Applications for 2018/19 entry are now CLOSED.
The SBM CDT has funding for at least 19 DPhil (PhD) students per year. We encourage applications from students with a strong background in a relevant chemical sciences subject, and welcome applications from UK, EU and international students.
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We assess applications and offer places to the SBM CDT throughout the year. Applications to the SBM CDT are considered independently from other applications you may wish to make to the Department of Chemistry. Information on additional courses and interview dates can be found here.
We encourage applications from everyone, regardless of sex, marriage or civil Partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race (including ethnic or national origin, nationality or colour), disability, sexual orientation, age, or religion or belief. The University of Oxford's institutional Equality and Diversity policies can be found here.

1. Visit the Admissions Website for more information, including the course’s Entry Requirements.
2. Email your CV to the SBM CDT Programme Administrator to assess your suitability for the course before submitting a full application if you’re still unsure.
3. Prepare all required supporting documents:
  • a CV/résumé
  • 1000-word Personal Statement, focussing on your interest and experience of your proposed field of research rather than personal achievements, interests and aspirations
  • Transcripts detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date
  • 3 Academic/Professional References: you will be required to submit contact details for 3 referees
4. And please note:
  • The course code for this programme is R12_1
  • Leave college choice open on the application
5. Read the University’s Application Guide.
6. You’re ready to submit your application!

For information regarding the SBM CDT, please contact our Programme Administrator, Ms Laura Thomas.
If you have any generic questions regarding the University’s application procedure, please contact Graduate Admissions.

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UK and EU students will be eligible for fully-funded studentships, subject to normal EPSRC rules, including a stipend (currently £14,553 p.a.) throughout their 4-year course.
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All fully-funded offers that we make to EU students for 2018 entry will be honoured for the duration of the course, even after the UK leaves the EU. More information on the implications of Brexit for the University as a whole can be found here.
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We welcome applications from overseas (non-EU) students but unfortunately we cannot offer funded places; however, there are a number of funding opportunities that you can apply for separately. It is highly recommended that you apply for these as early as possible or even before submitting your application to the programme. In addition, there are a number of highly competitive University scholarships (please see link below).
As an international student who is in the UK for the first time, I find SBM CDT extremely helpful and exciting: meeting students from a diversity of backgrounds, being guided by supportive academics who are top researchers in their fields and being trained in various thoroughly structured courses and projects.
Yaoyao Xiong, 2014 Cohort
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