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DPhil in Continuing Education

University of Oxford

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The Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Continuing Education is an exceptional arrangement that enables admission to part-time doctoral studies to outstanding applicants under the supervision of a member of academic staff of the Department for Continuing Education.


Successful applicants will have a very strong record in their previous higher education, show a great aptitude for research through their academic proposal and display strong potential to pursue independent study and research to the highest level over an extended period of time. There is an expectation that applicants will be prepared to work independently and to have considerable personal motivation. They are expected to read widely and in depth throughout their studies and to show the ability to think about and critique current theoretical and/or empirical thinking in their chosen area of study. It is hoped that the final thesis might substantially advance theoretical thinking in addition to broadening the empirical base within its area of study. Successful applicants will be expected to attend and to contribute to the wide range of research seminars, conferences and workshops organised in the University.

Admissions to the DPhil in Continuing Education require approval from the University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education). The designation ‘Continuing Education’ is used for administrative purposes and does not relate to subject content or appear on the degree certificate. The DPhil is otherwise governed under the University Examination Regulations applicable to research degrees, the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and the part-time research degrees in the Department for Continuing Education.

Programme Structure

Students admitted through this DPhil are expected to complete their studies in a minimum of four years (12 terms) and a maximum of eight years (24 terms). Students are required to attend a minimum of 30 days of university-based work each year for the duration of the studies, to be arranged with the agreement of the supervisor(s).

Students on this DPhil can only conduct their studies part-time. No full-time mode of study is available under this exceptional arrangement.


Many students continue to work full-time or part-time while they undertake their doctoral research. The DPhil may enhance professional practice, career prospects and help secure promotions and other opportunities. Support about graduate destinations will be provided by supervisors and other staff associated with the Graduate School. You will also have access to the University Careers Service. 


The supervision team for a student admitted through this DPhil involves at least one academic from within the Department for Continuing Education, usually of Associate Professor or Professor rank. This academic will normally act as the main supervisor, although the supervision team may also include one or more co-supervisors from other departments (subject to the relevant department’s approval).

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications:

  • A master's degree with distinction overall, or a distinction grade on the dissertation as a minimum, in a discipline relevant to the proposed area of study; and
  • A first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in any discipline.

For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA normally sought is 3.7 out of 4.0.

If your degree is not from the UK or another country specified above, visit the University's International Qualifications page for guidance on the qualifications and grades that would usually be considered to meet the University’s minimum entry requirements.

As this is a part-time DPhil, it is anticipated (although not required) that many applicants will have professional experience in a field relevant to their area of study. No publications are expected or required.

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939 - 1530 GBP /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


You will be automatically considered for the majority of Oxford scholarships, if you fulfil the eligibility criteria and submit your graduate application by the relevant January deadline. Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or potential.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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