Frequently asked questions
See the main University of Oxford Graduate Studies pages for guidance on your application and links to the online form.
The deadlines for both the the DPhil in Pharmacology and the MSc(Res) in Pharmacology are 6 January 2017 although later application may be considered if places are available.
A minimum of an upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent for non-UK students) primarily in a biological or chemical science, but applications from high-calibre candidates with mathematical and physical science backgrounds would be welcomed.
English is the language of instruction for all programmes offered at Oxford and it is mandatory that all theses or examination papers are written in English. The University has approved both a standard and a higher level of required ability in English and departments may select which is most appropriate for the individual research programme of study concerned.
For the DPhil in Pharmacology, the higher level of required English is mandatory. If your first language is not English, you must supply suitable evidence (an original certificate that is not more than two years old and issued by the responsible body) that you have reached the relevant standard before you may be offered a place.
You should nominate referees who can provide an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for your chosen programme of study. The University will accept professional references, if these are relevant to the programme of study, but personal references, such as those from family and friends, are not acceptable.
There are two categories of fees at Oxford: fees payable for University tuition, and separate college fees that are payable by most students with college membership. In addition to this you should budget for various living costs, including accommodation and meals. The University fees for 2017/18 for the DPhil and MSc(Res) in Pharmacology are:
Home/EU full-time: £4,250
Overseas full-time: £19,335
College fees will be £3,021 in 2017/18 for all students. Please note that fees will usually increase annually – click here for more guidance. The University of Oxford Graduate Studies pages have more information about costs, including an online calculator.
Information on available scholarships can be accessed here.
St Cross is also currently accepting applications for the E.P. Abraham Scholarship from students who will begin studying for a DPhil research degree in the chemical, biological/life and medical sciences for entry in October 2018.
All candidates accepted by the Department are guaranteed a college place. You can state your college of preference on your application form or the department can select a college on your behalf. Once the Department has accepted your application, the college will review your application and if it cannot offer you a place, your application will be referred to another college.
There are a wide range of colleges in Oxford. They range from the old, traditional colleges with a mix of undergraduates and postgraduates to newer, more informal colleges some of which are only for graduates. Some colleges are large with 300 or more graduate students; others are smaller with only 100 graduate students. Some colleges are located in the centre of Oxford within walking distance of the Department of Pharmacology, whilst others are a cycle-ride away.
Once your application has met all the University entry requirements by the Graduate Admissions and Funding Office, it is ‘released’ to the department for evaluation. Applications are then initially evaluated by the named potential supervisor(s) on your application form who then recommends you for short-listing. Short-listed applicants will then be interviewed by a panel from the Department including the Director of Graduate Studies and two or more academic members of staff.
You be asked to prepare a short presentation relating to a piece of research you have done as a part of your undergraduate degree or any other research you have done to date which is relevant to your application to study here at Oxford (please bring your presentation on a memory stick). The presentation should take no longer than 10 minutes and will serve as a platform for the committees to ask you questions within your own area of competence. The whole process (presentation and interview) should take no longer than 30 minutes. Interviews for international candidates can be conducted via Skype.