Timetable and Funding

Oxford Graduate Music: Application timetable and funding information

If you wish to be considered for funding you need to apply to the January application deadline.  In 2018 this deadline is noon (UK Time) on Friday, 19 January 2018.

Interviews, usually only for those applying for the DPhil programme, will take place during Hilary Term, with the bulk of interviews taking place in the week starting Monday, 5 February, 2018. Some interviews will make use of Skype. If you are going to be invited for an interview you will be contacted by the Academic Administrator.

Available funding

St Cross College  invites applications for a scholarship for a doctoral research degree in Music in the academic year 2019-2020 – More information available on the webpage below:

https://www.stx.ox.ac.uk/prospective-students/funding-support/academic year 2019-2020 for a doctoral research degree in Music

The Faculty of Music hopes to fund at least a few new doctoral students in the 2018 admissions round—via either AHRC awards or Clarendon awards. Overseas applicants should strongly consider applying for an Ertegun award.

Any remaining funding capacity will be used to fund incoming MSt or MPhil students, or existing doctoral students who are not currently funded. These remaining funds will be limited to Home/EU applicants only, and the Faculty will award them based on academic merit.

One such opportunity is an AHRC-funded DPhil studentship based at the Faculty of Music of Oxford University and St Anne’s College, in collaboration with the Academy of Ancient Music. The doctoral project is intended to provide a new context for understanding Beethoven’s orchestral output (not limited to symphonies) through a new focus on appropriate 18th and early 19th repertoire.

Home/EU applicants to Masters courses may also be eligible to apply for additional awards based both on financial need and academic merit. Any such awards will be made by the Faculty in consultation with the Humanities Division. Information about further bursaries can be found here.

Some Colleges have specific awards available, although in almost all cases the Faculty will recommend a student for these and the student will, if successful, become a member of the college in question, even if they did not specify that College in their original application. Colleges known to have or have had such awards include Linacre, Christ Church, St Cross, and St Catherine’s.

St Cross will be offering the Paula Soans O’Brian Scholarship in the Arts and Humanities for DPhil entry in 2018-2019 – the webpage is below at:


In addition, the College will again be offering two MPhil scholarships in the Humanities for entry in 2018-2019 – the webpage is given at:


When will I hear from Oxford about funding?

We aim to complete interviews for those being considered for funding on the strength of their applications by Friday, 9 February 2018. Subsequent to the interviews, the Faculty of Music will nominate a small number of candidates for funding. All nominations are subject to confirmation by the Humanities Division, so a nomination is no guarantee of funding. Final divisional confirmation of funding awards should be sent out by the third week of March 2018. Applicants who do not hear from the Faculty of Music by the end of March 2018 are highly unlikely to be awarded funding

Certain events that affect funding outcomes but are not controlled by the Faculty may take place after the end of March. If, for example, a Music AHRC or Clarendon awardee is subsequently successful in a competition for another substantial award (such as an Ertegun award), or a Music awardee declines to take up their place at Oxford, Music awards may fall to reserve candidates and, in some cases, to those beyond the initial reserve.

 College involvement

Whenever a funding award made by the Music Faculty is linked to a college, the Faculty will negotiate with that college on behalf of the student who is thought best to fit the relevant award. An awardee’s college preferences may therefore be overridden. Nonetheless, a first-choice college typically will not release a student to another college unless the place at the other college comes with substantial linked funding.