Application Procedure


Application Procedure for all candidates 

All applicants are required to follow the University guidelines on the admissions process:

The  next round of applications will open on 1st September 2014.  The deadline for receipt of applications will be 23rd January 2015. (see also "When to Apply" in the Application Guide by the university Graduate Admissions Office.) 

The fastest, most efficient and preferred method of application is via the secure online application form.  If however, you wish to apply using a paper application form, you are able to download this, together with the accompanying Notes of Guidance from the main University website here.  You will need to upload a personal statement in which you should indicate which of the three streams is of interest to you.

Programme Code (or course code)

The course code for the DTP in Environmental Research is 004005.  

Supporting materials

You will be required to upload the following documents to your application:

"Discuss a research problem within the remit of the DTP in Environmental Research, briefly outline the information required to solve it and suggest a line of research that – if conducted – could fill this knowledge gap." 


The following colleges have indicated that they will be accepting students onto the DTP, please include one of these colleges on your application unless you already have an established relationship with a college and would prefer to remain there.  In this case you should gain the agreement of the college office and then contact GAF to update your embark application form with the correct college choice.

Jesus College        (Physical Climate & Biodiversity (no plants))
Linacre                 (All Streams)
Oriel                     (Physical Climate & Biodiversity)      
Pembroke             (All Streams)
St Anne's              (Biodiversity & Dynamic Earth)
St Edmund's Hall   (All streams)
University College (Dynamic Earth)
Hertford               (Biodiversity, Dynamic Earth)
Queen's               (Biodiversity)
St John's              (Biodiversity, Dynamic Earth)
Merton                 (Biodiversity)

Applying for other programmes of study

The DTP is not the only route by which you can apply to study for a D.Phil programme in these departments. 

If you wish to apply for a D.Phil in Earth Sciences or to study Climate Physics in Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics, then you should apply to the DTP only.  These departments have requested that all applicants for their D.Phil programmes should be routed via the DTP.

For all other related programmes of study, such as a specific project in e.g. Zoology you should complete a separate application form for each programme.  You should then contact Graduate Admissions and Funding at this address to request a waiver for the additional application fees.   Related programmes of study for the DTP in Environmental Research are:

D.Phil in Archaeological Science
D.Phil in Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics
D.Phil in Earth Science
D.Phil in Geography and the Environment
D.Phil in Plant Sciences
D.Phil in Zoology
DTP in Interdisciplinary Biosciences
D.Phil Life Sciences Interface DTC
D.Phil Systems Biology DTC
D.Phil Systems Approaches IDC

Overseas Applicants

There is very limited funding for overseas students on this programme of study; however there are also a number of other university and college scholarship opportunities that you can apply for separately. It is highly recommended that you apply for these as early as you can, even before submitting your application to the programme. Further details and specific deadlines can be found at