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DPhil in Translational Health Sciences

University of Oxford

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

About the course

This doctoral degree is in the social science of healthcare innovation and knowledge translation. Building on a relevant masters-level qualification, you will pursue an independent piece of applied research in a health-related field, supervised by an interdisciplinary team.

For the purposes of this programme, the department defines translational health sciences as the study of the human, organisational and societal issues that impact on the adoption, dissemination and mainstreaming of research discoveries and the harnessing of such discoveries to provide effective, efficient and equitable healthcare.

This DPhil, which builds on a linked MSc in Translational Health Sciences, has been developed as a partial response to national and international calls for urgent expansion of postgraduate training in the development, implementation and sustainability of innovations in healthcare. On completion of the DPhil, you will have extended the boundaries of knowledge and undertaken an original empirical study in an aspect of translational health sciences as defined above, and to be ready to embark on independent applied research in this field.

Research topics relevant to this programme may pertain (but need not be restricted) to the following:

  • How to influence behaviour eg encourage clinicians to use a new technology in their practice (or indeed how to get them to stop using a technology);
  • The extent to which a new drug, medical device or other innovation generates value for different stakeholders;
  • The challenges of introducing and sustaining an innovation at an organisational level;
  • How policy is made and what prevents it from being ‘evidence-based’;
  • How the regulatory environment can both enable and constrain innovation in healthcare settings;
  • How technologies can (and why they do not always) support care practices;
  • How patients and citizens might play an active role in research and dissemination;
  • How we decide what is right and reasonable in research;
  • How industry, academia and government can work together to optimise the acceleration of innovations into practice;
  • Implications for global knowledge transfer of international differences in health systems.


All students will be initially admitted to the status of Probationer Research Student (PRS). Within a maximum of six terms as a full-time PRS student or twelve terms as a full-time PRS student, you will be expected to apply for transfer of status from Probationer Research Student to DPhil status. This application is normally made by the fourth term for full-time students and by the eighth term for part-time students.

Graduate destinations

The MSc and DPhil in Translational Health Sciences have been designed to address a significant and urgent skills deficit in linking research discoveries to implementation in practice, service transformation and improved patient outcomes.

Tuition fees

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£ 27,460per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 35 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    214 88%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    97 97%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.42 88%



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