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It is possible to study for a doctorate on a part-time basis. Completing the DPhil on a part-time basis normally requires between six and eight years of study, compared with a full-time DPhil which normally takes three to four years to complete. Part-time study is not suitable for all projects and you must check with your supervisor that they are able to accommodate part-time study. Please refer to the DPhil in Medical Science information page for colleges which accept applications for part-time study.