Projects Available

This page gives details of all projects currently on offer for research towards a DPhil in Materials Science at the Department of Materials, University of Oxford.

The website lists available projects in two categories, 'Funded Projects' and 'Other Projects'. Some projects listed in the 'Other Projects' section may be suitable also for an MSc(Research) in Materials. In all cases please contact the supervisor(s) for clarification.

Admissions for entry in the academic year 2020/21: 

Open Admissions Field - Deadline:  7th August 2020


Important information for applicants



When completing the Oxford application form, under the 'Supporting Materials' section entitled 'statement of purpose/personal statement', you must list in order of preference up to four preferred research topics/supervisors selected from those advertised on this website. In addition you must include a short statement (up to 400 words) to outline your research interests and indicate the rationale behind your choice of projects. We do not require a research proposal.

For further information see the "How to Apply" section of the prospectus entry for the relevant Materials programme (

If you wish to learn more about a specific project you may e-mail the relevant supervisor.

In the present Materials 'Projects Available' webpages we describe available projects in two categories, 'funded projects' and 'other projects'. Generally the projects do not have specific deadlines, as we intend to consider applicants within the University of Oxford's Graduate Admissions standard application fields. Some of the descriptions on this website are of projects that carry earmarked funding and in these cases the eligibility of home, EU and overseas applicants is indicated. These  classifications as ‘Home’, ‘EU’ or ‘Overseas’ are set by the University.

Normally overseas students will require a visa and, for Materials Science, an ATAS certificate ( More information is given below in our guide for overseas applicants.


Until the middle of March applications will be considered in three fields, as advertised in the Oxford University Graduate Studies Prospectus. Deadlines for the receipt of fully completed applications and references are 12.00 noon (UK time) on: 15 November 2019, 24 January 2020 and 3 March 2020. Applications received after 3 March will be considered on an individual basis soon after receipt. Overseas or scholarship applicants are strongly advised to apply in the November field and home/EU applicants in the January field. In addition, project studentships with specific closing dates may be advertised on our website.

Details of how to apply are found at

Before submitting an application you are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of Materials' Graduate Admissions Administrator ( for advice and assistance.


Please note that funding and places may be exhausted after the first two application fields: applications received after 24 January 2020 will be considered only if places and/or funded projects remain unfilled. We expect to make a small number of offers, to outstanding candidates, following evaluation of the November applications. The remaining good candidates from November will be considered automatically in January, along with the new applicants for that deadline, and we normally expect to offer the majority of available places following evaluation of the January applications.

The Department of Materials strongly advises applicants for scholarships to apply in the first application field (application deadline 12 noon UK time on 15 November 2019), although those who apply in the second field (application deadline 12 noon UK time on 24 January 2020), will also be considered.

One or two EPSRC DTP studentships may be offered to world-class applicants (those of similar quality to successful Clarendon Scholarship applicants) following evaluation of the November applications, but normally we expect to award the majority following evaluation of the January applications. Prior to final ranking, interviews will be held for all short-listed applicants from the November and January gathered fields who are eligible for EPSRC DTP awards. Normally we do not assign Departmental EPSRC DTP studentships to specific projects unless this is advertised in advance on our website. Overall there are many more projects advertised in the 'other project' category than the number of DTP studentships we have available. Hence, in a given year, some of the 'other projects' may be designated as ineligible for DTP funding. These projects are marked with the symbol §. Normally the most able and suitable applicants, as judged against our Graduate Admissions Criteria, are offered the awards; normally subject to a limitation of no more than one DTP studentship per supervisor per year.

PDF UK applications
PDF EU applications
PDF Overseas applications

Further details may be obtained from the Graduate Admissions Administrator:
Tel: 01865 (2)83226;

Funded Projects

Projects in this section carry their own funding (and may require the successful applicant to sign a contract with the sponsor), so finance in the form of a stipend and payment of fees is available to the successful candidate. However, eligibility for funding is in some cases restricted by the applicant's country of legal residence: below and in the detailed description of funded projects we use the term 'citizen' in respect of this country. Please see for information on classifications of Home, EU or overseas.

New projects are added from time-to-time, so please review the list regularly.


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