Graduate Applications

Information for home and EU applicants (i.e. STFC studentships)

Deadlines for applications for admission in October 2017 are: 20 January 2017 and 10 March 2017. Please note that candidates will be informed that the University will accept applications and references on deadline days until 12 noon UK time.

The interviews will take place on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February 2017.

The D.Phil course starts in October, with students attending a comprehensive series of lecture courses in their first year in parallel with starting work on their theses, which are normally completed within 3.5 years. We do not offer an MSc course in particle physics.

Information on our research areas can be found in our list of thesis topics.

The talks to prospective DPhil students which took place on Wednesday 30th November 2016 to prospective students can be found at;

Particle Physics talk by Professor Daniela Bortoletto and John Adams Institute by Professor Andrei Seryi.

Theoretical research in particle physics is carried out in the Sub-department of Theoretical Physics and theoretical work in particle astrophysics in both the Sub-departments of Theoretical Physics and of Astrophysics. Professor Subir Sarkar gave a talk on 30th November 2016 about Particle Theory.


Information regarding DPhil in Particle Physics and how to apply can be found at:

Candidates who wish to be considered for an STFC studentship should submit their applications by
Friday 20 January 2017. For all applications a fee of £75 is required.

(Please note: If your application is related to more than one of the physics sub-departments, there is no need to complete a separate application for each. Please instead select one DPhil course and then add any additional Physics DPhils for which you would like to be considered to your application form, stating the academic’s name (where relevant) and sub-department. Your application will then be assessed for each of the Physics DPhils you have indicated. The information should be added in the ‘proposed supervisor name’ field or, if there is insufficient space, please include this clearly at the top of your research proposal. However, should you wish to apply to a different department or to a particular CDT you will need to submit a separate application for this; information on application fee waivers for CDT applications is available in the Application Guide,

Please note that we will be unable to consider applications after the deadline and all supporting material must be received by the deadline.

In addition on the application form, under the heading 'Research Applications Only', please state which 3 experiments you are interested in, or please email Kim Proudfoot ( with your choices.

Costs: The cost of graduate studies includes University and college fees (about £7,054 per year for home/EU citizens) and subsistence living costs (at least £14,296 per year), this will rise each academic year.

STFC awards: Home students are eligible for a full award which covers University and College fees and subsistence. Non-UK EU nationals who have not spent the previous three years in the UK will only be eligible for a fees only award. Please see the STFC website for full details of awards and eligibility.

There has been a change to PhD studentship eligibility; non-UK EU nationals who have spent the previous three years in the UK undertaking an undergraduate degree will now meet the residency requirements for full postgraduate studentship support.


* British Council: for non-UK citizens (inquire in your country).
* Dulverton Scholarships: for students from Eastern Europe, full or partial costs, depending on need
* Scatcherd European Scholarships: for nationals of any European country (excluding the UK or Turkey, but including the Russian Federation and other countries to the west of the Urals), fees and subsistence
* Michael Foster Scholarships: for citizens of Germany, fees and subsistence
* Pirie-Reid Scholarship for students from Scotland

In addition, various scholarships of order £2,000 per year are available from some Oxford colleges.

Unilever Scholarship in Sciences for entry in 2017 - 2018 with St Cross College.

You might also like to look at UK Graduate Places at other Universities

Applications without a fee will not be processed by the University

Further information:

Secretary of Graduate Studies
Sub-department of Particle Physics
Denys Wilkinson Building
Keble Road
(Tel: +44 (0)1865 273360)