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Oxford DPhil Programme in Management Studies

Oxford DPhil Programme in Management Studies

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

We only accept online applications through Apply Yourself. Transcripts and other supporting documentation must be scanned and uploaded to the application form. Please note that the School’s form is different from the Graduate Application Form, used by the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions Office for other graduate-level courses.

How do I identify a supervisor? Do I need one before I apply?

You should look at our faculty listings and identify one or two whose research interests match your proposed area of research. You may contact them direct via email if you wish, but it is not necessary as supervisors will be assigned during the admissions process.

Having contact with a member of faculty prior to application does not guarantee you admission as final decisions are made by an admissions committee and not individual members of faculty.

I started my application for the DPhil programme last year but did not submit the form. Can I carry on using the same application form when I am applying for the following year's intake?

No. You will not be able to carry on using the same form for the next years’ application.

When should I apply?

The deadline date for admissions is in January each year for entry in the following autumn. 

Applications after the deadline date will not be accepted.

I submitted my application before the deadline but have not yet had a confirmation. Does this mean you have not received it?

You should receive an automated response from Apply Yourself confirming the submission of your application.  We will then be in touch as soon as we can to advise you whether any additional documentation is required and provide an update on the status of your application.

How many students do you admit each year?

We aim to take on board around 8-12 candidates each year for doctorate training.

How long is the DPhil programme?

The DPhil Programme is a three or four year programme, which may extend to five years.

Do you offer any distance learning or part-time doctorate programmes?

The DPhil programme is offered on a full- time basis. We do not run any distance learning, online or part-time doctorate programmes in the School.

Do I have to take the GMAT/ GRE test?

Yes, all candidates are required to take the GMAT or the GRE test. It is mandatory to sit all sections of the exam.

Please ensure that the test scores are forwarded by GMAC  /  ETS to the Saïd Business School. GMAT/ GRE scores will not be valid if they are more than five years old on the application deadline date.

What level of English is required by the School?

If your first language is not English*, you must supply suitable evidence that you have reached the relevant level before submitting your application.

Minimum Score 110 7.5

Minimum required on each component:

Listening - 22

reading - 24

Writing - 24

Speaking 25


Waivers: The requirement to provide proof of English language proficiency may be waived, at the discretion of the University, in cases where you have successfully completed a full-time degree-level course of a minimum of nine months at a recognised institution where the medium of instruction and assessment is entirely in English.

If you wish to apply for a waiver to the English language requirement, you must:
Click on the relevant option at the TOEFL/IELTS section of the application form indicating that you would like to request a waiver of the English Language Test requirement for one of the following reasons:

(a) You have completed a degree in a majority English speaking country.*
As evidence we will review the transcripts you submit with your application.
(b) You have completed a degree at a recognised institution where the medium of instruction was English.
As evidence we will require either that the transcripts you submit with your application state that the sole language of instruction was English
an official letter from your university stating that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English. This letter must be also be uploaded to the TOEFL/IELTS section of the on-line form.

*List of majority English speaking countries as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Guyana

Exchange programmes/ distance learning/ on-line courses can not be considered for the waiver.

The institution code for ordering your official TOEFL score sheet from ETS is 0807. There is no department code, this can be left blank.

If you choose to take the IELTS you need to sit the Academic test. If you sit the TOEFL it must be the general test.
TOEFL and IELTS scores will not be valid if they are more than two years old on the application deadline date.

Please note that we reserve the right to request a test of English to be taken at any time.

Is there a minimum degree/GPA level requirement?

If you are applying for the Financial Economics route, we require a First or Upper Second (equivalent to US GPA 3.5 or above) in your first degree. For the Management Research route, applicants should have a masters degree in a relevant subject (normally a Distinction). However, high scores do not guarantee entry into the programme. The Admissions Committee will be looking at all aspects of your application before making a decision.

What kind of written works are you expecting to see in my application?

We would ask you to submit a personal statement of approximately 500  words discussing why you want to do a DPhil, why in Oxford, the field of your research interests, preferred supervisors (if known) and your post DPhil plans.

We also require a piece of written work for assessment (approximately 2,000 words). You should pick a topic which is related to your chosen area of study. If you wish, you may use an extract from a longer piece of work (e.g. dissertation) or an essay. Please note that it must be purely your own work and not a group publication or an article that has been written in collaboration with others.

In addition, you will be asked to provide us with a research proposal of approximately 2,000 words. You should outline your research topic,discuss your approach and identify intended sources.  If you wish you may include a preliminary timetable. You need to outline your motivation for selecting this topic and state why, in your opinion, the proposed work would make a significant and original contribution to the field. You should consider originality, substance and feasibility while preparing the proposal.

How many references are required?

You will need to provide us with three academic references. If you are presently studying towards a University degree, one academic reference must be provided by a member of faculty at your current institution.

Please note we only accept online recommendations.

Are all applicants interviewed?

No. Applications are short-listed by the DPhil Admissions Committee and successful candidates are then invited for interview.

Do I have to come to Oxford for an interview?

If you are selected for an interview, you will be invited to come to the School. If it is not possible for you to have a face-to-face interview, we will arrange a Skype interview. 

Who will conduct the interviews?

Your interview will be conducted by two members of the Saïd Business School faculty. Final decisions are made by the DPhil Admissions Committee. 

Who can I speak to about admissions?

You can reach the Admissions Office by completing a 'Request for Information' form. We are happy to answer any questions.

I have submitted a 'Request for Information' form to the Admissions team. Why have I not heard anything?

We aim to answer your inquiries as quickly as possible. At busy periods the volume of queries and applications we receive means that it may take a few days for us to respond.

May I submit my application before I have taken my English language test or GMAT/GRE?

No. You must take the tests in advance of the deadline and submit the results with your online application form. If not, your application will be deemed incomplete and it will not be forwarded to the attention of the Admissions Committee for consideration.

My TOEFL/IELTS language result is below the minimum score. Will you accept this for the DPhil programme?

No. You must achieve the minimum scores to be considered for the programme. This is a strict University requirement and we are unable to consider applicants whose TOEFL/IELTS scores do not reach the indicated minimum criteria.

If I am unsuccessful in my application, will you give me feedback about the decision?

It is the policy of the University of Oxford not to offer feedback regarding application decisions.

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