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How your application is assessed.

Please note that only complete applications, including all required references, will be considered by the Department's Graduate Admissions Committee and the MSc Interview Panel. 

Evaluation of DPhil (PhD) and MSc by Research in Experimental Psychology Applications

DPhil (PhD) and MSc by Research in Experimental Psychology applications are initially evaluated by the named potential supervisor on the online application form.

The Department's Graduate Admissions Committee will then evaluate all applications received for the above two courses of study. The Graduate Admissions Committee consists of three to four academic members of staff from within the department.

This evaluation will give consideration to the applicants' academic track record, research experience and proposal, and references, as well as the level of support from the proposed supervisor. Approximately 40-50 applicants will be shortlisted for interview.

Evaluation of the MSc in Psychological Research Applications

The one year taught MSc in Psychological Research applications will be evaluated by the MSc Interview Panel, which consists of three or four academic members of staff from within the department.

Information for ShortListed applicants

Due to the changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic the interview process may be subject to change.

Graduate Interviews will take place in late January or early February. Applicants should ensure they are available to either travel to Oxford (UK and EU applicants) or to be available for a Video Interview (Overseas applicants only).
 
We are unable to reimburse travel or accommodation expenses.

About The Interview Process

Applicants will be asked to prepare a short PowerPoint presentation relating to a piece of research they have conducted as a part of their undergraduate degree or any other research they have done to date which is relevant to their application to study here at Oxford. 

The presentation should take no longer than 7 minutes and will serve as a platform for the committee/panel to ask applicants questions within their own area of competence.  The whole process (presentation and interview) should take no longer than 20 minutes. A minimum of two academic members of staff will be present at the interview.

Interview using Teams

For a Video interview, applicants will be sent a Teams meeting invite and they will need to have access to a webcam, microphone and a suitably quiet place where they can speak to members of committee or panel without interruption.