DPhil fees and funding

Undertaking the DPhil means not only committing a large amount of time, but also quite a lot of money. So if you are thinking about applying for a DPhil, you are probably also considering the cost of studying for three years. The two main questions for any prospective applicant are:

1. How much money will I need?

There are three types of expense to budget for each year when calculating the cost of your graduate study:

  • University tuition fee: The annual fee for the DPhil in Public Policy in 2018/19 can be found on the Graduate Admissions pages under 'Funding and Costs'
  • College fee: The college fee covers academic facilities and other services provided by your college. The college fee does not include accommodation or meal charges and is payable in addition to the University tuition fee. 
  • Living costs: the 2018/19 estimated living costs for a graduate student at Oxford can be found on the University living costs pages.

More information is available on Graduate Admissions and Funding fees and funding page.

There are a lot of ways to meet your financial needs - some of them more direct, some others more creative.

2. How am I going to pay for my studies?

We are committed to ensuring that the financial burden of undertaking the DPhil does not discourage the brightest and best applicants from applying to our programmes. Nonetheless, undertaking the DPhil can be a significant financial commitment for many students, and many candidates offered a place will require some form of financial assistance. We expect all applicants in need of financial aid to explore all funding opportunities available to them, including through their own governments, private sponsorship, and scholarship or bursary opportunities. You should investigate all possible funding routes available to you as early as possible. In fact, some scholarship schemes have deadlines before the DPhil application deadline, so do stay alert! 

Funding from the University

Many of our students have been successful in receiving University Scholarships such as Clarendon awards. You will automatically be considered for the majority of University scholarships for which you are eligible.

External funding

There are many different external scholarship or funding schemes available to students, with a diverse variety of eligibility requirements. We are proud to say that a significant number of our students have been successful in applying to some form of external scholarship or financial award.

Browse our webpages on funding support to find some tips and resources that will help you navigate your fundraising journey.