Information for prospective DPhil (PhD) students in Particle Theory

Postgraduate research students in Particle Theory normally enter at the beginning of Michaelmas Term (mid-October) and, after a probationary period of one year, can apply for 'transfer of status' to do a DPhil degree. The minimum period of residence prescribed by the University for the DPhil is 2 years (6 terms) but in practice it takes 3 to 4 years. We do not presently consider applicants wishing to do a MSc rather than a DPhil degree.

We do not usually advertise research projects beforehand. Prospective students are welcome to look at research areas listed on homepages of staff members. Additional information on those taking students is listed alongside.

A talk for Prospective DPhil Students is held on 30th November 2016. More information can be found here.

During their first year, students spend most of their time on course work and study. Several postgraduate lecture courses are provided (now assimilated into the Oxford MMathsPhys programme) and students are advised about reading by their Supervisors. Problems classes relating to lectures are held in the first two terms (Oct-Apr). In Michaelmas Term of the second year, all students make a presentation to the group concerning their research topic (see uploaded talks under 'Attachments' on right). Following this there is an oral examination by two staff members (nominated by the Supervisor). Students must perform satisfactorily in these assessments in order to be promoted to DPhil status.