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October 2015 entry

This page will be updated shortly for 2015 entry.


Doctoral Training Programme

The University of Oxford expects to have a number of full NERC studentships for 2015 entry as a part of the move to Doctoral Training Partnerships.

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.

We expect to recruit students across all areas ranging from palaeobiology to volcanology; from deep Earth seismology to physical oceanography; and from sedimentary basins and mountain-building to biogeochemistry and climate change. 

To apply to start a postgraduate research degree in Earth Sciences, you will need to apply for the 'Doctoral Training Partnership in Environmental Research' - the full details of which are available on the web at At this stage, we are not limiting the competition to specified research projects, and we welcome applications and expressions of interest from any well qualified students with an ambition to work in a world-class research environment in the Geosciences. 

Oil and Gas (NERC Centre for Doctoral Training)

The University is a core partner in a recently successful bid to host the UK's first Doctoral Training Centre in Oil and Gas (see We expect to have three studentships available for 2015 entry.

Full details can be found here.

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 2015 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  

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.