Information for overseas applicants

Applications are now closed for admission in October 2014

Information for overseas applicants (i.e. not eligible for a STFC award)

Deadlines for applications for admission in October 2014 are: 22nd November 2013, 24th January 2014 and 14th March 2014.

Information on our research areas can be found in our list of thesis topics and via the links on our home page.

The interviews for Graduate Admission will take place on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th February 2014.

There will be a talk to potential students on Monday 25th November 2013 at 3.30pm in the Fisher Room in the Denys Wilkinson Building followed by a drinks reception.

A talk to potential students will take place a date will be confirmed and the flyer for this can be found here

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.

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.


You must complete a University application form GAO2014 which should be sent direct to the University Graduate Admissions office.

There is a fee of £50 which needs to be paid when applying online. Applications without a fee will not be processed by the University.

(Please note: that candidates wishing to be considered by more than one physics sub-department should only fill in ONE form and pay only ONE application fee. The form should be submitted giving the course code for the sub-department which most closely reflects the research interest and give under section 1(iii), Programme of Study, the sub-departments which are being asked to consider the application.)

In addition on the application form, under the heading 'Research Applicants Only', please state which 3 experiments you are interested in, or please email Kim Proudfoot (k [dot] proudfoot [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk) with your choices.

The cost of graduate studies includes University and College fees (about £19,669 per year for overseas students) plus subsistence living costs (at least £13,726 per year). These will increase slightly each year.

Overseas candidates are encouraged to investigate the various possibilities for scholarships as these are normally the only source of funding. The scholarships often have earlier application deadlines; if you need to be accepted by us in order to apply for such a scholarship, please send us a letter explaining the situation with your application to us, well before the scholarship deadline. Information regarding funding can be seen at the following website:


  • Rhodes Scholarships: informal application in your home country (USA, Canada, S. Africa, Australia, India, Germany, and several others)
  • Clarendon Fund Scholarships: for non-EU citizens, full or partial costs
  • Overseas Research Student Awards: for non-EU citizens, application through Oxford by April, covers only non-EU component of University Fee (about £6,500 per year)
  • British Council: for non-UK citizens (inquire in your country).
  • K C Wong Scholarships: for students from the People's Republic of China, fees and subsistence
  • Commonwealth Scholarships: for Commonwealth citizens and British protected persons permanently resident in any Commonwealth country other than the UK, fees and subsistence.
  • 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
  • Felix Scholarships: for Indian graduates, fees and subsistence for 2 years, possibly 3
  • Oxford Kobe Scholarships: for citizens of Japan, fees and subsistence
  • Noon/Chevening/Oxford Scholarship: for students from Pakistan, partial costs
  • Marshall Scholarships: for US citizens, fees and subsistence for 2 years, possibly 3
  • Fulbright Scholarships: for US citizens, support for 3 years jointly with ORS

In addition, various scholarships of order £2,000 per year are available from some Oxford colleges. If you intend applying for one of these, you should list that college as your choice on the University application form.

Further information:

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