The University of Oxford

Surgical Sciences

University of Oxford
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Rank: 2 (The Complete University Guide)

Location: University of Oxford


Study mode full-time

Degree: Doctorate

Start Date: 2020/10/01

Duration: 48 months

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The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (November 2019). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via DPhil in Surgical Sciences is a full-time doctoral programme offering research training for both clinical and non-clinical graduates in their chosen field of research.Doctoral programmes focus on a specific research project. Projects can be chosen from across all areas of research in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS), for example:

  • ageing and degenerative diseases
  • cancer
  • cardiac/cardiovascular sciences
  • cell biology and genes
  • clinical trials and epidemiology
  • diabetes
  • evidence-based medicine
  • immunology
  • musculoskeletal science
  • neurosciences
  • oncology
  • stem cells
  • translational medicine and medical technology
You will work closely with an academic supervisor who oversees your studies, and you will produce a thesis that represents a significant and substantial piece of work. For experimental sciences you are also likely to collaborate with your supervisor on shared laboratory work as part of a research team.There is usually no required coursework. However, the Medical Sciences Division's skills training programme offers opportunities for you to develop your research and professional skills over the duration of your DPhil. It is recommended that you spend at least ten days a year on your graduate skills training.


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Some 140 countries have attendees at Oxford and some 60% of the total student body is from outside the UK. There are various programs available for international students to help with orientation and integrating with life in Oxford as well as to help with legal matters such as immigration and visas. They can also help with practical matters such as dealing with finances and accessing health care with the National Health Service (NHS). Student life is filled with many traditions as befits a university of Oxford's age. One of these are the balls, held by the colleges with a formal dress code as well as smaller events regularly during the year. The Oxford University Student Union or OUSU, represents students and is their voice in debate about the university as well as organising student life organisations. There are a large number of sports available outside the classroom and many of these are of a high standard. The Boat Race is a famous example of a rowing race with nearby Cambridge University that is watched by up to 10 million TV viewers each year. There are also student newspapers and a radio station as well as performing arts groups. There are also student societies open to students who aren't studying the subject to learn something new and different.

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