidates may bring their own scholarships or sponsorships to support their studies, and will need to provide relevant information on their application for admission.

Applications for admission received by the closing date of a scholarship will be considered if the candidate meets the scholarship academic, nationality and residence eligibility criteria. Please note that most competitive scholarships require that applications be received by the 8th January 2016 (12 noon UK GMT) deadline.

Candidates applying for the DPhil in Biochemistry Programme will be assessed according to the criteria given at: The top ranked students will either be awarded scholarships by the department or nominated for University or College Scholarships. A list of scholarships that candidates can be awarded or nominated for is given below. In addition there are some studentships that are earmarked for specific projects and if you wish to be considered for one of these please quote the relevant source code in your application.

Studentships that we can nominate our top ranked applicants for:

  • UK Research Council Studentships - covers fees and living allowance for research under the remit of the BBSRC or MRC. Eligibility: must be a UK candidate or a EU candidate who has resided in the UK for at least 3 years by 30.9.2016 if starting DPhil on 1.10.2016.
  • UK Research Council Studentships - covers fees only for research under the remit of the BBSRC or MRC. Eligibility: European Union (EU) non-UK candidates.
  • University College War Memorial. Eligibility: European Union (EU) non-UK candidates.
  • The Scatcherd Scholarship - covers living allowance only. Eligibility: European Union (EU) non-UK candidates.
    Please note that The Scatcherd and University College War Memorial scholarships can only be awarded to candidates who have been awarded a fees only UK Research Council Studentship.
  • Christopher Welch Scholarship. Eligibility: All candidates.
  • Krebs Memorial Scholarship. Eligibility: All candidates.
  • Clarendon Fund Scholarships - covers fees and living allowance. Eligibility: All candidates.
  • Oxford Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) Studentships - covers fees and living allowance. Eligibility: All candidates applying to do cancer-related research.
  • Martin Wronker Prize Research Studentship. Eligibility: All candidates.
  • National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) Studentships - covers fees and living allowance. Eligibility: Brazilian candidates.

Other Courses (and Related Scholarships) that can be pursued in the Department of Biochemistry:

  • Skaggs Scholarships for Doctor of Philosophy (Joint Oxford/TSRI)- 5-year Programme (apply directly to The Scripps Research Institute's Kellogg School)
  • Studentships awarded by Doctoral Training Centres (DTC). Applications for studentships and admission must be made directly to the respective doctoral training centre. Successful candidates will follow a specialised training programme and have opportunities to choose areas of research in Biochemistry and other departments.

Medical Sciences Division Doctoral Training Centre Wellcome Trust Studentships for:

  • DPhil in Chromosome and Developmental Biology
  • DPhil in Structural Biology
  • DPhil in Neuroscience
  • DPhil in Infection, Immunity and Translational Medicine

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Doctoral Training Centre UK Research Council and Industry Studentships for:

  • Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP
  • Integrative Systems Biology
  • Life Sciences Interface
  • Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science (Collaborative with Industry)

In addition to the studentships listed above, the University and Colleges offer scholarships which can be used to support PhD/D.Phil. studies, and we strongly encourage you to apply for such opportunities. To apply for any such studentships please follow the studentship guidelines and list these on your application.

















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