How to apply to the DPhil

Admissions to the DPhil in Public Policy for 2018 entry opened on 1st September 2017.

The first deadline for submission of applications was 19 January 2018, the second deadline is 9 March 2018.

We strongly recommend applying by the January deadline as you can only be considered for University managed scholarships and awards if you apply by this date.

The DPhil in Public Policy is intended for academically outstanding students who are motivated to address research questions with real world policy interest and significance. We are looking for applicants who present an interesting, innovative, and achievable research proposal and can show they are motivated and able to make positive change in the context of policy.

In addition, we also seek evidence of proficiency in the English language (for non-native speakers). Read the full requirements. You are expected to submit an English Language proficiency test by the application deadline. Alternatively, if you would like to be considered for a waiver please submit a request as part of your application - please note that the Blavatnik School has a higher waiver standard than the central university and waivers for the Blavatnik School of Government applicants are usually only granted when an applicant has studied for 3-years or longer in an majority English speaking country, as defined by the UKVI.

Candidates may also be invited to an interview via Skype or on the phone.

You will find detailed information on the selection criteria and how to apply on the Graduate Admissions pages.

Further information

You must submit all supporting materials by the chosen deadline. If the accompanying documentation is incomplete, consideration of the application will be postponed to the following deadline. If you have any questions about the course that are not answered by the DPhil FAQs and the comprehensive Graduate Admissions and Funding FAQs or the Blavatnik School of Government Blog, our Admissions team will be happy to help if you email However, please note that we are unable to provide individual guidance on suitability for the course, and we cannot offer feedback to applicants. This is because we receive a high number of applications and enquiries each year and we are committed to making the admissions process as impartial and fair as possible.

One last thing to remember - each year is a separate admissions cycle and being unsuccessful in one year does not mean that you will also be unsuccessful in the next!