DPhil in Migration Studies

We are pleased to announce the newly launched DPhil in Migration Studies led by COMPAS and based in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME) and Oxford Department of International Development (ODID).

This course offers the opportunity to undertake an interdisciplinary in-depth project focused on a specific and important contemporary challenge facing the world by drawing on excellent research departments, centres and scholars.

Applications from prospective part time and full time students are now open.

About the course

As a DPhil student you will undertake your own original research project under the guidance of your supervisor, with whom you will typically meet two to three times a term. The supervisor will help develop and guide your project and, at later stages, provide feedback on chapter drafts. However, you will work to a significant extent on your own, and you will need a high level of motivation and self-discipline.

Academics from COMPAS and the RSC, as well as SAME and ODID can offer supervision in a wide range of subjects, including: linking newly emergent economies in China and India to new flows of people, the multiple dimensions of mass mobility at the heart of Europe’s ‘migration crisis’, or the interface of new urban science and the dynamics of migrant settlement.

You will also benefit from established research and teaching programmes on migration, each with particular focus on collaborating with non-academics and generating research ‘impact’. The DPhil programme offers the opportunity to link research training to research practice at both research centres.

You will be admitted initially as a Probationer Research Student (PRS), with full-time students transferring to full DPhil status by the end of their first year and part-time students transferring by the end of their second year.

During the probationary period, you will develop and begin work on your thesis topic. You will be offered training in relevant research methods, language, computing and other skills. You will also have the opportunity to attend lectures, seminars and classes in your general topic area. Full-time students are expected to be resident in Oxford for the probationary period.

In terms of research methods training you are likely to have already completed appropriate research training at Master’s degree level, either within Oxford or (when recognised by appropriate research councils) another University. There is a joint ‘Quantitative Research Methods for Migration Studies’ course on the MScs in Migration Studies and Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and separate ones in qualitative methods. Graduates who have followed this route will therefore have completed the necessary training. We expect students new to Oxford to attend and pass this course unless they can demonstrate equivalent research training or experience.

Further details

For more information read this this blog post about applications for 2020-21 entry by DPhil Course Director, Carlos Vargas-Silva.

All the technical information on what the course includes, entry requirements, and the application process can be found on the University of Oxford’s Graduate Admissions page.

There are various funding sources available but we draw your attention to the Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships Migration Pathways, particularly for Home and EU students.

The potential supervisors for the DPhil in Migration Studies at COMPAS are:

Application deadlines

  • Friday 15 November 2019
  • Friday 24 January 2020