menu icon
Book your open day visit nowClick to book open day
National Institutes of Health Oxford/Cambridge Programme

National Institutes of Health Oxford/Cambridge Programme

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This is a four-year PhD programme in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) whereby students spend two years at Cambridge and two years at the NIH.

This innovative programme was established in 2002. Its aim is to train outstanding students in biomedical research, taking advantage of the outstanding research environments. Students work on collaborative projects organised by co-supervisors at both Cambridge and the NIH, spending two years at each institution. Students have access to all NIH facilities and are paid by the NIH. The PhD is awarded by the University of Cambridge.

Learning Outcomes

Students develop a collaborative PhD research project, guided by their Cambridge supervisors and by the NIH mentor. At the end of their PhD course, students should: Have a thorough knowledge of the literature and a comprehensive understanding of scientific methods and techniques applicable to their own research; Be able to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field; Have developed the ability to critically evaluate current research and research techniques and methodologies; Have self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems; Be able to act autonomously in the planning and implementation of research; and Have gained oral presentation and scientific writing skills.


The PhD is examined by thesis (maximum of 60,000 words) and viva, held in Cambridge. Details of the process vary between departments and students should contact their departmental graduate administrator for further information.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree.