PhD

Literature and Arts

Study mode:Part-time Languages: English Duration:4 years
Local:$ 8.8k / 1 Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 13.1k / 1 Academic year(s) Deadline: Jan 20, 2022
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The DPhil in Literature and Arts is an interdisciplinary part-time doctorate offered by the Department for Continuing Education, focusing on a subject in British history between c. 1450 and c. 1914.

Support in making decisions about graduate destinations will be provided by the course team. Many students at the Department for Continuing Education continue to work full-time or part-time while they study. You will also have access to the University Careers Service. 

The DPhil in Literature and Arts is an advanced research degree by part-time research. Usually this course is intended for students who have already completed the MSt in Literature and Arts, although other suitably qualified students who have completed an interdisciplinary master’s degree in the humanities may also apply. Students will often be building on research and skills developed during the MSt in Literature and Arts. 

The DPhil will be awarded on the basis of a thesis of up to 100,000 words and an oral examination. Your thesis will be based on extensive original research and engagement with current scholarship. The part-time DPhil regulations normally require a minimum of four years' part-time study, equivalent to two years' full-time, up to a maximum of eight years part-time study.

Admission is through the Department for Continuing Education. All graduate students on this course will be members of the department’s Graduate School.

Pattern of teaching, learning and supervision

You will be strongly encouraged to participate in seminars and informal meetings with staff and other researchers in the University of Oxford. The major commitment of your time will be to individual study and research, involving wide and intense reading, collection of primary evidence, analysis and writing. You will be expected to attend and to contribute to the wide range of research seminars, conferences and workshops organised in the University. You will also have access to specialist training courses offered by the Bodleian Library and IT services.

Supervision on the DPhil will be provided by two supervisors, usually university lecturers/professors from the Department for Continuing Education and from within the University of Oxford. The two supervisors will be from different disciplines. Your supervisors will help you to develop a programme of research and writing.

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any relevant subject. A good master's level qualification is usually required.

For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA normally sought is 3.7 out of 4.0.

If you hold non-UK qualifications and wish to check how your qualifications match these requirements, you can contact the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC).

No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.

  • Official transcript(s)
  • CV/résumé
  • Statement of purpose/personal statement: 500 to 1,000 words, typically two to four pages double spaced
  • Written work:Two essays of 2,000 words each or one essay of 4,000 to 5,000 words
  • References/letters of recommendation:Three overall, generally academic

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Higher level

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Standard level scores

Higher level scores

IELTS Academic 
Institution code: 0713

7.0 Minimum 6.5 per component  7.5  Minimum 7.0 per component 

TOEFL iBT 
Institution code: 0490

100

Minimum component scores:

  • Listening: 22
  • Reading: 24
  • Speaking: 25
  • Writing: 24
110

Minimum component scores:

  • Listening: 22
  • Reading: 24
  • Speaking: 25
  • Writing: 24
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) 185

Minimum 176 per component

191 

Minimum 185 per component

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) 185

Minimum 176 per component

191 

Minimum 185 per component

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