EBHC DPhil clusters
Designed to help shape your DPhil topic and ensure a smoother application process.
Choosing your DPhil topic can be tricky, therefore we've identified a set of clusters (themes) that represent the broad subject areas that we would like our DPhil students to explore, and that best identify with Evidence-Based Healthcare, to help you shape your topic and ensure it fits our criteria early on in your application process.
It is not necessary to contact a potential supervisor before you apply, but we recommend you do so as they can provide feedback on your proposed topics.
Cancer screening, detection and prevention
© ShutterstockCurrent DPhil student projects in this area include focusses on childhood cancers, rectal cancer, and integrated value-based networks in diverse settings.
Screening, diagnosis and prognosis in health care
© ShutterstockCurrent DPhil projects in this area include cardiovascular risk prediction rule development, developing diagnostic pathways for postdural puncture headache, and applying digital pathology to prostate cancer diagnosis and assessment.
Evidence-based evaluation of health care interventions
© ShutterstockStudents working in this area focus on evaluating healthcare interventions using a range of methods. Current projects underway include work on medical innovations’ pathways to market, identifying indicators of ‘success’ in weight management, as well as clinical and cost-effectiveness evaluations.
Health services research
© ShutterstockCurrent DPhil projects include realist approaches, as well as projects including using behavioural economic principles to improve chronic care management and other health systems work in students’ own settings.
Research methods and better use of data in health care
© ShutterstockWork in this area includes projects exploring the impact of intervention fidelity, creating validated assessment tools to apply to research, and developing training packages.
Communication of evidence-based healthcare
© ShutterstockWe are keen to hear from potential applicants with an interest in communicating evidence-based healthcare, including applicants from health communications backgrounds.
Find out more about key dates and what to expect on our DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care.
How to apply
Applications for this course should be made via the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website.
- 11 November 2022
- 20 January 2023 (deadline for most Oxford scholarships)
- 1 March 2023