Applying to Oxford

Applications for entry in 2023 are now open

Click here to start your application to Oxford

(Your main supervisor must be based at the University of Oxford  if you apply here)

In your application:

  • Don't worry about listing the funding you are applying for. We will automatically consider CDT applicants for all the different types of CDT funding.
  • Select College: "I have no College Preference"
  • Your statement of purpose should be between 1-2 pages in length and written in English. It will be assessed for the following criteria:
    • Your motivation for applying to the CDT.  
    • Your relevant experience and education.
    • The specific areas that interest you.
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Deadlines for 2023 Oxford applications 12:00 midday UK time on:

  • Friday 6 January 2023
  • Wednesday 1 March 2023

Guidance from the university admissions office for the application

Interviews and Selection

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place within 4-6 weeks of application closing dates.

Shortlisted candidates will have one or two 30 minute interview with at least 2 members of Oxford staff.

The interview will involve mathematical questions, as well as questions about the candidate's motivation to join the CDT.

Our selection criteria are:

This course is taking part in a continuing pilot programme to improve the selection procedure for graduate applications, in order to ensure that all candidates are evaluated fairly. For this course, the socio-economic data you provide in the application form will be used to contextualise the shortlisting and decision-making processes where it has been provided. Please carefully read the instructions concerning submission of your CV/résumé and optional contextual statement in the How to apply section of the admissions page, as well as the full details about this pilot.


The CDT has fully-funded studentships, covering all fees and providing a maintenance grant to support living expenses for the four years. We will automatically assign students to funding and no separate application for funding is required.

Do I need to contact potential supervisors before applying?

No, this is not necessary. CDT students choose their research project and supervisor by the end of their first term.

If my application is successful I will need accommodation in Oxford, how would I arrange this?

Oxford offers a wide range of accommodation options to graduate students, both privately and within the University, to suit a variety of needs and living arrangements. Many colleges are able to offer accommodation to their graduate students for all or part of their course, you can apply for this when you are offered a college place. The Graduate Accommodation Office lets and manages rooms, flats and houses in and around Oxford city centre, on sites owned by the University, to full-time graduate students. To find further information on graduate student properties, contact details for the team and how to apply for accommodation, visit the Graduate Accommodation Office website. You can apply to the Graduate office for accommodation before your application receives a decision.

What is an Oxford college?

Every Oxford University student is associated with a college. The collegiate system is at the heart of the University's success, giving students and academics the benefits of belonging to both a large, internationally renowned institution and to a smaller, multidisciplinary, academic college community. Membership of an Oxford college, as well as a department, can add a whole new dimension to your experience of graduate study. More information on the college system can be found at: