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At the Ethox Centre we welcome doctoral degree (DPhil) applications in any of our main areas of research interest. We also provide teaching on a number of masters degrees.


Thank you for your interest in conducting research at Ethox.  Find out how to apply to study with us through Oxford Population Health.

Find out about current Ethox Doctoral Projects.


Deadlines are posted each year on the Oxford Population Health website. The window for applications usually opens in September of the year preceding admission and closes in January.


Some of our DPhil students share their experiences of studying here with us at Ethox.

"Ethox is a really friendly and stimulating environment to work in. I have found it a supportive atmosphere, and fun too. Given the nature of the DPhil, a lot of the work is independent, but you do feel you are a part of a team.I have found my supervisors, and the team more generally, to be really supportive and approachable.

My background is public health medicine, so the type of research undertaken at Ethox is different to the type of work I have done in the past - and I have felt comfortable asking naïve questions. The interdisciplinary nature of the team means that you have a lot of 'resources' (brains) to draw on as a student. While the DPhil is of course about the project you are doing, and training in research methods, it is also an opportunity to learn about research careers - what paths people take, and what the challenges are.

I'm coming to the end of my first year of the DPhil and have been encouraged and supported to develop as a researcher more broadly - to go to conferences and present, to network, and to write."

Ruchi Baxi

"The culture at Ethox is very friendly, welcoming and inclusive. Everyone is encouraged to discuss their work and ideas, and we always share our news and celebrate each other's achievements. There is a real sense of community here - it is very inclusive, welcoming researchers from all over the world and at different stages in their careers.

The weekly seminars are a really valuable opportunity to learn from current Ethox members and from visiting scholars. The talks are always followed by lively discussion and debate, which has improved my understanding of how to critique ideas. The topics discussed cover a wide range of issues, so it is always interesting to hear what others are working on even if - or especially when - it is not directly related to my own research interests.

I feel very lucky to be able to learn from such a wide range of often prestigious speakers and to have a safe environment in which to present my own work."

Rose Mortimer

ETHICS MODULE ON MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology

The Ethox Centre provides core teaching on international research ethics on the University of Oxford Oxford Population Health MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology. The module includes sessions on:

  • Introduction to the ethics of international research
  • Population and public health ethics
  • Ethical issues in research with ‘vulnerable’ groups
  • Ethics in vaccine research
  • Ethics of data sharing in research

The ethics module is led by Professor Patricia Kingori and Professor Angeliki Kerasidou. More information about the MSc in Global Health Science can be obtained from the Oxford Population Health website. If you would like more information about the ethics content of this course contact


The Ethox Centre provides core teaching on the University of Oxford Health Data Science CDT. The module includes sessions on:

• Research Ethics
• Consent in big data research
• Sharing big health datasets: ethics and practice
• Apps and wearables for health research
• Digital sustainability
• Ethical issues in infectious disease research using big data
• Ethical implications of tracking health apps during pandemics
• Ethics of AI in healthcare 

The Ethics module is led by Professor Angeliki Kerasidou and Dr Federica Lucivero. More information about the Health Data Science CDT is available on the Big Data Institute website.