Theoretical physics

Graduate study in Theoretical Physics

General information about how to apply to Oxford is available here, with information specific to Theoretical Physics here.

Oxford Physics and Oxford Mathematics jointly offer a Oxford Master Course
in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics

All applicants for Theoretical Physics are encouraged to apply by the January deadline as all funding opportunities including University Scholarships are considered immediately after this date. The different deadlines have been set from an administrative perspective to structure the submission and assessment of applications. No decision on applications received ahead of the November closing will be made until after the January date.

2021 Funded DPhil Opportunities in Theoretical Physics:

Astrophysics and Plasma Physics
Condensed Matter Theory
Particle Theory

The webpages of our individual research groups give more detailed information about the topics on offer, including possibilities in

If your application is related to more than one of the physics sub-departments, there is no need to complete a separate application for each. Please instead select one DPhil course and then add any additional Physics DPhils for which you would like to be considered to your application form, stating the academic’s name (where relevant) and sub-department. Your application will then be assessed for each of the Physics DPhils you have indicated. The information should be added in the ‘proposed supervisor name’ field or, if there is insufficient space, please include this clearly at the top of your research proposal. However, should you wish to apply to a different department or to a particular CDT you will need to submit a separate application for this; information on application fee waivers for CDT applications is available in the Application Guide