DPhil Training & Resources

We aim to offer a supportive environment in which our DPhils can develop as researchers interacting with a diverse community of scholars. You will be assigned a supervisor, often two. In addition there is a Director of Graduate Studies and a dedicated Course Director for the doctoral programme available to students for more general support.

The School holds a weekly seminar series at which DPhils take turns to present their work and benefit from peer feedback. Research students generally have access to a dedicated study area on return from the field.

Other resources available to our DPhils are listed below. In addition, see the Funding pages for details of available on-course financial support.

Training and resources

The Social Sciences Division and its departments run a range of research and professional skills training for DPhil students and early career researchers. Full details are available here.

Students with caring responsibilities

The School is mindful of the fact that students may have wider caring responsibilities and that such responsibilities may affect study. Students are encouraged to discuss their specific needs with their supervisors. Where possible, the School is committed to trying to make arrangements that help students to make good progress with their studies. For example, if needed, the School will do its best to make available a private space for nursing babies. A small box of books and toys is available in the common room at 43 to entertain young children for a short period of time, for example while a parent uses the printer.  

For further details on University provision in relation to student parents please see information on University support.


The School accommodates the Tylor Library, the main anthropology subject library, consisting of a number of different rooms in 51-53 Banbury Road. Registered students may borrow most books, but not journals and certain other materials. The Pitt Rivers Museum and Centre also has its own library (the Balfour Library), of interest to anthropologists.The Bodleian Social Sciences Library is also available (Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford).

Opportunities to teach

The School has occasional opportunities to provide teaching experience for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers who have completed the necessary training.

To find out more about training, contact the Social Sciences Division who organise training sessions each term depending on demand. These are usually held during nought week.

Postdoctoral options

The School supports postdoctoral and 'early career' fellowships from internal applicants.

Careers and job seeking

The School welcomes applications for Postdoctoral Associate status from those in their first two postdoctoral years. This status can be helpful in making the transition to employment.