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 now open for this programme of study. You may wish to send in a copy of your CV in the first instance and we can provide feedback on your suitability for the programme or you may go ahead and make a full application directly. CV’s should be sent to cdt@cybersecurity.ox.ac.uk or via our contact us page.

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.]

We are now accepting applications from students who wish to join us in October 2017.

What happens next

All applicants will be notified via email if they have been successful in being selected for interview.

Things to note

Anyone with suitable qualifications and a real interest in cyber security are welcome to apply for admission. In order to avoid wasting your application fee, you should ensure that you meet the admissions criteria.

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 (£16,557, 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.