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Research programmes

DPhil in Psychiatry

Course Code | 002150

MSc by Research in Psychiatry

Course Code | 002160
  • Nature and treatment of eating disorders
  • Neuropsychology of gambling behaviour
  • ‘Mindfulness’ and cognitive therapies for depression
  • Genetic and molecular neurobiology of schizophrenia
  • Brain mechanisms of emotion
  • Neuropsychology of antidepressant treatments
  • Affective disorders and dementia in old age
  • Social psychiatry and health services research
  • Evidence-based mental health
  • Neuroscience of depression and bipolar disorder
  • Cognitive factors and mental imagery in cognitive therapy
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Social behaviour in depression
  • Suicide and deliberate self-harm
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Cognitive approaches to psychosis
  • Psychological medicine research
  • Neuroscience of inhibition and mood disorders

How to Apply

The deadline for the DPhil and MSc (R) courses is 10 January 2014. After this date, please contact the department directly to find out if applications are still being accepted at

Applications for most scholarships (Clarendon, Schatcherd European and Rhodes) must be submitted by the January deadline).

The standard set of materials you should send with any application to a research course comprises:

The research proposal for applicants to the DPhil and MSc (R) in Psychiatry should normally be two pages in length, covering areas such as the background to the research, methodology, expected results and the contribution to the field of learning.
Please follow the detailed instructions in the Application Guide, and consult the Psychiatry website for any additional guidance.

Academic resources

The Cairns Library in the John Radcliffe Hospital covers the range of psychiatric and psychological topics. Staff and students have access to a number of research facilities including:

  • The Oxford Neurodevelopmental Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Centre
  • The Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research (OCMR)
  • The Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB) at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

The Department has strong links with the Department of Experimental Psychology and Oxford Internet Institute (OII), and is home to the Oxford Clinical Trials Unit for Mental Illness (OCTUMI), a UKCRN registered clinical trials unit.

Graduate destinations

Recent destinations include:

  • Postdoctoral research (domestic and overseas)
  • Medical school
  • Training in clinical psychology
  • Employment in the pharmaceutical industry
  • University teaching posts

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Main areas of research interests

Research interests on the Psychiatry website External link

Selection criteria

Selection criteria on the Psychiatry website External link


English language requirements

Standard level External link


MRC studentship awards are allocated for DPhil studentships in January every year


Number of applicants


Number of places available