Oxford's university community is truly international. Students currently come from 138 countries around the world and study a wide range of subjects. They make up one third of our student body, including 14 percent of our full-time undergraduate students and 63 percent of our full-time postgraduates.
Why study at Oxford University?
Oxford is an exciting place to pursue postgraduate/graduate education. We offer two types of programmes:
- Master’s: these are 1 or 2 year degrees. Many people take these degrees as a professional qualification, and then leave to work. For others, usually in the humanities and social sciences, these are the essential first step on the road to a doctorate and an academic or research-based career.
- Doctorate: our doctorate is known as a D.Phil rather than a Ph.D. It is a research-intensive degree, lasting 3-4 years.
What makes us distinctive for postgraduate study is:
- Outstanding researchers across disciplines. Few universities in the world can match Oxford for breadth and depth of research across all the major disciplines: humanities, social sciences, mathematics, physical and life sciences, and medicine.
- College communities. As a postgraduate student, your department will be your main academic home. But you will also be a member of a college, another intellectual and social community within this large university. College life will give you the chance to engage with academics and fellow students across disciplines. This is a distinctive advantage over universities organised solely on departmental lines.
- The international character of the university. With the majority of our postgraduates coming from outside the U.K., you will encounter a more international peer group at Oxford than at almost any other top university in the world. Our European location gives us a distinctly international outlook. Presidents and prime ministers, academics and commentators come to Oxford to talk about the leading issues of the day.
- The global strength of our reputation and qualifications. Our qualifications are recognised and valued around the world. Graduates of Oxford go on to further study and/or to work in a range of professions in some of the world's finest organisations.
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