Doctoral students in the Computing Laboratory do individual research in Computer Science or Numerical Analysis under the direct supervision of a leading academic expert in their field. The Laboratory's doctoral programme is aimed at developing its students into mature researchers, able to make original scientific contributions that have both practical significance and a rigorous, elegant theoretical grounding. A doctoral degree from Oxford is an excellent preparation for an academic career, advanced research and development in industry, or entrepreneurial ventures.
In Oxford, the Doctor of Philosophy degree is abbreviated D.Phil. but in other respects is equivalent to a Ph.D. elsewhere.
For information about studentships and other funding opportunities, see the section on Scholarships below.
Processing of applications to doctoral programmes in the Computing Laboratory is handled by the University's central Graduate Admissions Office. Applications are considered in a number of distinct gathered fields over the course of the year, each of which has a specific deadline. The University's Graduate Studies Prospectus gives authoritative information about the deadlines and how apply. The Prospectus and application forms are available online or in printed form by post.
Applications should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office, but we request that you also send a brief email note to the Graduate Admissions Secretary to let us know your application is on the way.
All applicants are also encouraged to read the following notes, which the Computing Laboratory has prepared to give guidance specific to research degrees in Computer Science and Numerical Analysis:
Here are some sources of scholarhips for doctoral study at Oxford, and some information about fees. From time to time new scholarships become available, so it is worth revisiting this page regularly.
Most graduate students will look to their college for accommodation, but there are also some University options:
For a guide to life as a research student in the Computing Laboratory and the main rules and requirements for our D.Phil. programme, consult the Research Student Handbook:
Informal enquiries about graduate studies in the Computing Laboratory at Oxford can be addressed to one of the following members of the administrative staff: