Doing a Doctorate at OCLW

Studying with OCLW

The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing is a Research Centre, not a Faculty or a College. (Please click here for a basic explanation of the different responsibilities of the Colleges and the University Faculties.) We are based at Wolfson College and most closely affiliated to the Faculty of English (although we also have links with other Faculties). But as a Research Centre, we do NOT offer ANY teaching, neither undergraduate nor postgraduate, at OCLW. We simply exist to support research at all levels.

If you are interested in studying life-writing as part of a course at the University of Oxford, you should review the course guides available on the University Admissions site and select a course for which to apply depending on your area of interest and level of study. It may be useful to note that in most years the Faculty of English offers a life writing module on its one year Master's programme (MSt), depending on tutor availability. In addition to your studies, attending events at OCLW, and interacting with our members, will help to further your research. However, just to reiterate, we do not offer any teaching, beyond occasional short workshops designed to assist practising auto/biographers.

If you are interested in doing a doctorate ("DPhil") at the University of Oxford in a subject related to life-writing, then you can do so "in affiliation with" OCLW. Your doctorate will be awarded by the University of Oxford, and your supervision will be organised by the appropriate Faculty. When making your choice of college, if you opt to list Wolfson and are offered a place here, then you can be affiliated to OCLW and benefit from a closer connection to our members and activities than "regular" members. For further information about studying at Wolfson, please see the Study Here section of the College website.

Doctoral Studentships

At times we are able to offer Studentships (financial stipends) for doctoral students whose research is conducted in affiliation with OCLW. These will be advertised on the Wolfson website when available and all applicants should apply to the University under the standard procedures for the DPhil degree. The University’s application procedures are described in the Graduate Application Guide

News
Events

The latest from Wolfson College

Wolfson College Rooftop
12 April 2019
Wolfson College hosts Symposium in Silicon Solar Cell Technology

Wolfson College is honoured to host the Oxford Symposium in Sillicon Solar Cell Technology on 15 and 16 April. 

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8 April 2019
Wolfson College to host eBike Summit 2019

On Wednesday 10 April, the College will host the first Oxford eBike Summit. 

Tom Cross Exhibition
8 April 2019
Shapes and Adventures: Paintings by Tom Cross

Tom Cross' exhibition "Shapes and Adventures" opens to public Monday 15 April.

Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
27 - 28
Apr Apr
The Korrigan Consort Presents: Hunger & Judith Triumphs
Saturday 27 April - 7:30pm to Sunday 28 April - 9:30pm

The Korrigan Consort is thrilled to present a spring double-bill, featuring Joanna Ward’s Hunger and Antonio Vivaldi’s Judith Triumphs.

Two tales, two women, two troubled souls. One, an artist struggling to form her identity as a creative, a woman, and a mother. One, a noblewoman with the weight of a nation on her shoulders, rebelling against the expectation of women to sacrifice. Both struggle under the thumb of patriarchs and patriarchy, with stories reaching across time.

Lectures and Seminars
30 - 30
Apr Apr
Imagining Madness
Tuesday 30 April - 1:30pm to 5:30pm

How has madness been perceived and represented by composers, biographers, medical professionals, and people who have experienced it first-hand? How should we conceptualise madness as scholars? This interdisciplinary colloquium features various speakers, and aims to give researchers who are interested in this subject an opportunity to meet one another, hear about each other’s work, and to discuss the challenges of writing about experiences and perceptions of madness and mental illness.

Lectures and Seminars
30 - 30
Apr Apr
Asian Treasure Traditions Seminar
Tuesday 30 April - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Treasure Seminar, Trinity Term, 2019 Cathy Cantwell Tuesday 30th April, Wolfson College Seminar Room 3, 5.pm - 7pm, followed by dinner at Wolfson Title: The Phurpa Consecrations Practice (byin rlabs phur pa'i sgrub pa) texts from the Eightfold Buddha Word, Embodying the Sugatas (bka' brgyad bde gshegs 'dus pa), revealed by Nyang ral Nyi ma ’od zer (1124-1192), and their connections with the Transmitted Textual Traditions