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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. 

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.

Our Graduate Admissions Committee consists of three to four academic members of staff from within the department.

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 the MSc Course Director and two or three other academic members of staff from within the department.

Interviews

Shortlisted DPhil and MSc by Research applicants will be interviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee (GAC) and shortlisted one year taught MSc in Psychological Research applicants will be interviewed by the MSc Interview Panel. A minimum of three academic members will be present at the interviews.

All applicants will be notified of the Committee/Panel's decisions as soon as possible after the interviews.

Information for ShortListed applicants

Graduate Interviews will take place in late January or early February. Applicants should ensure they are available to either travel to Oxford (Home & EU applicants) or to be available for a Video Skype 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.

Interview using Skype

For a Video Skype interview, applicants will need to install Skype software (available to download from the web), have access to a webcam, microphone and a suitably quiet place where they can speak to members of committee or panel without interruption.