Studying in the Department

Meet our Students

  • Amanda

  • Bhagya

  • Caspar

  • Gabrielle

  • Gaudenz

  • Michael

We are a small, friendly department, based in Wellington Square. Students are an important part of the community and come from all over the world and from a variety of backgrounds. Some study to develop academic research and skills for use in practice and policy settings, but we also have experienced practitioners (for example in social intervention and social care, psychology, health care, education, law, mental health) wanting to become more skilled in the use of high quality research methods to inform decisions about practice, policy and funding. Explore our e-brochure to hear from some of our students or to read about the work carried out by our research students on their profile pages.

As well as joining the department, students become members of a college. College life is a key part of the Oxford experience, and provides students with a base in which to meet and network with other scholars with similar interests.

Academic excellence

We have a multi-disciplinary, international body of academic staff teaching in the department, who are experts in their field. During your time at Oxford, you will be exposed to their expertise through lectures and classes. Small teaching groups mean that students have the opportunity to learn a great deal from staff as well as from each other. In addition, all students have an academic supervisor, and benefit from the opportunity to form a closer relationship with that member of staff. This is an important relationship, as your supervisor will guide you through your intellectual development.

Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre

The University of Oxford is one of 21 centres of postgraduate excellence accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). As well as awarding more than 50 studentships a year to outstanding students, the DTC enhances the doctoral experience of more than 1200 postgraduate researchers (MPhil and DPhil) studying on 18 different accredited pathways across the social sciences in Oxford. Through the DTC, research students have access to the highest quality research training and professional development opportunities. For more information visit the DTC website. 

Further information for current students

Information for students currently studying in the department is available via weblearn.