Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

The admissions cycle for 2021 entry is now open.

For information about how to apply, please visit our main page on the University website

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, theoretical and computational techniques. We have approximately 110 members, including 18 permanent academic staff, around 35 post-doctoral researchers and around 45 graduate students.

Applying for admission for October 2021

For details of Planetary and Exoplanetary DPhil (PhD) projects on offer for 2021 please see the Planetary Physics projects

For examples of non-DTP DPhil (PhD) climate-related projects please see the Climate Physics projects

If you are interested in coming to AOPP as a graduate student there are two main routes:

(1) ALL Planetary & Exoplanetary Physics candidates (Home and Overseas) and applicants with OVERSEAS fee status interested in Climate Physics should apply to AOPP. Information on fee status eligibility can be found on the University fees and funding page.

  • Your application should be supported by three references and should include a transcript of your undergraduate degree course, and a curriculum vitae, all of which must be submitted by the application deadline (below). An application fee is applicable.
  • Short-listed overseas candidates will normally be interviewed via Skype.
  • Interviews for short-listed UK-based candidates will be held in February (dates TBC).
  • Go here for the application form and further advice on completing your application.

(2) Climate Physics candidates with Home fees status: AOPP is one of the core departments of the Oxford Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in Environmental Research, including a Physical Climate Science stream of high relevance to Physics undergraduates considering graduate research in Climate Physics. Please apply to the DTP and follow their application procedures, ensuring you apply to the Physical Climate System stream. Your initial training will be within the DTP, before transferring to AOPP for a doctorate in physics during the second term of your first year, whilst continuing with the training programme within the DTP. Information on fee status eligibility can be found on the University fees and funding page.

Application deadlines:

  • Route (1): Candidates should apply by 12 noon UK time on Friday 22 January 2021 in order to be considered for Departmental Studentships and any funding the University administers. Candidates able to secure external scholarships should apply by 12 noon UK time on Tuesday 2 March 2021.
  • Route (2) : The DTP's application deadline is Friday 22 January 2021 at 12 noon UK time.

Enquiries and further information

If you have any queries or require further information that is not available on these pages please send an email to the AOPP Graduate team.