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Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics DPhil

University of Oxford

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Course options

  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

About the course

The DPhil in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics provides students with a wide range of research topics within a large multi-disciplinary and world-renowned department, spanning a diverse spectrum of research areas from neuroscience, cardiac science, ion channels transporters and signalling, metabolism and endocrinology, development and reproduction to functional genomics.

In the first instance, applicants are advised to identify potential supervisors with Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, based on their research area of interest.

Your research will be conducted at Oxford under the supervision of academic staff who are at the forefront of developments in your chosen research project area. You will explore your research subject area to new depths and have the opportunity to present your findings to members of the international scientific community with whom, one day, you may collaborate.

After attending the new graduate students’ induction day, you will then meet your supervisor and fellow group members. You will complete an Analysis of your Training Needs (TNA) with your supervisor. You will attend any training courses from the divisional flexible skills training programme which includes a range of workshops and seminars in transferable skills, generic research skills and specific research techniques if pertinent to your DPhil research area. You will have access to regular departmental seminars, peer presentation groups for fine tuning presentation deliverance and graduate student social events that incorporate informal talks aimed at students.

You will be encouraged to submit termly reports on your progress and report courses undertaken. The supervisor will also contribute to the termly reports.


At the end of your first year or start of the second year, you will prepare and undertake the first milestone, Transfer of Status, for which you will submit a written report describing your research to date and plans for the future. This will be assessed by two independent experts, who interview you as part of the process. When you successfully pass, your next milestone is Confirmation of Status which will be no later than your ninth term (end of third year). At the Confirmation of Status, you give a full thesis thesis outline and timeline within the application, then at the viva, you will give a presentation to outline everything you have completed to date that will be in your thesis. The Confirmation of Status assessment is appraised by two experts. Once your status has been confirmed you should be in a position to write up your thesis and submit.

Once you have passed, you will be awarded Leave to Supplicate. You may then book, via your college, your graduation.

Graduate destinations

An alumni survey in 2013 showed nearly two-thirds were employed in academic research or had returned to medicine in conjunction with academic research. Other careers included industrial research, teaching, scientific publishing, patent law and banking with a few entering charitable fund raising, charitable scientific employment and pharmaceutical consulting positions.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 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

    4th out of 39 1

    2nd out of 103

  • Entry standards

    / Max 225
    210 92%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    199 87%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84 84%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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