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How to Apply for the DPhil in Healthcare Innovation

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Selection Criteria

Full details of the CDT admissions criteria can be found at DPhil Criteria.


English Language Requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. Candidates are normally expected to meet the following criteria:

  • For IELTS an overall score of 7.5 or at least 7.0 in each component.
  • For TOEFL an overall score of 630 with a TWE of 5, or for the computer-based test, an overall score of 267 and an essay writing score of 5. Applicants who have taken the new Internet-based TOEFL test must achieve an overall score of 109.
  • The Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade B.

Application/Admissions Process

  1. You will need to send in a formal graduate study application to Oxford University Graduate Admissions which requires payment of a £50 fee. In your Statement of Purpose, make sure that you explain the reasons why you want to apply for this programme and, if you have a specific interest in one (or more) of the CDT's research themes explain this (not compulsory); you will be asked about this at interview. A strong Statement of Purpose is more likely to obtain you a scholarship than a weak one. Details on how to apply can be found at
  2. Use the program code 002465 DPhil in Healthcare Innovation, and consider the associated colleges (Brasenose, Jesus, Keble, Kellogg, Lady Margaret Hall, Lincacre, Lincoln, Magdalen, New, Pembroke, Somerville, St Anne's, St Catherine's, St Cross, St Edmund Hall, St Hilda's, St Hugh's, Wadham and Wolfson Colleges) for your college choices.
  3. Short-listed candidates will be invited to be interviewed at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Short-listed candidates will be given details of the interview process when invited to attend.
  4. We will notify you of our decision as soon as possible after the date of the interview.

Reasons for non-acceptance of candidates

Well qualified candidates may not be offered a place because:

  • secure funding is not available (places offered on an conditional basis will not be confirmed without a financial guarantee);
  • there are constraints on the availability of research facilities (especially laboratory and library space) and on supervison
  • there are limitations on the size of taught graduate courses;
  • there are limitations on the numbers of students who can be admitted onto research programmes;
  • other candidates have been judged to match more closely the admissions criteria.

It should also be noted that acceptance on a particular course gives no guarantee of final success, and all courses require the student to develop their learning and skills to new levels in order to pass taught course examinations or successfully to undertake all the assessment hurdles of a research programme.

Statement of Provision

Please find the Department of Engineering Science's Statement of Provision here.

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Further general information about how to apply for a PhD at the University of Oxford can be found at