The university of Oxford, UK is one of the top schools in the UK and the world. Oxford Alumni’s pride themselves as graduates of top elite schools in the world. To apply, you need to note various things.
This is a guide to entry in 2017-18 and cannot be used to apply in subsequent years. Information on admissions for entry in 2018-19 will be available from September 2017 and we will update you.
- Browse their graduate courses, either A-Zor by department, to see if Oxford offers a course you’re interested in.
- Check the entry requirements on the course page to make sure that you have the right qualifications.
- Admissions are very competitive and you should have achieved (or be on track to achieve) at least the minimum grade to apply.
- Read through your department’s website for information on how your course works.
- Look into your department’s research interests – your course page will advise if you should contact a potential supervisor and/or find a research group before applying.
- Use the Fees, Funding and Scholarship Searchto see the funding opportunities open to you and check the fees and costs for your course. There are over 1,000 full scholarships available for 2017-18 study. For around two thirds of Oxford’s scholarships, nothing more than the standard course application is usually required. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you are automatically considered.Be aware of the deadlines, which are usually in January for the vast majority of Oxford scholarships.
- Read through all tabs of this article to entry in 2017-18 and your course page to make sure you provide all the right supporting documents and information.
- Check the deadlines on the course page and plan your time to submit your application well in advance – two or three weeks earlier, if you can. Deadlines are always at 12 noon UK time. After the March deadline, check the course admissions status often and apply as soon as you can.
- If you are not a UK citizen whose first language is English, check if you will need to submit a language test. If you do then book a test session for one of the approved tests, unless you already have test results at the required level taken less than two years before your course will start.
- Before you start your application, make sure that you have: contacted your referees to check that they are happy to submit references for you by the application deadline. a valid debit/credit card with enough funds to pay the £75 GBP application fee payment (or your authorisation code if you are applying for a CDT waiver or for readmission. sent a request to your institution for an official transcript, if you do not have one – some universities might need weeks or months to prepare this for you
- Start your application by creating an account. Register your referees as early as you can. Decide whether you want to give a college preference.You can indicate that you have no preference or, if you do want to give a preference. Double-check that you have chosen the right course and college and uploaded all the correct documents, then pay the application fee and submit your application.
The instructions here are relevant to applications for all graduate courses at Oxford except the following:
- Saïd Business School courses
- PGDip in Diplomatic Studies and MSt in Diplomatic Studies
- MSc in Software and Systems Security and MSc in Software Engineering
- DPhil in Biochemistry (OU/TSRI)
- Science and Application of Plastic Electronic Materials (EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training)
- Science and Engineering for Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training)
- Doctoral programme in clinical psychology (DClinPsychol)
- Clinical medical degrees, eg BMBCh
How to apply
- You will apply online via the University of Oxford Graduate Application Form. To apply you will need to pay a fee of £75 GBP, upload supporting documents and submit your application.
- If you are a current Oxford graduate student applying for another eligible graduate course, please select ‘Readmission’ as your application type when you apply. You will find the code you need to access this application type in your student self-service account.You need to ensure that your application and all supporting documents, including references, required for your course are received by 12 noon (midday) UK time on the deadline date in order for it to be considered.
- To be considered for Oxford scholarships, please apply by the relevant January deadline. They also strongly recommend you also apply by the January deadline if you need a student visa.
- For January deadlines, you should ideally contact your referees and request your transcript in September and apply by December.
- You should submit your application and all required documents well before the relevant deadline. You will only make your application fee payment when you submit, so it is particularly important to apply early to be sure that the payment is successful and that you are able to submit. The earlier you apply, the more time there is for us to help you with any questions or technical issues.
Applying to more than one course
- You can submit multiple applications to different courses for 2017-18 study, but you can only apply to any particular course once in the same annual admissions cycle.
- The only exception is applying to a DPhil more than once with a different research proposal, in which case you should contact the department to ask whether your first application was only assessed for the specific project or for the course as a whole before you re-apply.
