Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security

CDT Admissions

Applications are made through the University’s main admissions system. Your application will be evaluated by a group of academic directors, and if you look like a good candidate you will be asked to come to Oxford for interview. A phone/online interview may be possible if travel is difficult


Admissions Criteria

The minimum entry requirements and guidance can be found on the University’s online Graduate Prospectus.


How to apply

Admissions are currently paused this programme of study with a decision due to be taken in early May 2018 if places remain for our October 2018 intake.

You may wish to send in a copy of your CV in the first instance to the programme team and we can provide feedback on your suitability for the programme prior to a full application. CV’s (preferably in PDF format) should be sent to cdt@cybersecurity.ox.ac.uk.

Applications are processed by the University’s central Graduate Admissions Office and when you are ready to make a formal application please apply online here, and clicking on the ‘how to apply’ tab.

This page will also provide you with guidance notes on the university’s application process. There is a standard £75 application fee for applications, however in applying for our CDT programme, you may also submit an application for the DPhil in Computer Sciences without paying an additional application fee. If you want to apply for more than one programme, you will need to submit a separate application for each, along with full supporting materials. For full instructions, please see the Multiple applications section in the University’s Application Guide.

The course code for the Cyber Security DPhil is R4_1

A complete application consists of:

  • A completed application form
  • CV
  • Transcript(s) [undergraduate and MSc if relevant]
  • 3 x Academic References
  • Personal Statement (1000-1500 words). This should explain why you want to study cyber security, and how an inter-disciplinary approach will be a benefit in this context.

[N.B. – there is no requirement for a research proposal for this programme, nor do applicants need to specify a supervisor.]


What happens next

All applicants will be notified via email if they have been successful in being selected for interview. Interviews can be conducted in person or via Skype / Zoom, unfortunately these are sometimes arranged at short notice, it is therefore helpful to list any dates that you are unavailable for interview in the relevant section of the application form.

Things to note

Anyone with suitable qualifications and a real interest in cyber security are welcome to apply for admission. Competition for places is tough, therefore we strongly advise that you ensure you meet the minimum admissions criteria prior to applying.

Funded places are allocated according to rules set by EPSRC. These are as follows:

UK candidates are eligible for a full studentship including a living expenses stipend (£17,053 tax free)

EU candidates are eligible for a a fees-only studentship

If you are not a UK/EU national, and you are accepted, you (or your sponsor) will need to pay full University fees for four years. You will need a suitable visa in order to enter the UK: we will explain how to obtain this, but you will need to allow time for the application process.

As part of the admissions process the University may use a text-matching system. This system screens any written work submitted as part of your application for plagiarism, paraphrasing and collusion. The plagiarism detection system will store on its database any written work submitted for screening. For the University’s definition of plagiarism please see the Graduate Admission’s Application Guide.

Visiting/ Recognised Students

There is not normally space in the CDT to include visiting or recognised students. If space is available, the same admissions criteria will apply as for normal applicants, and the admissions committee will need to be satisfied that the candidate will contribute positively to the experience of the cohort as a whole.