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Oxford University PhD Student Reviews

Updated 19 April 2018
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  • "Work life balance is non existent for most science departments, but that is expected" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Expensive to live in and hard to rent a nice house" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Medical Sciences PhD Student"

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

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

    Pros

    If you have a good supervisor, this is an amazing job. Great freedom to pursue your own ideas, the excitement of other people's great ideas, great flexibility and plenty of holiday, more than you'll get in any other job.

    Cons

    You don't earn a lot as a PhD student. You know you could probably have earned more doing any other job. Also, if you have a bad supervisor, it can be hell.

    Advice to Management

    Hire nice people who care about their students lives, not just their output. That's better for everyone and better for research output in the long-run.


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. "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


  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.