Research degrees

The department offers DPhils (the Oxford PhD) in Social Policy or Social Intervention with a number of scholarship opportunities, and welcomes students from across the world. Research students are an important part of the department’s community, and we hope that you will be fully involved and immersed in the life of the department. You will benefit from being at the cutting edge of research being undertaken by your supervisor, and from opportunities to attend seminars and network with leading scholars from across the globe.

For an overview of DPhils in Social Policy and Social Intervention, and more information about studying with us and to hear from students and staff studying on the courses please visit the e-brochure. To read about the work carried out by our research students, visit their profiles.

DPhils in Social Policy and Social Intervention

The DPhil is a degree examined solely by thesis, prepared under the guidance of a supervisor appointed by the Department's Graduate Studies Committee. The department offers supervision for two DPhil degrees:

  • DPhil in Social Policy
  • DPhil in Social Intervention

Oxford’s approach to graduate study emphasises the student’s ability to work independently to explore a new line of research under an academic supervisor. Students are only accepted for a DPhil in the department if there is an appropriate supervisor available. Each of our academics has expertise in a particular area of social policy or social intervention. Information about subjects on which staff would welcome DPhil applicants is available on the Academic and Research Staff page.

Students are expected to complete the research degree within three to four years. More information about the way that you will progress through your studies is available.