Recognised (Visiting) Student Information

The School of Geography and the Environment will consider applications for the Recognised Student Programme. Recognised Student status is given to graduate research students who are registered with another university and have been admitted by a University of Oxford department to undertake research for their degree for a minimum of one and maximum of three terms (i.e. one academic year). Recognised Students are not affiliated to an Oxford college or hall and will not receive an Oxford qualification or any formal accreditation for their studies here.

This programme at the School of Geography and the Environment is run for outstanding doctoral students who wish to contribute to, and participate in, the work of the School of Geography and the Environment. They will have the active support of an academic advisor from within the School who will give general advice about the research topic, but not systematic instructions, such as reading and commenting on written work, as you are expected to be sufficiently well advanced in your studies to undertake research largely unsupervised. The advisor would expect to see you only two or three times each term and would discuss the work as a colleague rather than as a teacher.

Recognised Students are given the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of activities and are expected to participate in and contribute to the collaborative research culture of the School in consultation with their advisor.

The objectives of our Recognised Student Programme are to:

  • contribute actively to the School's research activities;
  • develop and promote links with other institutions, governments and organisations in the UK and overseas; and
  • provide doctoral students with the opportunity to work with leading academics and professionals.

You will be entitled to use the University libraries, to study/conduct your research in any University department (subject to the agreement of the head of department) and attend lectures. Lectures (including seminars, classes or informal instruction) may only be attended with permission from the lecturer, and those given in any college building are subject to the permission of the college concerned.

Admissions procedures

  • In order to start the application process, you will need to get in touch with the School of Geography and the Environment and obtain provisional agreement from a member of the academic staff who is prepared to act as your Academic Advisor. You can find a list of our academic staff and their research interests on our potential supervisors and topics for DPhil research webpage.
  • Once you have found an academic staff member who is prepared to act as your Academic Advisor, you will need to submit an application form together with a number of supporting documents. Further information and the application form, and details of supporting documents, together with notes of guidance, can be found on the University's Recognised Students webpage and on the Graduate Admissions website.

Information on fees can be found on the University's Visiting, Recognised and Matriculated non-award students webpage.

Please note that there is an application fee of £50.

It is your responsibility to check how long it will take to obtain a visa in your country and to plan the submission of your application accordingly.

You should also ensure that the start of your stay corresponds with the start date of any particular academic term.

Once your submitted application is received, the School will review your application and, if your application is approved, send you an official offer letter and a University contract to sign and return.