DPhil Studentships

The Kennedy Institute is world-famous for its development of biologics for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and currently numbers over 20 scientific Group Leaders.

About our 4 year DPhil doctoral training programme

  • Funding for 4 years, with awards covering stipend (currently £18,000 per annum), as well as tuition and college fees, and including allowance for laboratory expenses and conference travel, with students selecting supervisor(s) and project upon application
  • Outstanding supervision from academics with world-class reputations, and an excellent management and mentoring programme, together multi-disciplinary research and strategic links with industry
  • Exceptional research facilities in a new state-of-the-art medical research institute, with close links to the Nuffield Department of Medicine, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and the Wellcome Trust funded Structural Genomics Consortium
  • First-rate track-record for thesis submission (100% of students complete and submit their theses within 4 years), with additional measures of training success including publications and successful grant applications
  • Career support and training in core and transferrable skills, to ensure eventual establishment of graduates as independent investigators in national and international research laboratories (over 85% of students who graduated in the last 4 years have progressed to post-doctoral research, clinical posts or healthcare-related work)
  • Students undertake a core curriculum of 20 lectures in the first term of year 1 to provide a solid foundation in musculoskeletal sciences and data analysis

Studentships Currently Available at The Kennedy Institute

The Institute is currently offering a number of fully-funded “direct-entry” DPhil studentships.

2014 MSK/KIR-01

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Modulation of myeloid cell function in atherosclerosis

Academic Supervisor(s): Professor Claudia Monaco

2014 MSK/KIR-02

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The Role of Hypoxia Signalling Pathways in Osteoarthritis

Academic Supervisor(s): Dr Chris Murphy
Prof Andrew Price (NDORMS)

2014 MSK/KIR-03

Position has been filled

Elucidation of the mechanisms leading to chronicity of inflammation in fibrotic disorders

Academic Supervisor(s): Prof. Jagdeep Nanchahal
Dr. Kim Midwood
Prof. Fiona Powrie (NDM)

2014 MSK/KIR-04

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Characterising ADAM15, a novel proteolytic enzyme that protects cartilage against osteoarthritis

Academic Supervisor(s): Dr. Linda Troeberg
Prof. Hideaki Nagase

2014 MSK/KIR-05

Position has been filled

Is FGFR3 responsible for FGF2 mediated chondroprotection?

Academic Supervisor(s): Prof. Tonia Vincent
Professor Francesco Dell’Accio (QMUL)

How to apply

It is recommended that you contact the relevant supervisors in the first instance. The studentships are open to UK or EU students who are eligible for home fees. Interested applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class (2i) BSc degree or European equivalent, and will also need to provide evidence of English language competence at time of application.

Candidates must apply for both the programme, DPhil in Musculoskeletal Sciences (course code 002025), and the studentship. When completing a form, the applicant should indicate in the section headed ‘Departmental Studentship Applications’ that the application is for a studentship and enter the reference code for this studentship (2014MSK/KIR-##). 

The University requires candidates to formally apply online and for their referees to submit online references. To access the online application system, please visit www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/applyonline

To access the application guide and form, please visit www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses

Applications are ongoing and the studentships will start in October 2014.

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Additional DPhil projects

Additional DPhil opportunities are available in NDORMS: DPhil studentship competition 2014