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Student numbers

All figures are taken from the Student Statistics website and date from December 2015.

See below for an explanation of visiting and recognised student status.

Total students

Undergraduates make up 52% of the total student body, graduate students 46%, and other students 2%.

  Men Women Total
 Undergraduates 6,131 5,472 11,603
 Graduates 5,909 4,590 10,499 
 Visiting, recognised and other students 201 299 500
 Total 12,241 
 10,361 22,602

Undergraduates by subject

 Ancient and Modern History 52
 Archaeology and Anthropology 68
 Biochemistry 362
 Biological Sciences 326
 Biomedical Sciences 67
 Cell and Systems Biology 18
 Chemistry 695
 Classical Archaeology and Ancient History 67
 Classics 442
 Classics and English 30
 Classics and Modern Languages 28
 Classics and Oriental Studies 11
 Computer Science 97
 Computer Science and Philosophy 24
 Earth Sciences 124
 Economics and Management 253
 Engineering, Economics and Management 28
 Engineering Science 585
 English 689
 English and Modern Languages 73
 European and Middle Eastern Languages 31
 Experimental Psychology 148
 Fine Art 81
 Geography 240
 History 711
 History and Economics 38
 History and English 26
 History and Modern Languages 71
 History and Politics 119
 History of Art 41
 Human Sciences 84
 Law 680
 Materials, Economics and Management 5
 Materials Science 118
 Mathematical and Theoretical Physics 16
 Mathematics 548
 Mathematics and Computer Science 90
 Mathematics and Philosophy 56
 Mathematics and Statistics 87
 Medicine (Clinical, Preclinical, Graduate Entry) 950
 Modern Languages/Modern Languages and Linguistics 793
 Music 205
 Neuroscience 10
 Oriental Studies 161
 Philosophy and Modern Languages 62
 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) 714
 Philosophy and Theology 80
 Physics 607
 Physics and Philosophy 59
 Psychology and Philosophy 2
 Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics (PPL) 76
 Theology 122
 Theology and Oriental Studies 3
 Other undergraduates 
 Continuing Education Certificates and Diplomas 496
 Theology/Pastoral Studies (BTh, Certificate, Diploma) 34
 Total 11,603 

Graduate students by academic division

55% of graduate students at Oxford are reading for degrees by research.

45% of graduate students are studying for a taught degree.

  Taught degreesResearch degreesTotal
 Humanities 782 999 1,781
 Mathematical, Physical 
 and Life Sciences
 571 2,172 2,743
 Medical Sciences 205 1,319 1,524
 Social Sciences 2,521 1,175 3,696
 Continuing Education 680 75 755
 Total 
 4,759
 5,740
 10,499 

Students by nationality

41% of Oxford students are citizens of foreign countries.

63% of all graduate students are from outside the UK, as are 19% of all undergraduates.

  UK EU International  Unknown  Total
 Undergraduates 9,416 894 1,275 18 11,603
 Graduates 3,896 2,457  4,139 7 10,499 
 Visiting, recognised
 and other students
 13 71 413 3 500
 Total 
 13,325  3,422 5,827 28 22,602

Students by country

Over 140 countries and territories are represented among the Oxford student body. The largest groups of international students are those from:

  1. USA  - 1,441
  2. China (including Hong Kong and Macao) - 1,047
  3. Germany - 837
  4. India - 408
  5. Italy - 378
  6. Canada - 374
  7. France - 299
  8. Australia - 290
  9. Singapore - 267
  10. Poland - 222

 

UndergraduateGraduate

Visiting, recognised and other students

Total

Afghanistan

 1

 2

 - 3

Albania

 2

 6

 - 8

Angola

 -

 1

 - 1

Argentina

 1

 5

 - 6

Armenia

 2

 7

 - 9

Australia

 62

 224

 4 290

Austria

 20

 71

 2 93

Azerbaijan

 1

 5

 - 6

Bahrain

 -

 3

 - 3

Bangladesh

 4

 24

 1 29

Barbados

 - 1 - 1

Belarus

 1

 4

 - 5

Belgium

 22

 48

 - 70

Belize

 1 1 - 2

Bhutan

 - 1 - 1

Bolivia

 1

 2

 - 3

Bosnia and Herzegovina

 -

 1

 - 1

Botswana

 -

 4

 - 4

Brazil

 9

 57

 6 72

Brunei 

 1

 6

 - 7

Bulgaria

 37

 39

 - 76

Burma (Myanmar)

 -

 7

 - 7

Cambodia

 -

 1

 - 1

Cameroon

 -

 6

 - 6

Canada

 40

 324

10 374

Chile

 -

 26

 - 26

China (inc. Hong Kong and Macao)

