The Department of Social Policy and Intervention offers a DPhil in Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation 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 and policy evaluation research.
Topics related to the world leading expertise of our supervisors may focus on: social problems such as: poverty, violence, mental health, substance misuse, educational disadvantage, delinquency, health and economic inequality, support vulnerable groups for example refugees, elderly people, troubled children, as well as those affected by HIV and AIDS, specific programmes and policies such as parenting and family interventions; and violence prevention, as well as evaluation methodology: cross-cultural adaptation of interventions, research transparency and systematic reviewing.
The varied research portfolio of staff is organised within the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention and its research groups.
Students starting the DPhil following a 1-year MSc usually finish after 3-4 years. The graphic below gives an impression of the usual DPhil trajectory. For more detailed information please consult our GRS Handbook. The DPhil programme in Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation is also available on a part-time basis. The part-time version of the degree has the same high standards and requirements as the full-time degree, but spread over 6-8 years. The degree is particularly well suited for students who are seeking the flexibility of part-time study. Part-time study also provides an excellent opportunity for professionals to undertake rigorous long-term research that may be relevant to their working life. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more detailed information about the programme please have a look at the sections below: