The University of Oxford is now accepting applications for fully-funded doctoral scholarships at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, UK . The Department is responsible for teaching Epidemiology and Population Health to postgraduates specializing in these fields. All students accepted for entry in 2014 will be accepted on to the DPhil programme in Population Health. The scholarship will be awarded on merit after applications have been made and students accepted onto the programme.
Worth of Awards

  • Competitive funded studentships to cover fees and living expenses will be available for DPhil students in Population Health based in the Nuffield Department of Population Health.

Applications will be assessed in the light of a candidate’s ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or to have achieved a first-class or an upper-second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualifications in a relevant subject.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA we seek is 3.5 out of 4.0.
  • However, entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a first-class degree or international equivalent (e.g. a GPA of at least 3.7 out of 4.0).
  • Academic references/letters of recommendation which support intellectual ability, academic achievement, motivation, and ability to work in a group.
  • Written work and/or portfolio produced by the student Applicants should provide two relevant academic essays or other writing samples for their most recent qualification of 2,000 words each, or 2,000-word extracts of longer work. This will be assessed for: understanding of the subject area; ability to construct or defend an argument; powers of analysis; powers of expression. It is not important that the written work relates closely to the proposed area of study.
  • Evidence of a prior interest in the area of research proposed is likely to advantage a candidate’s application.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University
  • Students are selected for admission without regard to gender, marital or civil partnership status, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or social background.
  • Decisions on admission are based solely on the individual academic merits of each candidate and the application of the selection criteria appropriate to the programme of study.
  •  DPhil candidates should contact a potential supervisor(s) before submitting an application.
  • Prospective applicants should communicate with the institution in order to refine their application, especially where scholarships are involved.
  • It would be expected that graduate applicants would be familiar with the recent published work of their proposed supervisor.

Research Areas

  • Present research interests of members of the Department include studies of the burden and determinants of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, renal disease and cancer using large observational studies and randomized trials, communicable disease including HIV, the prevention of heart disease, nutrition and health, health economics, the uses of medical information systems, occupational health, patient-assessed health outcomes and many aspects of health services research.

Research proposal

  • The applicant should prepare a brief research proposal, normally about two pages in length, written in the English language and based on a chosen advertised DPhil project.
  • This will be assessed for: coherence and evidence of understanding of the proposed area of study; the ability to present a reasoned case in English; the feasibility of successfully completing the project in the time available (a maximum of 4 years).
  • Ideas about how the study will be conducted should be presented although it is normal for ideas subsequently to change as the research project develops.
  • Research proposals coming from the applicant should have been discussed with a potential supervisor and will be assessed against the same criteria.

How to Apply

  • All candidates should review the list of DPhil projects on offer and choose the one that most interests them. Candidates should then contact one of the named supervisors to discuss the project with a view to  submitting a brief research proposal based on it. This proposal is to be submitted along with a  C.V.  to [email protected] before applying formally to the University.
  • Candidates with their own research proposals must identify a suitable supervisor from within the Nuffield Department of Population Health and then submit their proposal and CV to [email protected]. Such applicants should wait to hear whether there is the capacity to supervise such a project and only then should applicants apply formally to the University.
  • Applications will not be considered if an applicant has not contacted the department and identified a potential supervisor prior to submitting an application.

Deadline: The next application deadline for entry in October 2014 for the DPhil in Population Health will be Friday January 10, 2014.
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