Postgraduate Medical Sciences at Oxford

As a graduate student in the medical sciences at Oxford University, you’ll be part of an internationally recognised centre of excellence. Its biomedical and clinical research and teaching is repeatedly ranked among the best in the world.

Over 1,400 graduate students and 5,500 staff work across Oxford, Africa and Asia. By joining them, you’ll benefit from outstanding facilities, being a member of a Graduate School, and personal supervision and support from researchers.

There are 16 medical science departments in Oxford. Some NDORMS houses a rapidly growing community of researchers, statisticians, clinicians and surgeons. They are all working to discover the causes of of musculoskeletal and inflammatory disease. As a graduate student within the department, you will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities, comprehensive training and friendly support.

Kelly is focusing on rheumatoid arthritis, “I look at chromatin modifying mechanisms in immune cells to try and identify, on a epigenetic level, why they are behaving that way I have really found this experience amazing, being able to experience the pharmaceutical industry as well as academia gives you a really good grounding.”

Lab coats await in the Department of Biochemistry and so do opportunities for quality training in a range of areas of the biological and biophysical sciences.

Students reading for the DPhil or MSc are admitted to one of several programmes, either by the department or one of the Doctoral Training Centres.

“The facilities and the people are fantastic and the support that you’ll get is second to none.” DTC student Jonathan is studying Systems Biology. He adds “So I’m going into the lab, and I’m making these crystals, and I’m going up to the X-ray source, and blasting my crystals with X-rays and the next minute I work like a typical mathematician!” He also likes the gym.

One of the world’s leading psychology departments, the Department for Experimental Psychology has a rich history in Oxford. Sometimes, it feels like the departmental seminars are better than going to an international conference. The department is home to a range of research including brain imaging and stimulation, cognitive behavioural testing, and infant research, including automated eye tracking.

Annabel, the baby, has been working closely with Jeanette. “Language is a very special topic, and so what we’re doing is collecting data and seeing how babies actually learn words from not knowing a word to knowing several.” And across the way, Jen is researching language and speech therapies with Tobias. “Coming from speech and language therapy, I’m interested in whether therapy outcomes could be improved by pairing brain stimulation with more traditional techniques.”

We’ve only scratched the surface of the medical sciences at Oxford. Find out more about graduate study at the University by visiting www.graduate.ox.ac.uk

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