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The Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (NDCN) comprises the Division of Clinical Neurology, Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics and the Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain Centre (FMRIB).

The Department has in the region of 80 graduate students who are working in a variety of areas of neuroscience including ophthalmology, neuroimaging, chronobiology, pain and anaesthetics, neurodegeneration, genetics, ion channel disorders, neuroimmunology and functional neurosurgery and cerebrovascular disease.

Students are actively involved in a variety of programmes and seminars within the Department and more broadly with other University departments. There is a rich exposure to a wide variety of technologies, visiting speakers and the opportunity for travel to national and international meetings and workshops.


Research students reading for a doctorate (DPhil) in our Department are usually admitted to one of several programmes, either by the Department or one of the Oxford Doctoral Training Centres (DTC). NDCN offers excellent opportunities for high quality research training in wide-ranging leading areas of clinical neuroscience. Oxford University's collegiate system and the collaborative and interdisciplinary Medical Sciences Division provide an outstanding research environment within a friendly community for postgraduates to learn and develop their research and other professional skills.

Each year we offer a number of funded studentships to fully support doctoral students who are enthusiastic about ongoing research in the department. We also advise candidates to apply for any scholarships offered by the University of Oxford, or other sponsors, for which they may be eligible and which can be used in support of research degrees in our department.

Much of postgraduate research in the Department is interdisciplinary and in collaboration with research leaders at other research centres e.g. the MRC Mammalian Genetics Unit at Harwell and the National Institutes of Health, USA as well as many other University departments.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline for admission in 2018/19 is Monday 8 January 2018. Interviews will be held between Monday 29th January - Wednesday 31st January.