DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care

Key facts

Level: Postgraduate research

Duration: Part-time over 4 to 8 years

Applications for 2020-21 entry are now being accepted. 

Application deadlines are 12 noon UK time (midday) on:

  • Friday 15 November 2019
  • Friday 24 January 2020
  • Tuesday 3 March 2020


Contact: gradschool@conted.ox.ac.uk or telephone 01865 286938.

DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care

The DPhil Programme considers applications from those who have already been awarded the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care. Applications may also be considered from students with a Master's in a related subject. Supervision is arranged to suit the DPhil topic and may involve staff from within the Medical Sciences Division as well as co-supervision with members of the Evidence-Based network.

Applications deadlines are on the 15 November 2019, 24 January 2020 and 6 March 2020.

To check on the admission status for October 2020 entry please visit the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website. Courses with a green admission status are open for applications, amber means the course will be closing at 12 noon on the following Friday and red means it has closed to new applications.

Find out about Anne Jensen's experience on the DPhil in Evidence-Based Healthcare programme. Our Student Spotlights feature students' experiences both on and after their courses, and highlight the day-to-day life of study on the Evidence-Based Healthcare programmes.


The DPhil programme follows on from the taught MSc course in Evidence-Based Health Care (EBHC) and is overseen by the University's Continuing Education Board. Admission is through the Department for Continuing Education. All graduate students must apply also for membership of a college. Most choose to become members of Kellogg College, which caters particularly for mature students and which is closely associated with the Department. Supervision is arranged to suit the DPhil topic and may involve staff from within the Medical Sciences Division as well as co-supervision with members of the Evidence-Based network.

The DPhil is part of the Evidence-Based Health Care Programme, which is jointly run with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences. The programme also works closely with the Centres of Evidence-Based Nursing, Evidence-Based Mental Health, and Evidence-Based Dentistry. The Department's graduate students have access to the full range of Oxford's library and computing facilities.

The DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care regulations normally require a minimum of four years' part-time study over 12 terms (equivalent to two years' full-time) up to a maximum of eight years part-time study. Research students may be required to undertake appropriate research training provided within the Department. In addition, they will be strongly encouraged to participate in seminars and informal meetings with staff and other researchers. The major commitment of time will be to individual study and research and research students are required to attend in Oxford for a minimum of 30 days each year.

To give you an idea of the range of backgrounds and projects undertaken please see the Continuing Education DPhil students profiles, which features some of our students.

Level and demands

For the full Selection Criteria please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Funding website.

To be eligible for the course students should:

  • Normally be predicted or to have achieved a first-class or an upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualifications) in a relevant subject
  • Achieved an average of at least 65% across all components of the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care (or equivalent programme)
  • Show prior interest in the area of research proposed


The DPhil fees are payable each academic year you are a registered student.

Fee rates 

Please visit the Funding and Costs section on the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care webpage for details of course fees


Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our Fees and Funding page.

Apply for this course

Applications for this course should be made via the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website.

If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying please contact the course administrator: tel: +44 (0)1865 286931 - email: gradschool@conted.ox.ac.uk

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for applicants and students on this course

Sources of funding

Information on financial support