Application Procedure

As a graduate research student in the Oxford physics department, you can study for a D.Phil. degree in astrophysics. You can study in either the sub-department of astrophysics or the sub-department of theoretical physics. Projects are offered in astronomical instrumentation, observation and theory.

Introduction

Oxford Astrophysics expects to admit up to about ten new graduate students in October 2014 onto its DPhil astrophysics graduate study programme. Some of these are studentships are funded by the STFC (see below). Applications to study astrophysics are considered jointly by the two sub-departments of astrophysics and theoretical physics.

We expect you to have a qualification at the level of a First or Upper Second Class M.Phys Honours Degree (four years of study in England, Wales or N.Ireland, five years in Scotland) in a relevant subject from a UK Higher Education institute, or equivalent from a non-UK institute. Places are awarded after a competitive selection process.

If you wish to be considered also for a D.Phil in any other sub-department of physics, please make this clear both in your application and in the email sent to ashling [dot] morris [at] astro [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk and we will ensure that the application is forwarded to the relevant person.

Applications for STFC studentship awards (citizens of the U.K. and European Union)

We expect to have 5 studentships in 2014 funded by the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), to award to applicants from the United Kingdom (UK) or European Union (EU). UK citizens who normally reside in the UK and EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for at least three years are eligible for a full award. Other EU citizens may qualify for a "fees-only" award, without any funding for living costs - in this case you must obtain additional funding to cover living costs and you should consider applying for scholarships from one or more Oxford colleges.

All applications must be made using the University's graduate admissions forms by the second application deadline of 24 January 2014 using the on-line application procedure. All application materials (including letters of reference, university transcript and the application fee) must be received before this date and we recommend early submission, in case of any problem with your supporting materials. Please quote studentship reference number 14ASTR01DPHIL in your application. Please also send an email message to indicate that you have applied to ashling [dot] morris [at] astro [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk.

You may wish also to apply for other Oxford scholarships for which details may be found on the University’s graduate admissions pages.

Other applications

If you are not eligible for STFC funding, you must either identify a source of funding, or apply for scholarships, at the time that you submit your application to Oxford. All applications must be made using the University's graduate admissions forms by 24 January 2014 using the on-line application procedure. All application materials (including letters of reference, university transcript and the application fee) must be received before this date and we recommend early submission in case any of any problems with your supporting materials. Please quote studentship reference number 14ASTR01DPHIL in your application. Please also send an email message to indicate that you have applied to ashling [dot] morris [at] astro [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the department has not allocated all its available places by the end of this admissions cycle, but note that you would then not be able to apply for Oxford scholarships. Many scholarships have closing dates that are early in the academic year, and to be considered for those you must apply to the graduate admissions cycle before the scholarship deadline. See our pages on Oxford fees & funding information for more information on scholarships at Oxford.