Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I apply to do a DPhil (PhD) or MSc?
Please see instructions here. All applicants should apply using the online application form. The application fee is £75 and is paid using a credit card. If for any reason you are unable to submit an application online you should contact us for advice.
2. Should I contact a supervisor before applying?
We encourage all students to contact (a) potential supervisor(s) whose research interest them, prior to submitting an application. Details of the available supervisors and their field of research can be found here.
3. How much does a degree cost?
Information is available here.
4. How many references must I supply?
We require three academic references for an application.
5. What is the minimum academic standard required?
The minimum academic requirement is a Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject with upper second class honors (2.1) or equivalent. Because of the large number of applicants applying, successful applicants typically have or are predicted to get a first class honours degree (1st/70%/GPA3.7) or equivalent.
6. What level of proficiency in English is required?
If English is not your first language you will be required to supply test certificates stating that your proficiency in English achieves a minimum score. Full details of the test certificates accepted and the score level required can be found in the Application Guide.
7. Do you have any funding available?
Yes. Funding is available for DPhil (PhD) and MSc students. We offer full funding for three years for DPhil students and one or two years for MSc students. To be considered for funding you must apply by the early January deadline. Further details on funding can be found here.
8. Can you please send me an offer or acceptance letter?
We are often asked to provide such a letter to students who need it for an application for external funding/fellowships/bursaries etc. We are unable to send out an offer letter until we have received a formal application. However, an application can be made at any time and an offer letter provided promptly, following an interview, if the application is successful. You should identify and contact a potential supervisor and contact us before submitting an application. The application should be made online.
9. Can I follow a course part-time or through distance learning?
No. All our students are full time and resident in Oxford for at least the minimum of three terms (MSc by Research) or six terms (DPhil).
10. What is the DPhil programme?
After a very short induction period, during which basic training is provided, students start a research project in their supervisor's laboratory. Whilst working on their main project, students participate in a skills training programme over the three to four years of their course.This training includes workshops, seminars, symposia, etc. In the first year there is a very small amount of compulsory course work, but there is no compulsory course work in subsequent years. There are distinct structured four year DPhil programmes which involve course work and rotations through 2-3 laboratories in the first year before the main research project begins.
11. What is the MSc by Research in Biochemistry programme?
After a very short induction period, during which basic training is provided, students start a research project in their supervisor's laboratory. Whilst working on their main project, students participate in a skills training programme over the one to three years of their course. This training includes workshops, seminars, symposia, etc. In the first year there is a very small amount of compulsory course work, but there is no compulsory course work in subsequent years.
12. How long does a DPhil take?
The minimum time for a DPhil is two years, however, only a small proportion of students (~5%) submit their thesis within three years. Most students (75-90%) submit their thesis within four years.
13. How long does a MSc by Research in Biochemistry take?
The minimum time for a MSc is one year. Approximately 50% of students submit their Master's thesis at the end of their first year, and about 90% submit within two years.
14. Where can I find out about available projects?
15. Will I be interviewed?
All applicants are initially screened and ranked by a panel of assessors and the most highly ranked applicants will be invited for interview. You will only receive an offer once you have been interviewed.