DPhil in Education at Oxford -- interview advice?Watch
I am from the U.S. applying to the DPhil program in Oxford's Education department, and I have an interview coming up very soon.
I am curious to hear from anyone who has interviewed for this specific program, or more generally, anyone who has interviewed for a DPhil program in the social sciences at Oxford.
Here's what I'm thinking about while preparing so far:
- I was given the names of the professors who will be interviewing me (via Skype), so I've looked them up to see what research they've done. I wanted to get a sense of who will be on the other end of the conversation.
- I have thought through my answers as to why I want to study specifically at Oxford, why towards a DPhil, and what I envision doing after I've finished the degree.
- I have looked over my research proposal so that I can speak about it thoroughly should related questions arise.
- I am looking through a social research methods text to prepare myself, in case they ask any questions about relevant research methods.
Does this sound about right? Are these the types of things I should expect to discuss? The department website says the interview will be about 20 minutes or so -- has that been other people's actual experience?
Any glaring items I've missed in my preparation?
U.S. doctoral programs are completely different in their admissions processes, so I'm jittery and not sure how best to approach this.
Thanks in advance for any insights!
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