Projects Available




This page gives details of all projects currently on offer for research towards a DPhil degree at the Department of Materials, University of Oxford.


The website lists available projects in two categories, 'Funded Projects' and 'All Projects'.
Some projects listed in the 'All Projects' section may be suitable also for an MSc (Research) degree. Before submitting their application MSc(Research) applicants are requested to contact the supervisor(s) for clarification.


Admissions for entry in the academic year 2022/23:
January Gathered Field – Deadline: Noon (UK time) 21 January 2022



Important information for Materials applicants


When completing the Oxford application form, in the 'Supporting Documents' section entitled 'Statement of purpose/research proposal/personal statement', Materials DPhil applicants must list in order of preference up to four preferred research topics/supervisors selected from those advertised on the present webpages, while Materials MSc(Research) applicants must list in order of preference up to two preferred research topics/supervisors selected from those advertised on the present webpages. In addition you must include a short statement (up to 400 words) to outline your research interests and indicate the rationale behind your choice of projects. We do not require a research proposal.

For further information see the "How to Apply" section of the prospectus entry for the relevant Materials research degree programme.

If you wish to learn more about a specific project you may e-mail the relevant supervisor.

In the present Materials 'Projects Available' webpages we describe available projects in two categories, 'Funded Projects' and 'All Projects'. The former includes only projects with earmarked funding. Generally the projects do not have specific deadlines as we intend to consider applicants within the University of Oxford's Graduate Admissions standard application fields.

Some of the descriptions on this website are of projects that carry earmarked funding and in these cases the eligibility of Home/Republic of Ireland (ROI)/Islands and International applicants is indicated. EU applicants are included in the International category. These categories and the associated fee status classifications of ‘Home’ or ‘Overseas’ are set by the University.

Normally International students will require a visa and, for Materials Science, an ATAS certificate. Information is provided via the the University's Visa and Immigration webpages. Further information is given in our guide for International applicants (see below).


Until early March applications will be considered in three gathered fields, as advertised in the Oxford University Graduate Studies Prospectus. Deadlines for the receipt of fully completed applications and references are 12.00 noon (UK time) on: 12 November 2021, 21 January 2022 and 1 March 2022. Applications received after 1st March will be considered on an individual basis soon after receipt.

International applicants, applicants for scholarships and applicants for our funded projects are advised to apply in the November field, although they still will be considered for scholarships and any unfilled funded projects if they apply in the January Field. 

Home/ROI/Islands applicants who are not applying for scholarships or projects with earmarked funding are advised to apply in the January field.

In addition, project studentships with specific closing dates may be advertised on our website.


Details of how to apply are found in the Application Guide

Before submitting an application you are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of Materials' Graduate Admissions Office ( for advice and assistance.


Please note that funding and places may be exhausted after the first two application fields: applications received after 21 January 2022 will be considered only if places and/or funded projects remain unfilled. We expect to make a small number of offers, to outstanding candidates, following evaluation of the November applications. The remaining good candidates from November will be considered automatically in January, along with the new applicants for that deadline, and we normally expect to offer the majority of available places following evaluation of the January applications.

Funded projects will remain advertised until we have received a firm acceptance from a candidate to whom the project has been offered.


Some of our annual quota of EPSRC DTP studentships may be assigned to specific projects; these 'earmarked' DTP studentships are advertised in our 'Funded Projects' list. Normally any offers for these earmarked studentships will be made to suitable applicants, as judged by our Graduate Admissions Selection Criteria, from either the November or the January gathered fields. If a suitable good candidate for a project with an earmarked DTP studentship is identified in the November gathered field the studentship may be offered to that candidate without considering applicants in the January gathered field. For each earmarked DTP studentship, prior to final ranking, interviews will be held for all eligible applicants shortlisted for that project in the relevant gathered field. Normally we do not assign DTP studentships to specific projects unless this is advertised in advance on our website.

EPSRC studentships that are not either advertised or offered under our 'earmarked' scheme normally will be offered to suitable good applicants for projects advertised in our 'All Projects' list. One or two of these studentships may be offered to world-class applicants (those of similar quality to successful Clarendon Scholarship applicants) following evaluation of the November applications, but normally we expect to award the majority following evaluation of the January applications. Overall there are many more projects advertised in the 'All Projects' category than the number of DTP studentships we have available. Hence, in a given year, some of the projects may be designated as ineligible for DTP funding (this will be indicated within the project advert). Prior to final ranking  interviews will be held for all shortlisted applicants eligible for our non-earmarked EPSRC DTP studentships.

Normally the most able and suitable eligible applicants, as judged against our Graduate Admissions Selection Criteria (see 'Entry Requirements'), are offered the awards; depending on availability, normally subject to a limitation of no more than one DTP studentship per supervisor per year.




Home, Republic of Ireland, and Islands Applicants 


International Applicants (Includes EU applicants) 


Further details may be obtained from our Graduate Admissions Office:
Tel: +44 1865 283 226; email: .

Funded Projects

Projects in this section carry their own funding (and may require the successful applicant to sign a contract with the sponsor) - finance in the form of a stipend and payment of Course Fees is available to the successful candidate. However, eligibility for funding is in some cases restricted by the applicant's country of legal residence: below and in the detailed description of funded projects we use the term 'citizen' in respect of this country.

Information is available on fee classifications for Home/Republic of Ireland (ROI)/Islands and International students.  EU students are included in the International students category.

New projects are added from time-to-time, so please review the list regularly.