How to apply

Prospective undergraduates

The undergraduate admissions process for Oxford is administered via the UK higher education admissions service UCAS. International undergraduates must follow the guidelines on application to Oxford and submit their application by the earlier deadline of October the 15th.

  • The application consists of a record of academic achievement and a personal statement explaining the applicant’s reasons to study their chosen field and demonstrating their interest and aptitude as well as a small amount of personal background. Information on how to write a personal statement for Oxford can be found here.
  • The University only accepts some International qualifications, check the link to see if yours are accepted.
  • In addition to the personal statement and record of achievements, many subjects will require the applicant to take a number of aptitude tests, details of which can be found here.
  • All teaching at Oxford is in English and for International students for whom English is not a first language a fluency test is required.

Should the applicant be invited to interview, international students have a number of options depending on the subject they are applying for and the area from which they are travelling. Full details on interviews for internationals can be found here.

If you are successful and receive an offer, either conditional (if you have not yet fully completed your level of further education or equivalent) or unconditional (if you are not awaiting any further results) in January. Once you have an offer you can then approach Oxford Students Refugee Campaign to apply for our scholarship. It is also worth seeking other sources of funding as Oxford and its Colleges have a huge number of grants available, a partial list can be found here. Good luck!

Prospective Masters students

There are different types of Master’s degrees offered by the University. Some of them (e.g. MSc) are one year long, while others (e.g. MPhil) are completed in two years. Master’s degrees can be ‘taught’ or ‘research’ Masters, depending on whether the focus of the course is on coursework or independent research. Because of the diversity within Master’s degrees, you should read carefully this information on graduate admission. There, you can find all graduate degrees offered by different departments, as well as documents required from the course you choose to apply to.

Among the documents, you are likely to be requested an English language test and each graduate program will specify the score that you need to achieve in the test. If you have questions about academic requirements, you should address them to the department/program you are applying to.

There are three deadlines for graduate applications: one in November, one in January and one in spring/summer.
If you are successful and receive an offer, either conditional (if you have not yet fully completed your level of further education or equivalent) or unconditional (if you are not awaiting any further results), you will then receive an email from the Oxford Students Refugee Campaign to apply for our scholarship. Please note that you should apply by the January deadline to be considered for a scholarship.

Prospective DPhil students

The DPhil is the University of Oxford’s term for a PhD. It is an advanced research degree awarded on the basis of a substantial thesis and an oral examination of the thesis in the subject area (often called a ‘viva voce’). As a DPhil student, you will focus on a specific area of research throughout the duration of your course (3 or 4 years) together with working with an academic supervisor who will oversee your studies. Students undertaking research degrees must apply for transfer and confirmation of status within specified time limits for their course. A comprehensive list of research courses and admissions criteria is also detailed on this page.

In identifying a topic for DPhil research, applicants are often encouraged to develop their own research topic with relevant academic staff members. Contact information for academic staff members is readily available on the respective department pages online. Research staff is usually happy to discuss potential DPhil topics. Please see the relevant department websites for a list of potential supervisors as well as useful information such as guidelines for writing a research proposal (usually 2,500 words). If you have questions about academic requirements, you should address them to the department in which you are applying to.

You will apply directly online via the University of Oxford Graduate Application form. There are three deadlines for graduate admissions: one in November, one in January, and one in the spring/summer. In applying you will need to pay a fee of £60 GBP, upload supporting documents, and register your referees in the application system. Among the supporting documents, you will likely be requested to submit an English language test and each graduate programme will specify the score you need to achieve in the test. If you are successful and receive an offer, either conditional (if you have not yet fully completed your level of further education or equivalent) or unconditional (if you are not awaiting any further results). Once you have an offer you can then approach Oxford Students Refugee Campaign to apply for our scholarship. Please note that you should apply by the January deadline to be considered for a scholarship.

Paper-based applications

In case you are unable to apply to the University online, it is possible to submit a paper-based application. If you are in that situation, please contact Admissions and Funding, or contact them by telephone at: +44 (0) 1865 270059. Alternatively, you can also email student.information@admin.ox.ac.uk with your query.