Applying to Oxford


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Applications for 2021 entry to the CDT at Oxford is now open.

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.

Deadlines for Oxford applications 12:00 midday UK time on:

  • Friday 13 November 2020: Applications more likely to receive earlier decisions
  • Friday 22 January 2021: Latest deadline for most Oxford scholarships
  • Tuesday 2 March 2021

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, and shortlisted candidates will be informed at least a week before their interviews. The interviews can take place face-to-face or by Skype.

Shortlisted candidates will have one 30 minute interview with Oxford staff and will involve mathematical questions, as well as questions about the candidate's motivation to join the CDT. Shortlisted candidates will be expected to come to Oxford for their interviews unless they are overseas, in which case we will arrange Skype interviews. There will be opportunities on interview days to meet with current Oxford mathematics students.

Our selection criteria are:

  • Academic excellence and mathematical ability
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Communication ability (all CDT students will be expected to have business level English)
  • Motivation
  • Ability to work in a group


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: