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Certificates and confirmation letters

Once you have your degree conferred at a degree ceremony either in person or in absentia, you will automatically receive a Degree Certificate. This will be either presented to you by your college on the day of the graduation ceremony, or posted to you. Students who have completed an award bearing non matriculated course (certificate or diploma) with the Department for Continuing Education will receive an award certificate from the department.

Additional copies of Degree Certificates cannot be ordered. If you graduated before February 2010 and have not received your free Degree Certificate, please download the Postal order form (80kb).

Replacement Certificates

If your Degree Certificate is lost, stolen or damaged, you can order a replacement certificate at a cost of £30. To place an order for a replacement certificate, please download the Postal order form (80kb).

Degree Confirmation Letters

If you have passed your examinations and have not had your degree conferred at a degree ceremony, or if you have attended a ceremony but require proof of your award to present to a third party, you can request a Degree Confirmation letter free of charge. This statement is on official University letter-headed paper. The letter will confirm that you have successfully completed your course at Oxford, the dates of attendance and the classification you received. You may order Degree Confirmation letters through the University Online Shop or by completing the Postal order form (80kb).

When ordering letters through the online shop, please ensure (once the item has been added to your basket) that you proceed to checkout by clicking on Shopping Basket. You will not have to input payment details, this step is to confirm your delivery address and complete your order. Once your order is confirmed, you will receive an order number which should be quoted in any correspondence reagrding your order.

If you have chosen to collect your Confirmation Letters, we will notify you by email when they are ready to collect. If they are not collected within two weeks, they will be posted to the delivery address you provided. If you are unable to personally collect the Confirmation Letters and would like someone to collect them on your behalf, please email us with the name of the person. Please note that when you collect Confirmation Letters (for yourself or a friend), you will need a Photo ID to ensure we release the documents to the correct person.

Please be aware that in order to obtain a Degree Confirmation Letter for a DPhil degree, you need to have submitted a hardbound copy of your thesis together with an electronic copy if applicable.

Tier 1 Post Study Work visa applications

On 6 April 2012, Tier 1 (Post Study Work) closed to new applicants and, for the purpose of applying for this visa, we will no longer be able to issue a Degree Confirmation Letter.

For further information please see the Visa and Immigration webpage: After your studies – Working in the UK or e-mail

Name changes

The name which you held when you completed your degree (were granted 'leave to supplicate') will be the name on the Degree Certificate and Degree Confirmation letter. The only retrospective changes that can be made are where an administrative error has occurred or where we are required to make a retrospective change under the provisions of the Gender Recognition Act 2004. If you have changed your name following completion of your course of study, (for example, through marriage, or by Deed Poll), and wish to demonstrate to a prospective employer or education institution that your Degree Certificate or Confirmation letter belongs to you, supporting documentation showing the name change should accompany the Certificate. More information on name changes can be found on the Your Student Record web pages.

(For reasons of security and data protection, all Certificate and Degree Confirmation letter requests must be made by graduates themselves; requests on their behalf cannot be accepted from third parties).