How to Apply to the PDE CDT

The recent virtual open day can viewed. Please do watch if you are thinking of applying.

Selection Criteria

Information regarding the selection criteria and also the interview process is available at the graduate admissions PDE-CDT course site.

Available Funding

The CDT has up to 15 studentships available in each cohort, of which funding is available for up to 12.

UK and EU candidates are eligible for full-fee studentships. In addition, UK candidates and up to 3 EU candidates are eligible for an annual stipend.

Funding is available for overseas candidates, with one funded studentship for 4 years covering fees and an annual stipend.

Please apply by the 19th January deadline if you would like to be considered for any centrally administered funds. In the case of the CDT this applies to one of the international/ EU funded places.

Your application will automatically be assigned to any available CDT specific funding, there is no need to apply separately.

The CDT is happy to receive applications from candidates with their own funding.

Application Process

Full details of how to apply to the CDT are given on the University of Oxford's graduate admissions site and applications will only be considered when received through the University of Oxford's postgraduate admissions system.

Please leave your college choice as being open. After your application is considered the CDT will associate you to a college taking your opinion into consideration. The CDT is currently placing students at Keble College, Queen's College, St Hilda's College, Pembroke College, and Magdalen College, although you may be placed at another college.

The CDT has a number of application deadlines, these being 12 noon UK time (midday) on:

Friday 17 November 2017
Friday 19 January 2018
Friday 9 March 2018

Later applications may be considered if places are still available.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview normally two to three weeks after the admissions deadline. The CDT aims to give one weeks' notice prior to interview.

If invited, you can expect to be interviewed by at least two people. The interview could take place face-to-face, by telephone or Skype. The interview will consist of questions in light of your application and supporting documents against the assessment criteria and there will be technical mathematical questions. If being interviewed by Skype it is useful to have some paper and a marker pen to hand to show your answers.

Any queries can be directed by e-mail to

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