Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

The Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP) sub-department offers a number of DPhil (PhD) places every year for students to take part in the research work of the department. We do not offer graduate Masters courses.

Our research focuses on the study of physical processes in the atmospheres, surfaces and oceans of the Earth and other planets, using experimental and theoretical techniques. We have approximately 110 members, including 16 permanent academic staff, 30 post-doctoral researchers and 39 graduate students.

Open Day

AOPP is holding an open day on 27 November for prospective DPhil applicants. If you wish to attend please email your registration to AOPP Admissions by 21 November (please download the registration form in .doc or .pdf format from the right hand menu under "Attachments").

The open day is primarily intended to provide an opportunity for UK-based students to meet supervisors, as well as some of our postdocs and current graduate students. The day will start with coffee and posters at 11.00 a.m. followed by brief talks, lab tours and a sandwich lunch.

Applying for admission for October 2018

Applications for 2018 are now closed. Details of how to apply for next year (2019) will be available here in October.

Some views from former students

Enquiries and further information

If you have any queries or require further information that is not available on these pages please email or write to

Catherine Morris
Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics
Clarendon Laboratory
Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PU, U.K.