New DPhil in Area Studies Launched at Oxford

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The School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) is proud to announce the launch of a new and distinctive DPhil in Area Studies to complement its existing world-renowned master’s programmes. Applications for our doctorate will be accepted from September 1st 2016, for entry in October 2017.

The School is recognised as one of the world’s foremost centres for research and teaching in Area Studies, offering specialist postgraduate courses covering Africa, China, Japan, Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe, India and South Asia, and the Middle East. SIAS hosts the largest department of Area Studies scholars anywhere, engaging with both theoretical and empirical debates to deliver ground-breaking research that shapes a better understanding of contemporary global challenges. In the recent REF, the School’s submission was rated as the most impressive in terms of volume of research that was judged to be world leading (4*) – by a considerable margin. Building on these firm foundations for success, the department offers a vibrant and dynamic educational environment and we are very excited to be adding the DPhil in Area Studies to this impressive portfolio.

Our DPhil is a research doctorate designed to turn students into scholars. Its distinctive approach will provide the opportunity to undertake a project dedicated to the study of a specific country, a particular region, or to create a comparative perspective of more than one country or region from across the School’s area-based programmes and Centres. Throughout their time studying for the DPhil in Area Studies, the department’s doctoral cohort will be part of an international community of students, tutors, researchers, and practitioners from across the School that engage with Area Studies, as well as with relevant disciplines from the Social Sciences Division and the University as a whole.

For more information, please visit the course pages of the School website or email

Full details about the application process and the application form will be available on the University’s Admissions webpages from 1st September 2016.