You are normally expected to have a good first degree or a Master’s degree. It is advisable first to consult the Programme Director, Dr Mark Smith (see
Useful Contacts below) as only a limited number of places are available in each academic year.
English Language Ability
A high standard of English, both written and spoken, is required for participation on this course. Students whose first language is not English should
be aware that proof of their English language ability is required and must consist of one of the Higher Level English Language qualifications listed in
the University’s Notes of Guidance as follows:
• IELTS 7.5; Minimum 7.0 per component [www.britcoun.org].
• Internet-based TOEFL 110 (The TOEFL code for the University of Oxford is 0490). [www.toefl.org]
• Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) B.
How to Apply
The University requires online applications. Paper applications are only acceptable where there is no option to make an online application to the course or in other exceptional cases where it is not possible for you to apply online.
Application Form and Supporting Materials
The application form is obtained by going to the Application and Admissions procedure section of the online prospectus, at Graduate Admissions Office
For a full explanation of application methods, see www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/apply
If it is not possible for you to apply online, a paper application form can be requested from the Graduate Admissions Office. Please email the Graduate Admissions Office at: email@example.com
The Graduate Admissions Office
Oxford OX1 2JD Tel: 01865 270059
Please note that in order to submit a paper application you must be able to pay the application fee by credit or debit card using our online store. If this is not possible, you may pay by cheque or bankers draft drawn on a UK bank account.
Completing Your Application
You must submit an application form and the following compulsory supporting materials. Applications omitting any of these will be delayed.
1. Three references. Note: If you anticipate having difficulty providing three referees who have an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for this programme of study, please contact the Award Programme Administrator for advice.
2. Transcripts of previous higher education results. Note: If it would be difficult for you to obtain transcripts of previous higher education qualifications because of the length of time since you studied or because you have substantial experience but not a degree, please contact the Award Programme Administrator before you submit your application. If appropriate the transcript requirement can then be waived and your application will be processed by the Graduate Admissions Office without undue delay.
3. Current CV/résumé.
4. Two pieces of written work, preferably on a historical subject, each approximately 2,000 words.
5. English proficiency score (if applicable).
6. An outline of your research proposal. Your proposal should consider the following:
• A research question: The central issue or problem with which you intend to grapple.
• Historiography: Some account of the current state of scholarship in this area. You may want to explain why you are dissatisfied with existing scholarship: is it limited, dated or unconvincing? What kind of contribution will your work make?
• Sources: An indication of the kinds of sources you expect to use, where
these can be found, and how they will contribute to your research.
• Method: Thoughts on your approach to dealing with sources and constructing your thesis. Some of the following considerations may apply: Will you be using qualitative or quantitative techniques? Does your approach draw on the questions or methods of related disciplines such as anthropology, geography, demography, art history? Are you applying an existing hypothesis to new data?
Please note that supporting materials cannot be returned, and that no correspondence can be entered into should your application be
unsuccessful. When completing your application form, please note that the six-digit code for the DPhil in English Local History is 000110.
Your completed application form and supporting materials must reach the
Graduate Admissions Office by either of the two application deadlines, 14 March 2014 or 16 May 2014. The course may remain open for new applications after this time, but only if places remain. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Whether you choose to apply online or by post, there is an application fee
of £50. The fee is non-refundable and is payable whether your application
is ultimately successful or not. Your application cannot be processed unless
payment in full is received with your application.
The following payment methods are accepted:
Online applications only:
• Credit card – VISA/MasterCard only.
Paper applications only:
• Sterling cheque – drawn on a UK bank and made payable to
‘University of Oxford’
• Sterling banker’s draft made payable to ‘University of Oxford’.
The Graduate Admissions Office is not able to accept payment by postal
order, electronic bank transfer, or Western Union money transfer.
Submitting your Application
Paper applications should be sent to:
Oxford OX1 2JD
If you have any questions about the progress of your application, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office (tel: 01865 270059; email: email@example.com ); or the Course Administrator, (tel: +44 (0)1865 280154; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is a requirement of Oxford University that Doctor of Philosophy students are matriculated members of the University and one of its colleges. Details
of colleges and halls are to be found on the Oxford University website: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/gsp/colleges or in the Graduate Studies Prospectus
available on request from the Graduate Admissions Office.
Doctoral students based in the Department for Continuing Education are encouraged to apply to become members of Kellogg College. Continuing
education and life-long learning in Oxford have been formally linked to the collegiate system of the University since 1990, when Kellogg College, the
University’s 36th college, was established. Kellogg College caters particularly to the needs of mature and part-time students. Kellogg College is located
at 62 Banbury Road, a short distance from the Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House.
Fees and Funding
Part-time DPhil Students are required to pay annually 50% of the University composition fee for graduate degrees plus 50% of the separate college fee. In 2014-2015 half the University fee is circa £2,000 (EU) to be confirmed. Note that fees are likely to rise each year thereafter, at least in line with inflation. Half the University composition fee for non-EU students has been set for 2014-2015 as £7,205. College fees vary and are not confirmed for 2014-2015 but the part-time half fee is likely to be approximately £1,400 (EU and non-EU).
The level of tuition fees you pay (home-EU or non-EU) depends on your residential category.
If you are a non-European national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK, you may qualify for the home student fee, so long as you (or your spouse or parent) have been resident in the UK for the last three years for purposes other than full-time education.
Please note that UK/EU citizenship is not sufficient to be granted Home status, without also fulfilling the residence requirement. Students who have not been resident in the UK/EU for the last three years may be liable for the non-EU student fee. For a detailed classification of home-EU/non-EU status, please contact the OUDCE Student Adviser on 01865 280355 if you have any queries.
Funding for part-time research students is not normally available from central funding bodies. Some colleges offer financial assistance. Kellogg College, for instance, has set up modest Research Studentships specifically to help students undertaking part-time DPhils.
Please note that, prior to matriculation, all students must provide financial guarantees to their College proving that they have sufficient funds to undertake their proposed course of study.
For information on funding, please visit the OUDCE funding pages: www.conted.ox.ac.uk/students/sourcesoffunding
where you should follow links to `Matriculated courses, Masters and DPhil’ and `External sources of funding’.
See also the Oxford Funding Search: www.ox.ac.uk/feesandfunding/search
Some colleges offer scholarships and other financial assistance and enquiries should be made directly to individual colleges. Applicants to this course planning to choose Kellogg as their college may be eligible to apply for a Cruttenden Scholarship, worth £500 per year over a four-year period for a part-time student. To find out more please visit: www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk/scholarships
For information on Professional and Career Development Loans, see:
or for an information pack call freephone 0800 585 505. Our learning pro-vider registration number is 6434.
Funding for International Students
Oxford University’s International Office has a website with funding informa-tion for international students:
American students who wish to take out a US student loan to fund their
studies can do so through the International Office. Comprehensive informa-tion can be found on the International Office website.
Students from the United States of America should investigate in addition: www.studentaid.ed.gov
Oxford’s International Office can also help with Canadian student loans;
please contact Jenny Carter at email@example.com
for advice. For
further information, please contact the International Office at 01865 270105
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
International students should visit the UKCISA website at www.ukcisa.org.uk/
which gives very helpful general information for overseas students planning
to study in Great Britain.
OUDCE, Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA 01865 270360
Dr Mark Smith, Director of Studies and University Lecturer in Local and Social History 01865 270363
Award Programme Office 01865 270369 / 280154
The Graduate Admissions Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD 01865 270059
Please read our Terms and Conditions
before applying for this course.