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The Oxford Kennedy MB PhD (BM DPhil) Educational Training Program

Houfu Leng working in the lab

The Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research-funded OxKen programme will fully fund 4 Oxford University medical students each year from 2021-5 to undertake DPhils in the Medical Sciences Division in the fields of musculoskeletal disease, inflammation and immunology. Our vision is to foster a new generation of clinical academics to drive world-leading research into musculoskeletal and inflammatory disease and improve patient care.

Applications from current Oxford medical students are welcomed to start directly after preclinical training (Final Honours School) or after the first clinical year. The first cohort will start in October (or July for first year clinical students) 2022.
Our research themes, relating to musculoskeletal disease, are as follows:
  1. Basic mechanisms of inflammation
  2. Inflammatory and rheumatic disease
  3. Pain
  4. Clinical trials
  5. Epidemiology, computational and data science
  6. Tissue engineering and remodelling

Applications are invited from 19 October - 3 December 2021. Students will be hosted in the Medical Sciences Division Doctoral Training Centre (MSDTC). Students will also join the Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School (OUCAGS) and receive mentorship and buddy support for the full duration of their research and clinical training.

For further information, please see the Oxford Kennedy BM DPhil 2022 Intake Booklet.