Supervisor Eligibility

Update: The Division has decided that all DPhil students need two supervisors. This is important to ensure resilience in the supervisory team and improved support for students.

We will be requiring all students admitted this year to have secondary supervisors identified by the end of Michaelmas term. We are asking all projects advertised to have at least one other supervisor identified, whether a secondary supervisor or a co-supervisor.

There are three categories of supervisor:

Every student must have a primary and a secondary supervisor. They may also have a co-supervisor. If a co-supervisor is a PI then they can count as the secondary supervisor. If a co-supervisor is a post-doc or an early-career fellow then another senior secondary supervisor is needed.


To be eligible to be the a supervisor of a research student, supervisors must meet the following criteria:

1. Have own grant income or the ability to cover the project costs

2. Have previously supervised a student to completion successfully (either at Oxford or elsewhere)

3. Have a record of recent publications (i.e. within the last 5 years)

4. Have a contract of employment to the completion of the student’s studies, or work with a co- supervisor whose contract lasts to the completion of the student's studies. This ensures that the student would have a continuity of supervision should one supervisor's contract end.