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Thank you for your interest in conducting research at Ethox!  The Centre is always happy to hear from students who would like to pursue postgraduate degrees.  You can find out more about how to apply to study with us here:


DEADLINES: The formal application process for doing doctoral research at Ethox involves submitting an application through the Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH). Deadlines for this are posted each year on the NDPH website. The window for applications usually opens in September of the year preceding admission and closes in January. Dates do vary slightly from year to year however, so please check NDPH website or contact Ethox directly for accurate dates.

What is it like to be a doctoral student at Ethox?

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

Ruchi Baxi

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.

Rose Mortimer

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.