Graduate FAQ

Which is the most appropriate course for experience of graduate work and life without firm commitment to the DPhil, the MSt or the MPhil?

The normal route to the DPhil is via a Master's degree, either at Oxford or at another institution. It is unusual to be accepted for the DPhil without a Master's degree. Of the two Oxford Master's courses, the one-year Master of Studies is taken by the majority of graduate students on taught courses. When people are doubtful, we tend to urge them in the direction of the MSt. There are usually special reasons for people to choose to do the MPhil instead (for instance, cases where a student, perhaps coming from a very different academic background, needs to acquire substantial specialist skills before going on to the DPhil).



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