The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university in Oxford, England. There is evidence of teaching as early as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's second-oldest university in continuous operation after the University of Bologna.
University of Oxford 2020-2021 Admissions Now Open for Graduate Study

University of Oxford Admissions Now Open for 2020/2021 Graduate Study: Explore over 350 Masters, DPhil/PhD and other graduate courses.

Oxford offers more than 350 graduate courses across the disciplines, with courses opening in new areas every year. This includes taught and research courses available for full-time and part-time study, and at every level from diplomas to doctorates.

Each graduate course has a dedicated course page on Oxford's website, which will provide you with detailed information about the course and how to apply for it. You can browse the graduate courses A to Z or by department.

See the A-Z of courses

As a graduate student you'll belong to a department or faculty – a thriving academic community working to advance knowledge in a particular field. Your department or faculty will provide your teaching and supervision, as well as extensive, specialist resources to support your studies.


Every graduate student at Oxford is given an academic supervisor. Throughout your course, you'll receive personalized support and guidance from an expert in your field, helping to guide your programme of study or research.

Application Guide

Once your application has been reviewed by Graduate Admissions, you will be able to access Graduate Applicant Self Service when you log in to your application account. This review is usually completed within a few working days but may take longer around application deadlines.

Once you’ve fulfilled all your offer conditions and confirmed that you intend to take up your place at the University, you’ll receive information by email about enrolling as a student at the University.

Before you arrive

On the Oxford Students website, you can find a checklist of things to do when you’re preparing for study at Oxford. This includes information about enrolling as a student at the University.

Make sure the contact information Oxford holds for you is correct: this will be used to send you important information until you have your University email account.

You’ll receive pre-arrival information from your academic department. If you are studying for a matriculated course, your college will also send you information about your college membership, the college’s facilities and services, and arrival arrangements.

International students

There is plenty of support available for international students before you arrive and during your studies. Oxford aims to make all its students feel as welcome as possible and to help them settle in quickly.

If you need a visa to study at Oxford, you can find detailed guidance on the University's visa and immigration pages. The Oxford Student website offers lots of advice on getting ready to study at Oxford, including information about accommodation, finances, insurance and medical treatment, travelling to Oxford and adjusting to life in the UK.

Why Study at the university of Oxford?

Oxford aims to deliver an exceptional education, to carry out world-leading research, and to make significant and lasting contributions to society – regionally, nationally, and globally.

The University of Oxford has an outstanding global reputation for its teaching, research and contributions to society. Oxford combines rich history and tradition with the innovative and forward-thinking approach of a modern university.

The QS World University Rankings 2020 place Oxford as the fourth best university in the world, and the best university in Europe. Oxford also ranked first in the global subject rankings for arts and humanities, and top five for natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, and social sciences and management.

Graduate study at Oxford

There are over 11,000 graduate students at Oxford, almost half of the University’s student body.

Oxford's international profile rivals that of any university in the world, highlighted by the breadth and depth of its research collaborations and a truly global student body and academic staff.

University of Oxford welcome students for graduate study from across the globe. Of a total of 10,941 graduate students at Oxford, 55% of them arrive from countries outside of the UK and they represent over 150 different countries and territories. This diverse student population means that Oxford's alumni are spread worldwide with 204 alumni groups in 90 different countries. 48% of Oxford’s academic staff also hail from overseas.

The University of Oxford enjoys research and collaborative links with virtually every country in the world. For example, Oxford's School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) boasts the largest community of area studies scholars in the world offering both research and taught courses dedicated to the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, South Asia, China, Israel, Japan, Russia and Eastern Europe.

The existence of specialist centres at Oxford like the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre, the Latin American Centre, and the African Studies Centre provide valuable resources for students and attract scholars and academics from all over the world.

The University of Oxford was ranked the world’s number one university for the third successive year in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 also places Oxford top in the UK for research quality.

Graduate students at Oxford are central to the University's research efforts, which span all areas of the globe and tackle issues of international significance.

Students on research degrees work closely with an academic supervisor focusing on a specific research project to produce a thesis that represents a significant and substantial piece of work. Students are assessed on the basis of this thesis and a viva voce (an oral examination).

Research reputation

In the UK’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment exercise, Oxford was awarded the top ranking. 48% of research and impact was given the top rating (4*), which means Oxford has the largest volume of world-leading (4*) research in the UK.

Oxford's graduate students have access to outstanding resources and facilities, including over 100 libraries, cutting-edge experimental labs and world-famous museums and collections.

Oxford is famous for its libraries, and with good reason. The University has incredible collections of books, manuscripts and other materials, many of them housed in beautiful, historic buildings. These resources draw scholars to the University from all over the world.

A graduate degree from Oxford can greatly enhance your skills and career prospects. What's more, you'll have access to outstanding careers support and advice for life, as well as exclusive resources and opportunities.

Academic departments hold events for prospective graduate students here in Oxford throughout the year, often between October and December. The University also sends representatives to events in the UK and internationally.