are kindly requested to complete the reference form and comment on the candidate's
academic ability, general suitability for the proposed programme of
study and any other information they consider to be relevant to the
Candidates are required to apply online
for the great majority of Oxford's graduate courses, and it is mandatory
for these applicants to register their referees' institutional or
professional e-mail addresses in order for them to use the online
reference system. Once an applicant has registered you, you will receive
a short automated e-mail providing you with the applicant's details, a
link to the online reference system and login details (i.e. username and
password) to allow you to login to the system.
Submitting a reference will involve the following steps:
- Log in to the reference system using the link, username and password supplied to you.
- Select the applicant whose reference you plan to submit
- Answer a short series of questions regarding the applicant and supply your personal details
- Upload your reference
- Preview your reference to check it, sign it by typing your name, then submit
should be uploaded on institutional
or professional letter-headed paper. In exceptional cases where this is
not possible - for example, if you have retired - please be
sure to include full information regarding your contact details and
your current and/or previous relevant position in your reference.
Please note that all references must be
the relevant application deadline. It is the candidate's
responsibility to ensure that all referees are given good notice of the
deadline they intend to apply for, and to arrange alternative referees
if any of their referees cannot meet the deadline. Applicants are
requested to supply this information to their referees via the online
system or separately.
The reference supplied will
be treated as confidential, subject to the provisions of the UK Data
Protection Act of 1998. If the candidate asks to see the reference, we
may need to provide a copy.
The Graduate Admissions office would like to thank referees for their valuable assistance in our graduate admissions process.