Applying to Oxford

Our course is now closed for applications for 2024/45 entry.

We will re-open for 2025/26 entry applications in early September 2024. You will then be able to apply via the How to Apply tab on Mathematics of Random Systems: Analysis, Modelling and Algorithms (Centre for Doctoral Training) | University of Oxford.

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.

Interviews and Selection

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

Shortlisted candidates will usually have one 30-minute interview with at least 2 members of Oxford academic staff.

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


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:

Where can I find out more information about submitting an application?

You may find the following guidance webpages from the university's Graduate Admissions Office useful:

Who should I contact if I have any more questions?

You can email the Random Systems CDT administrator at if you have any further questions.