Frequently Asked Questions

What type of background should I have?

The majority of our current students have completed an undergraduate masters degree or MSc in mathematics . Successful applicants have also studied theoretical physics, computer science, engineering and natural sciences and we welcome applications from top students in mathematical related subjects. Our students come from all over the world including UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Norway, Romania, Spain, South Africa, and USA.  

Familiarity with a subset of differential equations, numerical techniques, applied linear algebra, scientific computing, discrete mathematics, and mathematical models will give you a good grounding. You may find it useful to look at the background reading list that we send to sucessful students in the summer before they arrive  PDF icon InFoMM Preparatory Reading.pdf

If you are unsure whether your background is suitable for this CDT, please contact for advice.

What does a full scholarship funding entail?

A full scholarship covers all your fees for four years of study. It also includes a maintenance grant of over £14,500 a year which will cover all of your living expenses. The maintenance grant is paid into your account four times per annum. More information on the regular cost of living while studying in Oxford can be found here

Who gets funding?

For the October 2019 start we can offer up to 8 scholarship to students who meet the admissions criteria. At least one of those scholarships has no nationality restrictions. We also welcome applications from students who have secured their own funding.

What are the selection Criteria?

  • Academic excellence
  • Intellectual curiosity 
  • Communication ability 
  • Motivation 
  • Ability to work in a group 

Where can I find details on the course content?

Full details of the course content can be found at

More detailed information on the academic courses can be found here:

When should I apply?

As with most things; the sooner the better. However, it is essential that overseas students apply by the end of January application date to be able to be considered for the full range of funding available.

What areas of maths will the projects involve?

Projects are likely to involve a subset of the following areas:

  • Differential equations,
  • Asymptotic methods,
  • Numerical analysis,
  • Scientific computing,
  • Fluid and solid mechanics,
  • Discrete mathematics,
  • Applied mathematical finance,
  • Data analytics

What qualification do I need for my application to be considered?

We welcome applications from talented mathematicians and exceptional students from other theoretical science subjects. Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class degree (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in mathematics or a related discipline. The requirement for a first class degree with honours can be alternatively demonstrated by a strong degree at master's level.

For applicants with a degree from the USA the minimum GPA sought is 3.7 out of 4.0. If you hold non-British qualifications, you are advised to check how your qualifications match these requirements with the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC)

Do I need to contact potential supervisors before applying?

No, this is not necessary. InFoMM CDT students focus on their courses over the first nine months. When they come to choose their research project from that years profolio, supervisors are already attached to the project.

If my application is succesful I will need accommodation in Oxford, how would I arrange this?

Oxford offers a wide range of accommodation options to graduate students, both privately and within the University, to suit a variety of needs and living arrangements. Many colleges are able to offer accommodation to their graduate students for all or part of their course, you can apply for this when you are offered a college place. The Graduate Accommodation Office lets and manages rooms, flats and houses in and around Oxford city centre, on sites owned by the University, to full-time graduate students. To find further information on graduate student properties, contact details for the team and how to apply for accommodation, visit the Graduate Accommodation Office website. You can apply to the Graduate office before your application receives a decision, if you wish to apply please complete this form.

What is an Oxford College?

Every Oxford University student is associated with a college. The collegiate system is at the heart of the University's success, giving students and academics the benefits of belonging to both a large, internationally renowned institution and to a smaller, multidisciplinary, academic college community. Membership of an Oxford college, as well as a department, can add a whole new dimension to your experience of graduate study. More information on the college system can be found at:

What college will I be associated with?

In your application please state that you have no college preference. After your application is considered the CDT will associate you with a college, taking your opinion into consideration.

The CDT is currently placing students with the following colleges:

  • St Anne's College
  • Mansfield College
  • University College
  • Balliol College
  • Pembroke College
  • Trinity College
  • St Hilda's College
  • Wolfson College

*There is also the possibility that you may be associated with another college.

Where can I find information about the university online application system? 

More information on how to apply can be found at:

I've found a discrepancy between the university website and the InFoMM website?

Our information should be the same as the graduate admissions and funding website, but if you have any questions about discrepancies please email:

You can also ask university related questions on the Any Questions portal: