Information for prospective DPhil (PhD) students in Particle Theory

For full details, please see the University of Oxford Graduate Studies Prospectus, including the information specific to Theoretical Physics. If you would like to be considered by more than one research group please see in particular Graduate study in Theoretical Physics. A summary is provided below.

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. It usually takes 3 to 4 years to complete a DPhil thesis. We do not consider applicants wishing to do a MSc rather than a DPhil degree.

You can see details of potential supervisors willing to take students. It is not necessary to nominate a supervisor or make a detailed proposal for your research project on the application form, but if you are interested in a particular area please say so.

During their first year, students have probationary status and spend most of their time on course work and study. Several graduate lecture courses are provided (now assimilated into the Oxford Master Course in Mathematial & Theoretical Physics) and students are advised about reading by their Supervisors. Problems classes relating to lectures are held in the first two terms (Oct-Apr). All students entering their second year make a presentation to the Group in Michaelmas Term (see uploaded talks under 'Attachments' on right) and then have 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. After completing the bulk of their research work they will have another oral examination (tyically towards the end of their third year) to determine if they are ready to submit their thesis. The supervisor, in discussion with the candidate, then selects one internal and one external examiner who subsequently carry out the thesis examination. Successful candidates will add to the illustrious list of Oxford Theoretical Physics theses.