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October 2016 entry

Doctoral Training Programme

The University of Oxford expects to have a number of full NERC studentships for 2016 entry as a part of the move to Doctoral Training Programmes.

In Oxford, these studentships will be available to support research students across the full remit of NERC's research portfolio, which includes the full breadth of research activities in Earth Sciences.  

These studentships are open to home applicants, or EU applicants who have lived in the UK for three years or longer.

Oil and Gas (NERC Centre for Doctoral Training)

The University is a core partner in the UK's first Doctoral Training Centre in Oil and Gas. We expect to have three studentships available for 2016 entry in Oxford.

For these studentships, we can consider Home and EU applicants.  International applicants can only be considered if they are able to cover the fee differential.

STFC Studentships

The Department expects to have at least one STFC-funded studentship for 2016 entry. These are open to home applicants, or EU applicants who have lived in the UK for three years or longer. 


To keep up with news and updates, please follow us on Twitter (@OxUniEarthSci and @OxfordEnvRes), or look on the DTP website  

Before submitting an application

Please ensure you contact the project supervisor to discuss your proposed project.  A list of Faculty and their contact details can be found here.


Most interviews will be held in late February or early March 2016.

Details of the interview format will be provided later, but typically an interview may last for up to half an hour.  During this time your application will be discussed in detail, and you may expect a challenging conversation with panel members.  However, we hope you may find this a stimulating opportunity to discuss your work.

We will also try and arrange for you to meet with your potential supervisor and discuss project-related matters with them.

We hope you will enjoy your visit to the Department. 

For international or EU candidates unable to come to Oxford, a Skype interview will be arranged.

Further Details 

We will welcome applications from those with, or working for first degrees,or Masters-level degrees, in

  • Earth Sciences
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Engineering
  • other related subjects.

We would encourage applicants to contact a potential supervisor prior to application.  This is essential if you are not applying to a listed project.

UK students are eligible for full support, and a range of support will be available for EU and international students.

Please follow the appropriate link below for further details on how to apply:

Please contact Emma Brown with any queries. 

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General information on graduate admissions for the University of Oxford can be found on the main university website.

Multiple Applications 

You may submit multiple online applications to different programmes in a single admissions cycle, although you may only apply to any individual programme once per cycle. Details of how to submit multiple applications are available in the 'Instructions' section of the Embark online application form.

If you want to apply for more than one programme, you will need to submit a separate application for each, along with full supporting materials and the application fee.

However, where Centre for Doctoral Training (CDTs) or Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) have associated non-CDT DPhil programmes, it is possible to submit up to two additional applications for related courses from a set of permitted options without paying additional fees.

Please note that you cannot apply to more than one non-CDT DPhil without paying further application fees.

The permitted options will depend on the course you select in your initial application and are listed on the individual entries in the Course Guide. Once you have submitted an application to your first programme, please request a fee waiver from Graduate Admissions and Funding using the online query form, stating which further programmes you intend to apply to. Applicants wishing to make multiple applications for non-CDT DPhil programmes or any programmes which are not included in the permitted options will need to pay a separate fee for each application.