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The cost of study at Oxford falls into two categories

1. your annual course fee

2. your living expenses in Oxford

Other fees to support your application may include English language tests and/or a visa.

Funding Opportunities

While some of the projects we advertise will have their own funding specific to that project, the majority are competition funded. This means that successful applicants will be put forward for funding for the project they have applied to, but they will be in competition with other students for a small number of studentships. If you are not successful in getting a funded studentship, you will still be able to take up your place on the DPhil in Oncology, but you would need to source your own funding to cover your tuition fees and living expenses.

The University offers a variety of scholarship programmes based on academic excellence, to give the brightest applicants from around the world the opportunity to pursue graduate study. 

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Academic Futures is a series of scholarship programmes that will address under-representation and help improve equality, diversity and inclusion in our graduate student body. You simply need to submit your completed application by the 9th December deadline and, if you are eligible, you'll automatically be considered. Please take a look at the website for eligibility criteria and further information.


Most scholarships cover the cost of your course fees and also provide a stipend, a monthly allowance to cover your living costs. The typical length of a DPhil or PhD programme is three years. For all DPhil courses within the Medical Sciences Division at Oxford we automatically allow you four years to complete your studies. We only charge tuition fees for three years, so you will not have to pay any additional fees for this extra year, but your funder may only pay a stipend for three years. You will need to think about how you will cover your living costs for the fourth year when deciding how long to take to complete your DPhil. If you receive an offer of funding through the University of Oxford, it will be clearly indicated on your funding letter how many years of stipend you will receive. If you find funding externally, you may wish to ask your funders how many years they will provide a stipend for.