Microscope work
Microscope study in the laboratory
(Image Credit: Zachary Domach / Graduate Photography Competition)

Medical Sciences

The Medical Sciences Division houses some of the strongest biomedical research in the world; Oxford is repeatedly placed first in clinical, pre-clinical and health in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 

The division’s 2,000 researchers cover a wide area, ranging from sub-molecular structural biology to epidemiology as applied to very large populations. This enables students to work on virtually any biomedical problem. With close to 1,200 graduate students, excellent new facilities, and close personal supervision by world-class researchers, the division provides a stimulating and challenging environment for talented graduate students.

The Medical Sciences Graduate School website provides detailed information for prospective students.

All candidates who apply by the January deadline are automatically considered for full funding awards, irrespective of their nationality. The majority of students accepted by the division secure full funding, covering both fees and living expenses.

Student insights

Courses offered by the division


Biochemistry MSc by Research



Experimental Psychology MSc by Research




Musculoskeletal Sciences MSc by Research



Oncology DPhil
Oncology MSc by Research


Pathology DPhil
Pharmacology MSc by Research
Population Health (4-year funded) combined MSc and DPhil
Primary Health Care MSc by Research
Psychiatry MSc by Research


Radiobiology combined MSc and DPhil
Radiobiology MSc by Research


Surgical Sciences MSc by Research