Information for overseas applicants

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

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. Students wishing to be considered for University-wide funding schemes should apply by the January 2017 deadline.

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

The talks which took place on 30th November 2016 to prospective students can be found at; Particle Physics talk by Professor Daniela Bortoletto and John Adams Institute talk by Professor Andrei Seryi.

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. 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:

There is a fee of £75 which needs to be paid when applying online. Applications without a fee will not be processed by the University.

(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,

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 ( with your choices.

The cost of graduate studies includes University and College fees (about £21,703 per year for overseas students) plus subsistence living costs (at least £14,296 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.

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

Further information:

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