 391

 612

44  1,047

Colombia

 4

30

 - 34

Congo, Democratic Republic of

 -

2

 - 2

Costa Rica

 -

6

 - 6

Croatia

 2

19

 1 22

Cyprus

 4

33

 - 37

Czech Republic

 15

29

 2 46

Denmark

 22

56

 1 79

Dominica

 -

1

 - 1

Dominican Republic

 -

1

 1

Ecuador

 -

6

 - 6

Egypt

 4

22

 - 26

El Salvador

 -

2

 - 2

Estonia

 3

11

 - 14

Ethiopia

 -

2

 - 2

Finland

 14

33

 - 47

France

 90

192

 17 299

Georgia

 1

2

 1 4

Germany

 138

674

25 837

Ghana

 1

16

 - 17

Greece

 18

125

 1 144

Guatemala

 -

1

 - 1

Haiti

 -1 - 1

Hungary

 19

22

 - 41

Iceland

 -

7

 - 7

India

 57

341

10 408

Indonesia

 12

25

 239

Iran

 4

35

 -39

Iraq

 1

4

 -5

Ireland

 84

128

 4216

Israel

 -

22

 1 23

Italy

 67

305

 378

Jamaica

 1

11

 - 12

Japan

 22

66

 96

Jordan

 1

8

 - 9

Kazakhstan

 2

5

 - 7

Kenya

 6

32

 - 38

Korea, South

 73

87

 163

Kuwait

 -

3

 - 3

Laos

 -

1

 - 1

Latvia

 4

9

 - 13

Lebanon

 1

18

 - 19

Lesotho

 -

1

 - 1

Liberia

 -

3

 - 3

Libya

 -

2

 - 2

Liechtenstein

 -

1

 - 1

Lithuania

 15

24

 - 39

Luxembourg

 1

6

 - 7

Macedonia

 3

3

 - 6

Madagascar

 -

1

 - 1

Malawi

 -

2

 - 2

Malaysia

 50

86

 3 139

Maldives

 -1 -1

Mali

1 -1

Malta

 -

8

 - 8

Mauritius

 4

2

 1 7

Mexico

 2

56

1 59

Mongolia

 -5 -5

Montenegro

1 -2

Morocco

6

 - 6

Mozambique

1

 - 1

Namibia

3

 -3

Nepal

2

10

1 13

Netherlands

 47

158

 2 207

New Zealand

19

51

- 70

Niger

1

 - 1

Nigeria

11

48

 1 60

Norway

8

32

 41

Oman

1

 - 1

Pakistan

11

74

2 87

Palestinian Territory

3

 - 4

Panama

3

 - 3

Papua New Guinea

5

 - 5

Paraguay

1

 - 1

Peru

11

 - 11

Philippines 

 4

 19

- 23

Poland

 97

121

 4 222

Portugal

 9

73

 - 82

Qatar

5

 - 5

Romania

 67

72

 1 140

Russia

28

60

 - 88

Rwanda

 -

 1

 - 1

St Kitts and Nevis

1

 - 2

Saudi Arabia

21

 1 22

Serbia

11 - 11

Seychelles

 1 - 1

Sierra Leone

 1 - 1

Singapore

181 83 3 267

Slovakia

 9 22 - 31

Slovenia

 1214 - 26

South Africa

 897 1 106

Spain

 43126 5 174

Sri Lanka

 1 16  - 17

Sweden

 3654 - 90

Switzerland

 1262 76

Syria

 1 7 - 8

Taiwan

 48 - 57

Tanzania

 - 1

Thailand

17482 67

Trinidad and Tobago

6 - 9

Tunisia

 - 1

Turkey

 12532 67

Uganda

4 - 5

Ukraine

24 - 31

United Arab Emirates

1 - 8

Uruguay

3 - 3

USA

152 991 298 1,441

Uzbekistan

12 14

Venezuela

 -3

Vietnam

421 3 28

Zambia

-7 - 7

Zimbabwe

414 - 18

 

Students by college/permanent private hall

 Undergraduates GraduatesVisiting,  recognised and other students Total 
Colleges    
 All Souls- 6  - 6
 Balliol373 279 3 655
 Brasenose367 203 3 573
 Christ Church428 164 1 593
 Corpus Christi249 94 - 343
 Exeter316 186 25 527
 Green Templeton101 441 - 542
 Harris Manchester82 134 1 217
 Hertford394 204 24 622
 Jesus College330 185 2 517
 Keble416 227 4 647
 Kellogg- 905 - 905
 Lady Margaret Hall395 213 13 621
 Linacre- 437 - 437
 Lincoln297 316 4 617
 Magdalen393 176 4 573
 Mansfield220 130 35 385
 Merton291 253 1 545
 New College429 256 13 698
 Nuffield- 81- 81
 Oriel325 172 4 501
 Pembroke365 227 35 627
 The Queen's College342 138 4 484
 St Anne's423 322 33 778
 St Antony's- 451 2 453
 St Catherine's476 387 45 908
 St Cross- 557 1 558
 St Edmund Hall404 291 24 719
 St Hilda's411 163 2 576
 St Hugh's432 333 3 768
 St John's385 221 1 607
 St Peter's340 188 24 552
 Somerville385 171 - 556
 Trinity286 136 2 424
 University College363 199 1 563
 Wadham451 166 33 650
 Wolfson- 555 - 555
 Worcester428 146 27 601
Permanent Private Halls    
 Blackfriars4 39 9 52
 Campion  Hall- 8 - 8
 Regent's Park115 67 13 195
 St Benet's Hall48 16 - 64
 St Stephen's House17 45 - 62
 Wycliffe Hall76 32 57 165

Visiting students are students from overseas (in most cases from countries outside the EU) spending up to one year in Oxford on an undergraduate course related to the degree course they are following in their own country. Visiting students are members of an Oxford college but are not awarded a degree or any other qualification from Oxford, although colleges can provide a record of achievement, for example for credit purposes at the home institution.

Recognised student status is given to graduate research students who are registered with another university and have been admitted by a University of Oxford faculty or department to undertake research for their degree for a minimum of one and maximum of three terms. It is also a status given to early career researchers admitted by a faculty or department to work with an Oxford academic or researcher. Recognised students are not affiliated to an Oxford college or hall and will not receive an Oxford qualification or any formal accreditation for their studies.