Frequently Asked Questions
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In exceptional circumstances the start can be delayed. It is discouraged though as you would miss the induction events which happen in October and help students settle into Oxford.
The proposal should make it clear which area of probability and statistics you would like to work in. If you have a clear idea about what you would like to research, then you should detail that in the project proposal. It is very common not to have a firm project in mind when applying. In that case a paragraph or two about what you find exciting is completely sufficient.
If you are looking into other funding opportunities then you should make sure that you make their deadlines. In that case you should apply for the midday UK time January deadline. Oxford funding is mostly assigned in January to March, and in that process applications received for the DPhil in Statistics by the January deadline will also be considered for funding if the applicant fulfils the eligibility criteria.
You will be given the option of how to attend the interview when being invited but it is expected that most interviews will be online.
The processing of applications takes about two weeks from the application deadlines, so you are unlikely to hear from us until two to three weeks after the application deadline. Depending on availability you may only hear from us a few days before the interview days. For interviews we would contact you so that we can arrange a time which works for you.
Doctoral students who suspend for maternity leave are entitled to 26 weeks paid leave regardless of their current funding situation at the research council stipend level. In those cases where both the mother and father are students, this financial support can be shared if it enables the female student to return to study in the department. Funding is available for students in years 1-4 of their programme. More information can be found on the MPLS division's site for graduate students.