Frequently Asked Questions

Funding

Am I eligible to be considered for EPSRC funding?

  • If you are a UK national who has been residing in the UK for the past three years you are eligible to be considered for a full EPSRC award which will cover fees at the home level and a stipend. If you are an EU applicant who has been residing in the country for the past three years you are also eligible for a full award. If you are an EU applicant who has been residing in an EU country for the past three years you are eligible to be considered for a fees only award. You can find out more on the University of Oxford's funding and scholarship search.

I would like to apply for a taught MSc, am I eligible to be considered for EPSRC funding?

  • EPSRC funding is only available to students applying for doctoral studies.

I have applied to a specific college on my application form but would now like to change my preference due to funding reasons, is this possible?

  • Once you have chosen a college on the application form or stated that you would like to make an “open” college application it is not possible to change your choice. We recommend that you research what funding opportunities our colleges offer before making your college choice. You can find out more about college funding opportunities using the University of Oxford's funding and scholarship search.

Applications

Can I apply to more than one graduate course?

  • You are welcome to apply to multiple courses. Each course has its own independent admissions panel.

What will happen if my referees cannot submit their references in time for the deadline?

  • We require that at least two of the three references arrive by the deadline, there is some flexibility with the third reference which should arrive no later than 48 hours after the deadline. Your references are an important part of your application and you will be reliant on your referees to submit their references on time. Therefore, it is recommended that you give your referees plenty of notice prior to the deadline.

I am experiencing technical difficulties with submitting my application, what shall I do?

Previous study

Am I eligible to apply for an English Language waiver?

  • If you have studied at a recognised English speaking institution for a year or longer you will be eligible to apply for a waiver. However, having studied at an English speaking institution does not guarantee that the waiver will be granted.

I am currently studying for an MSc at another institution and would like to apply for further post-graduate study at the Mathematical Institute. There are no academic results available from my current studies at this stage, can I still apply?

  • Yes, you can still apply by providing any transcripts from your previous years of study. If an offer is made to you an academic condition may be set on the offer relating to your current course of study.

DPhil enquiries

Do I have to have a specific research proposal in mind before applying?

  • We do not expect our applicants to put together a specific research proposal before applying for the course. A research proposal can be put together after a student is admitted to the course and has spent time discussing their research with their supervisor. However we do expect our applicants to have an idea about the area/group in which they would like to perform their research.

Can I apply to more than one research group?

  • Applicants can apply to more than one research group in their application, however it is recommend that you try to keep the number of groups you choose to a minimum.

Do I have to approach a prospective supervisor before applying?

  • It is not mandatory to approach a prospective supervisor before applying. However, if you have any research specific queries or if you would like to consult with a member of Faculty over the possibility of supervision you are welcome to contact them directly via email.

Can I study for the DPhil. in Mathematics part-time?

  • The DPhil. in Mathematics is not offered as a part-time course.