How we assess DPhil applications

Read the form we use to assess every DPhil application:

Assessment of Application for Graduate Study

Applicants may request to see the contents of this assessment form under a Freedom of Information request.

Name of Applicant 
Course Applied ForDoctor of Philosophy in Geography and the Environment
Assessor's name 

Please note Divisional guidelines for supervision is a maximum of 8 students for Statutory Chairs and Associate Professors without tutorial fellowships and 6 for those with.

Please tick relevant box :
Bachelor resultsMid 2.1 or below
High Upper Second (2:i) or equivalent
Low First Class or equivalent
Solid First Class or equivalent
Outstanding First Class or equivalent
MastersLow Pass or equivalent
Merit or equivalent
Distinction or equivalent
Achieved: Predicted:
Written workStrong undergraduate-level work
Demonstrates signs of postgraduate-level analytical and critical acumen
Consistent postgraduate-level analytical and critical acumen
Some signs of doctoral-level work
Consistent signs of doctoral-level work
ReferencesSignificant reservations
Lukewarm, noncommittal support
Generally worded support, or suggesting strong rather than outstanding applicant
Convincingly strong support with reference to relevant academic skills
PreparednessGenerally short on background knowledge and skills
Serious lack of subject-specific or relevant training
Gaps in background knowledge which could be remedied by judicious or guided reading
Solid background, but applicant may require specific training
Excellent background knowledge
Has published work on the topic
Has published peer-reviewed work
ProposalGeneral indication of interests only or badly conceived project/overworked subject
Project requires honing and development but has clear potential and viability
Well-conceived and viable project which also demonstrates the applicant's potential
Promising and original project, seemingly matched by the applicant's strengths
Academic FitNo or very little synergy with research conducted in the school, centre and/or by individual supervisor(s)
Considerable synergies with research conducted in the school, centre and/or by individual supervisor(s)
Very significant synergies with research conducted in the school and/or by individual supervisor(s)
Assessment Comments

Please detail any contact you have had with this applicant

Please indicate if you are willing to supervise this applicantYes / No
Overall RecommendationPlease make use of full marking scale. Those assessing multiple applicants are asked to rank these via email to the Research Degrees Co-ordinator. Ranking should take account of all applications you have assessed in the November and January admissions rounds.GradeTick relevant box
Offer - very strong applicant, likely in top 10% of applicant pool2
Offer - outstanding applicant, likely in top 5% of applicant pool1

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If you have any questions about the University's application process you are strongly advised to contact the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions Office, tel: +44 (0)1865 270059, or by e-mail: taking particular care to follow the instructions in the automatic reply, in the first instance.

If you have any further questions that have not been answered by the information provided above then please contact the at the School of Geography and the Environment.