Paying the application fee
- The fee is £75 per course application, unless you are applying with a CDT waiver or for readmission as a continuing Oxford graduate.
- You must pay in GBP (£) via credit or debit card as part of your application. You will enter your payment details and your card will be charged as you submit your application.
- This fee is non-refundable, even if you later withdraw your application. The payment will not form any part of the tuition and college fees chargeable if you are offered and accept a place at Oxford.
- Your application will not be considered unless you have paid the fee.
- Along with the application and the fee, all applicants will need to submit supporting documents by the deadline.
- You should submit your documents as part of your application and not before (except paper documentation, which may be sent in advance via post).t have been sent to you personally, including internship references.
The following documents are compulsory for all applications:
- three references (letters of recommendation)
- official transcript(s) of previous university-level degrees
- statement of purpose and/or research proposal
You may also need to submit one or more of the following, depending on the course:
- academic written work
- portfolio (eg of artwork, performance recordings)
- GRE results
- mathematics admissions exercise
- evidence of proficiency in a language essential to the course, eg Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
To check which documents you need to apply for a specific course, please see the course page. On each page, ‘How to apply’ includes a checklist of documents with details of what each should comprise and what it will be assessed for.
All your documents must be:
- in PDF, JPG or PNG format
- no larger than 4MB (for upload to your application form)
- in English (unless otherwise permitted by the department)
- accessible, clear and legible
- easily identifiable
Please do not send original and/or paper documents unless specifically requested. If you are offered a place, you will later be asked to send the original(s) of any official documents sent as a digital file in your initial application.
References should usually be academic, though some courses will accept professional references, as indicated on course pages.
References must be submitted:
- to the online reference system: Your referees should use the online system and references should not be sent directly via email. If your referees have any issues with the form, please contact Graduate Admissions.
- directly by the referee: References that you upload to your application or send to our office yourself will not be accepted.
- by the deadline you are applying to: References are due by the same deadline as your application and other documents.
- in PDF, JPG or PNG format: Files must not be sent as Word documents.
- in English, unless explicitly permitted otherwise by the department
- on institutional or professional letter-headed paper
- from the referee’s institutional or professional email address
You do not need to wait until your referees have provided your references to submit your application; after you submit the application, these later references are automatically attached to your application.
Choosing your course: In choosing your course, read the course page carefully to make sure that you are familiar with the structure and content of the course and that you meet the entry requirements, as admissions to Oxford are highly competitive.
Funding: The information you provide about your planned funding arrangements will not affect your eligibility for scholarship funding offered by the University, its colleges and departments, or the assessment of your application for a place.
- For the majority of Oxford scholarships, nothing more than the standard course application is usually required. If you fulfil the eligibility criteria, you will be automatically considered. Some scholarships require you to tick boxes on the application form or provide additional documents, either during the application process or separately.
- Even though many scholarships will consider you automatically, you should check the details of the scholarships you are eligible for carefully. Be aware of the deadlines, which are in January for the vast majority of Oxford scholarships.
- Before you apply, use their Fees, funding and scholarship search to see the funding opportunities open to you and if you need to do anything beyond submitting your course application. This is where you can also check the fees, costs and likely living costs for your course.
- Declaring a disability or long-term health condition: All admissions decisions are taken based on your academic performance and potential, as detailed in each course’s entry requirements.
Submitting your application
- The application system will require you to upload a file for each of the supporting documents you need to apply to your course except for references, which will be sent separately by your referees.
- As soon as you submit your application you will be sent an automated confirmation via e-mail. If you do not receive this, please log in to your application to check that you have successfully submitted it and can no longer edit it.
- This email only confirms that your application was submitted. Your application will not be assessed by the academic department until all the necessary supporting documents and references have been received by the relevant deadline.
- Once you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed and processed by our office and you will then be able to access self-service options when you log into your application account, such as updating and tracking your references, uploading missing documents and checking the status of your application.
- For full information on what happens after you apply, including the decision-making timeline, please see After you apply.