Doctoral studies

Course details

  • 3 years
  • Full time
  • 6 terms based in Oxford

Our Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) programme is a 3-year full-time research degree and an integral part of the ECI. Students undertake a range of interdisciplinary and international projects which span the ECI's research interests.


Our students are eligible to receive funding through scholarships and bursaries from a wide range of sources, including research councils, consulates and increasingly from industry.

We are part of the NERC and ESRC Doctoral Training Programmes which offer new students the opportunity to apply for fully-funded doctoral training.

How to apply

ECI doctoral students are admitted to the DPhil in the School of Geography and the Environment and become affiliated to the ECI through supervision or by work on an ECI-funded project.

Choosing a DPhil topic

Applicants are strongly encouraged to make contact with a potential supervisor from the list of relevant staff members listed on this page. In discussion with the ECI’s research staff you will be able to refine your own ideas and develop a project that we can effectively supervise. Research staff will be happy to discuss potential DPhil topics aligned with the ECI’s research programmes.

Examples of specific research topics

Applicants might like to view our list of specific research topics to consider and discuss further with the relevant staff. This list is not exhaustive, however, if you wish to develop a research topic outside of this list then please feel welcome to contact a relevant member of staff for discussion. These topics do not have funding attached.