Selection criteria

Applicants must first have been accepted by a Department or Faculty of the University of Oxford before any college or permanent private hall may consider them.

Applications are considered for any of the courses in which the College offers admission. Please consult the ‘Colleges’ tab on the relevant course page on the Graduate Admissions website to see whether we can accept an application for your chosen course.

Applications are usually considered by subject tutors, the Tutor for Graduate Admissions, and in certain cases the College’s Graduate Admissions Committee.

The College aims to admit a certain number of graduate students each year spread across the range of subjects in which it accepts graduate students, and this will determine the number of offers which can be made to applicants. Where there are more applicants than offers which can be made, the relative academic merit and potential of the applicants may be taken into account. It may not be possible to make offers to applicants whose applications are received late in the admissions round, when places have been filled.

The possession of competitively-won funding may be taken into account as an indicator of the applicant’s academic merit and potential.

Preference may be given to applicants whose area of study overlaps with the academic interests of the College’s academic staff.

The decision on whether to offer a place is made in the light of the overall competition for graduate places and the spread of those places across subject areas.

Please note that any offer of a place will be subject to satisfactory completion of the financial declaration form that will be sent to the applicant as part of the offer of a place. Please consult the University website for more details.