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The Oxford Doctorate Programme at Saïd Business School is looking for talented applicants who are enthusiastic about research and genuinely intellectually curious. If this sounds like you, I encourage you to take a closer look at our DPhil programme.

At Oxford the DPhil is the degree that corresponds to a PhD at most other universities. Our DPhil Programme offers in-depth training in academic research skills that will prepare you to become a productive scholar.

Doctoral training at Saïd Business School will immerse you in all aspects of academic life. We provide courses in a wide range of research methods, and you will work closely with your supervisors (most DPhil candidates are assigned two supervisors) to define your research question and develop your thesis.

You will have opportunities to gain teaching experience, either at undergraduate level through your college or as a teaching assistant on the MBA programme, and to become involved in the intellectual community at the School and in the rest of the university.

DPhil candidates are full members of the research centres and departments with which they are associated. They attend academic conferences, make presentations, organise lectures and seminars, and contribute to management and academic decisions.

If you are accepted on the programme, we will welcome as a student and as a junior colleague.

Start your application for October 2016 entry

The application deadline date is 9 January 2016. To find more information on how to begin your application, please visit our website at

Application requirements

Within the doctorate programme, there are two possible research “pathways”.

The financial economics pathway embraces subjects such as asset-pricing and corporate finance, the design and regulation of securities markets, corporate financial policy and the impact of financial markets on real economic activity.

The management research pathway focuses on using quantitative and qualitative methods in the wider field of management studies.

We accept only the highest calibre candidates with the motivation to pursue a career in academic research. You should have at least a 2.1/3.5 GPA or equivalent in an undergraduate degree. If you are following the management research pathway, you are expected also to have achieved a distinction in a master's degree.

Scholarships and funding

Over 90 percent of DPhil students receive full-funding over four years, which includes tuition fees and a living stipend. The Admissions Office will help identify a suitable scholarship for you during the course of your doctoral application. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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