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Oxford University PhD Student Reviews

Updated 24 January 2018
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  • Work life balance is non existent for most science departments, but that is expected (in 18 reviews)

  • Oxford is very expensive to live in, particularly on a PhD stipend (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing university"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment as a PhD student, lovely city

    Cons

    Expensive to live in and hard to rent a nice house


  2. "Engineering CDT DPhil Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good student stipend on an EPSRC CDT program, unique college/university lifestyle and opportunities

    Cons

    Some colleagues are too strongly influenced by industry partners, and there is too much distraction from academic pursuits


  3. "PhD"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -good training
    -nice working evironment
    -good teamwork
    -reputation of University
    -generous scholarship

    Cons

    -crowded working space
    -poor work life balance
    -no extras
    -expensive and poor food
    -individual career development


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  5. "Good city to do PhD in (Chemistry), but £££"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Oxford is a fantastic and almost unique city (other than Cambridge) in the UK - nowhere else is quite like it. Facilities are largely excellent and modern, quality of research is high. For a city steeped in history, it is also well-equipped with more "modern" amenities (decent shops, leisure facilities etc) and is within striking distance of the capital.

    Also huge numbers of extra-curricular opportunities. Genuinely, whatever your interest, from volunteer teaching to harry potter, there is a club for it.

    Careers department is top class.

    Cons

    Oxford is a very expensive place to live, which combined with the inevitably average student funding can make it a bit challenging.

    Within my department, whilst most facilities are good, some are decidedly lacking. This is primarily due to questionable running of facilities by university bureaucracy (e.g. refusing to fund a laboratory freezer being a recent highlight).


  6. "Scientific research at the University of Oxford"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The University of Oxford provides a great research community with excellent research facilties.

    Cons

    Housing and child care in Oxford are very expensive.


  7. "Perspective of a PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You can choose your own hours and the rate at which you work. You are a bit of a combination of a student and a worker, allowing you the benefits of both. You have almost complete freedom over the work you do - to an extent. If you love your subject, you have almost unfettered ability to explore it.

    Cons

    You can never know if you are working enough, and you are unguided. It's a blessing and a curse to set your own pace and choose your own work. You are also very much at the mercy of your supervisor, you need to pick this carefully. Being both a student and a worker gives you the negatives of both, too!


  8. "PhD student DTP"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great facilities for science and fantastic networking opportunities

    Cons

    Culture of arrogance and elitism pervades every aspect of the Uni.


  9. "Graduate studies at Oxford"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student (Fully Funded) in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student (Fully Funded) in Oxford, England
    Recommends

    Pros

    Recognized name, great infrastructure for students, colleges provide excellent facilities.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is bad: as a PhD student you are expected to work all the time, with few holidays.


  10. "PhD Studentship"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student (Fully Funded) in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - PhD Student (Fully Funded) in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to live, access to world leading academics and equipment. Supportive environment for personal development.

    Cons

    Lack of career progression opportunities; poor work life balance as a PhD student. Some support staff act as 'gatekeepers' to equipment, preventing and/or delaying research.


  11. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student (Fully Funded) in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student (Fully Funded) in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent working conditions, great faculty great students. Would do the PhD again.

    Cons

    No major downsides I can think of, except you might get bored in Oxford after a while.