The Faculty is now able to accept a number of students for part-time study towards a DPhil. Part-time students are fully integrated into the research culture of the History Faculty and afforded all the same opportunities and support as full-time students, and are expected to take full advantage of these opportunities.
A candidate's supervisor and the co-ordinator of part-time studies, currently the Regius Professor of History, are available to advise part-time students on how to access research and training provision. However, it may not always be possible to offer the part-time study mode in very specialized areas of research (i) where supervision could only be provided by specialists from outside the History Faculty, or (ii) where there is a real and substantial risk that the relevant expertise may not be available within Oxford for the full period of study of up to eight years.
Although there will be no requirement to reside in Oxford, part-time research students must attend the University on a regular basis (particularly in term-time) for supervision, study and skills training. The Faculty appreciates that part-time research students will have non-standard attendance and work patterns. Research degrees are not available by distance learning. To ensure a comprehensive integration into the Faculty's and University's research culture and with their full-time peer groups a pattern of attendance at training events and research seminars would form part of the general part-time study agreement as well as the individualized arrangements between supervisor and student.
It is generally not possible for a candidate to register for a part-time degree if:
- he or she requires a student visa for study in the United Kingdom, as current visa policy only allows registration for full-time study. The Short Term Student category is not appropriate for the course. (However, a candidate who is classified as 'overseas' by virtue of nationality and visa status, but who is employed in the UK with a work permit, may be able to register for a part-time degree, providing the extent of their current visa is greater than the minimum duration of the programme which is six years.) If a student accepts a place on the course it is on the understanding that they are able to be resident in the UK and it is their own responsibility to ensure that their visa permission will last for the duration of the course.
- he or she resides more than a few hours' travelling time from Oxford. University and Faculty reserve the right to reject applications where insufficient evidence has been given of a candidate's willingness to engage as fully as possible with the academic life of the faculty, department and college. The Faculty will not normally approve an application for part-time study requiring travel of more than four hours' total journey time to meet the basic attendance requirements.
Part-time research students are expected to use the University's online Graduate Supervision System to report termly both on their individual progress and their participation in the University's academic life.
If an applicant is in employment, they must provide a letter from their employer stating they may take time off if necessary to attend the University as required for the duration of the course, before the Faculty can confirm their offer of a part-time place.
Please note that the University expects that students, once enrolled for full-time or part-time study, do not seek to change their mode of study in subsequent years.