How to apply

Please see the course guide and graduate admissions criteria on the University Graduate Admissions for Engineering Science page, before completing your online application.

To become a member of the University you must also be admitted by a college, so please ensure you also consult college information for graduate applicants.


The application deadlines for graduate study in Engineering Science are provided on the course pages of the University website.

Applicants from overseas are strongly advised to apply by the January deadline for their chosen course in order to meet scholarship deadlines.

All Home/EU applicants for research degrees who apply for graduate study will be considered for the Department's EPSRC awards.

Supporting materials


Your application cannot be considered until your references have been received and it is your responsibility to provide them. Choose referees who can comment on your academic abilities and potential research skills in some detail. Prospective supervisors can make a decision on your suitability to do research only if they know about your academic qualities.

Research proposal

In the research proposal you need only indicate in outline the research you hope to pursue, but note that it should correspond with one of the research areas defined by the Department. You should submit a more detailed proposal only if you have discussed this with your potential supervisor.

The Department does not require the submission of written work.

English language requirements

Prospective students whose first language is not English should note that the following level of competency is required for graduate study in the Department of Engineering Science:

  • IELTS - an overall score of 7.5, with at least 7.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) - an overall score of 110 with minimum component scores of: Listening (22), Reading (24), Speaking (25) and Writing (24).
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - an overall score of 191 (Grade B), with at least 185 in each component.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - an overall score of 191, with at least 185 in each component.

Applications without a valid English language test score will be considered. If an offer of a place is made, it will be conditional on a language test certificate with a score at the required level being provided.

Beginning your studies at Oxford

The academic year begins on 1 October and new graduate students are normally expected to come into residence by that date. All new students will be expected to attend an induction session to be held on or close to this date. Exceptionally, students may join the Department at other times of the year, but for administrative and financial convenience arrival should then coincide with the beginning of a term.


All new students are registered as probationer research students upon joining the Department. A three-person supervisory committee is appointed for each student, consisting of the supervisor, someone from the same or a closely related research group, and a member of a ‘distant’ research discipline. The committee is available to give advice and assistance, but its principal task is to oversee the transfer from probationary to MSc(R) or DPhil status at the end of the first year and subsequent confirmation of status at the end of the second year.

Students are encouraged to attend specialist lecture courses, appropriate to their research topic, which are available at the fourth-year undergraduate and graduate level.

Further information

Graduate Studies Office
Tel: +44 (0)1865 283313