How to apply

Prospective Students should follow the procedure described in the University's Graduate Studies Prospectus - an application Guide can be found here. Applications should be made by the second University deadline (January). Applications received after this date cannot be considered for funding.

NB: candidates wishing to be considered by more than one physics sub-department (or more than one group within a sub-department) should fill in only 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 their research interests (002610 for Theoretical Physics) and give under section 1(iii), Programme of Study, the sub-departments (or research groups) which are being asked to consider the application.

The Oxford Funding Search lists many external scholarships available to students from both inside and outside the EU. Note that some College Scholarships are not listed on the University's graduate application form as they are for specific nationalities or have other constraints - you must apply for these directly. If the scholarship being applied for (e.g. Commonwealth, Marshall, Rhodes) requires a general letter of support, this can be provided. The University awards over 100 graduate scholarships every year from the Clarendon Fund - all applicants can ask to be considered for these. We will nominate candidates for these as well as for other awards (e.g. Buckee) on the basis of merit.

Applicants resident in the UK will usually be called for interview in February; overseas applicants may be interviewed by phone/skype. Preliminary offers (subject to examination results) are made at this time. We accept 2-4 students per year (depending on the availability of Supervisors).