Social Intervention Doctoral study

The Department of Social Policy and Intervention offers a DPhil in Social Intervention and welcomes graduate students from across the world to apply for our unique Oxford PhD. Doctoral research students are an important part of our academic community, and they will be fully involved and immersed in the life of the Department. We are the top-ranked Social Policy department in the UK, and second globally.

The Department welcomes DPhil candidates who are interested in a wide range of areas of social intervention research. 

The varied research portfolio of staff is organised within the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention and its research groups.

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The Department's approach to graduate study emphasises the student’s ability to work independently to explore and develop their of research under an academic supervisor (or two co-supervisors). Each member of academic staff has expertise in particular areas of social policy and students are accepted for a DPhil only if there is an appropriate supervisor available.

As a doctoral student, you will be offered a graduate programme for doctoral researchers and  tailored to your individual needs as agreed with your supervisor. In addition to individual supervision, the Department offers a large and diverse range of seminars, workshops and advanced training opportunities in order further to enhance graduate research experience. Further training and exchange opportunities are provided by Colleges and the University. 

You can find out more about methodology here.

DPhil students are also members of a college which provides opportunities for exchange with other students and fellows across disciplines. Oxford colleges offer a unique academic community. Student college membership ranges across the University as the Department has an association with a large number of colleges.

The Department, Colleges and University provide several scholarships for DPhil students. Please consult the information provided here.

Many graduates of the DPhil programme in Social Intervention go on to pursue academic careers in world-leading research universities, while other alumni hold influential positions in government, non-governmental and international organisations such as the World Bank, the World Health Organisation, and the UN. Read about some of our alumni such as Matt Morton and Sean Grant.

For details on how to apply see here.

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