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History (History of Science and Medicine & Economic and Social History) DPhil

University of Oxford

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

About the course

The DPhil in History (History of Science and Medicine and Economic and Social History) is an advanced research degree, awarded on the basis of successful completion of an individual research thesis and an oral examination. You will focus on one aspect – either History of Science and Medicine or Economic and Social History, not both.

If studying full-time, you are expected to submit your thesis three, or at most four, years from the date of admission. If studying part-time, you are expected to submit your thesis six, or at most eight, years from the date of admission.

You will be expected to attend and to contribute to the wide range of research seminars, conferences and workshops organised by the division and faculty. You will also have access to specialist training courses offered by the Bodleian Libraries and IT Services. Your supervisor will advise you on what seminars will be more beneficial for your chosen research area. You can attend any lectures, across the University, that you wish to (subject to any specific restrictions), and we encourage students to take advantage of this and explore areas outside of their specific research topic.


Your thesis will be based on extensive original research and engagement with current scholarship. You will be expected to pass Transfer of Status by the end of your first year on the course, and Confirmation of Status in your third year (these deadlines are doubled for part-time students). These milestones are designed to ensure that you have identified a sound research topic and timeline for completion, as well as giving you the opportunity to receive feedback from academics in your field. They will also help prepare you for your viva voce examination when you have submitted your thesis.

Graduate destinations

A survey of the destinations of doctoral students who completed theses in 2001 shows that about half are in academic posts in nine countries; some are working in museums, or as freelance historians; others are primarily in higher administrative positions. in the civil service, university administration, banking, occasionally in publishing or law.

A preliminary survey of those who completed their doctorate in 2011 shows that around 40% are currently in academic teaching or research positions on collaborative projects or as Junior Research Fellows.

Students in specialised streams such as the history of science, history of medicine, and economic history are more likely than others to find employment in museums, medical schools or finance.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 25,900per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    2nd out of 90

  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    189 97%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84.0 84%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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