Studying bones and cartilage in the Medical Centre
Studying bones and cartilage in the Medical Centre
Credit: Rob Judges. This image comes from Oxford University Images

Student numbers

All figures are taken from the Student Statistics website and date from December 2020.

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

Total students

Undergraduates make up 48% of the total student body, graduate students 51%, and other students 1%.

  Men Women Total
 Undergraduates 6,118 6,392 12,510
 Graduates 7,018 6,026 13,044 
 Visiting, recognised and other students 97 169 266
 Total 13,233
 12,587 25,820

Undergraduates by subject

 Ancient and Modern History 60
 Archaeology and Anthropology 68
 Biological Sciences 109
 Biology 221
 Biomedical Sciences 89
 Cell and Systems Biology 25
 Chemistry 728
 Classical Archaeology and Ancient History 67
 Classics and English 48
 Classics and Modern Languages 28
 Classics and Oriental Studies 35
 Computer Science 153
 Computer Science and Philosophy 46
 Earth Sciences 112
 Economics and Management 263
 Engineering Science 674
 English Language and Literature 689
 English and Modern Languages 96
 European and Middle Eastern Languages 55
 Experimental Psychology 180
 Fine Art 78
 Geography 262
 Geology 1
 History 711
 History and Economics 49
 History and English 38
 History and Modern Languages 86
 History and Politics 139
 History of Art 43
 Human Sciences 95
 Law 718
 Literae Humaniores 423
 Materials Science 162
 Mathematical and Theoretical Physics 34
 Mathematics 594
 Mathematics and Computer Science 155
 Mathematics and Philosophy 65
 Mathematics and Statistics 115
 Medicine (Clinical, Preclinical, Graduate Entry) 1,024
 Modern Languages 641
 Modern Languages and Linguistics 114
 Molecular and Cellular (Biochemistry) 415
 Music 229
 Neuroscience 12
 Oriental Studies 149
 Philosophy and Modern Languages 77
 Philosophy and Theology 85
 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) 731
 Physics 630
 Physics and Philosophy 59
 Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics (PPL) 96
 Religion and Oriental Studies 6
 Theology and Religion 121
 Other undergraduates 
 Continuing Education Certificates and Diplomas including Theology/Pastoral Studies (BTh, Cert, Dip)  552
 Total 12,510 

Graduate students by academic division

52% of graduate students at Oxford are reading for degrees by research.

48% of graduate students are studying for a taught degree.

  Taught degreesResearch degreesTotal
 Humanities 902 1,117 2,019
 Mathematical, Physical 
 and Life Sciences
 746 2,703 3,449
 Medical Sciences 384 1,578 1,962
 Social Sciences 3,336 1,322 4,658
 Continuing Education 850 106 956
 Total 
 6,218
 6,826
 13,044 

Students by nationality

International students make up 45% of Oxford students.

65% of all graduate students are from outside the UK, as are 23% of all undergraduates.

  UK EU Non-EU Unknown  Total
 Undergraduates 9,643 1,283 1,583 1 12,510
 Graduates 4,618 3,046  5,377 3 13,044 
 Visiting, recognised
 and other students
 37 41 188 0 266
 Total 
 14,298  4,370 7,148 4 25,820

Students by country

Over 160 countries and territories are represented among the Oxford student body. The largest groups of international students are those from:

  1. USA  - 1,606
  2. China - 1,556
  3. Germany - 747
  4. Canada - 427
  5. Hong Kong (SAR) - 366
  6. India - 335
  7. Singapore - 309
  8. Australia - 299
  9. Italy - 285
  10. France - 260
  11.  Poland - 203
CountryUndergraduateGraduateVisiting, recognised and other studentsTotal

Afghanistan

-

6

-6

Albania

-

1

-1

Algeria

-

1

-1

Angola

1

2

-3

Antigua & Barbuda 

-

1

-1

Argentina

1

11

-12

Armenia

1

5

-6

Australia

612344299

Austria

25

73

199

Azerbaijan

-

8

-8

Bahrain

3

3

-6

Bangladesh

3

27

-30

Barbados

11-2

Belarus

1

2

-3

Belgium

39

53

193

Belize

-

2

 -2

Bermuda

12-3

Bhutan

-1-1

Bolivia

1

2

-3

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1

2

-3

Botswana

1

4

-5

Brazil

8

56

165

British Virgin Islands

-

1

-1

Brunei 

1

3

-4

Bulgaria

45

16

-61

Burma (Myanmar)

-

9

-9

Burundi

-

1

-1

Cambodia

-

1

-1

Cameroon

-

2

-2

Canada

56

369

2427

Chile

-

42

143

China

479

1,017

601,556

Colombia

-

34

-34

Croatia

1

5

-6

Cyprus (EU)

2

16

119

Cyprus (Not Specified)

1

-

-1

Czech Republic

22

34

1

57

Denmark

26

37

-63

Dominican Republic

-

1

-1

Ecuador 

-

9

-9

Egypt

1

23

-24

El Salvador

-

2

13

Estonia

4

10

-14

Ethiopia

1

4

-5

Finland

11

23

135

France

66

191

3260

Gambia

-

1

-1

Georgia

-

7

-7

Germany

121

610

16747

Ghana

-

37

-37

Gibraltar

1

2

-3

Greece

25

78

1104

Grenada

1

-

-1

Guam

1

-

-1

Guatemala

-

3

-3

Guernsey 

132-15

Guinea

-

1

-1

Honduras

-

2

-2

Hong Kong (SAR)

165

195

6366

Hungary

19

18

-37

Iceland

1

7

-8

India

52

278

5335

Indonesia

15

45

-60

Iran

1

17

-18

Ireland

36

126

1163

Isle of Man

6

1

-7

Israel

2

36

139

Italy

60

224

1285

Ivory Coast

-

2

-2

Jamaica

-

7

-7

Japan

11

82

497

Jersey

16

8

-24

Jordan

1

8

-9

Kazakhstan

2

7

-9

Kenya

1

39

-40

Korea, DPR of (North)

-

-

22

Korea, South

50

52

1103

Kuwait

2

5

-7

Laos

-

2

-2

Lebanon

-

13

-13

Liberia

-

3

-3

Libya

-

1

-1

Luxembourg

13

17

-30

Macao (SAR)

5

1

-6

Macedonia

4

3

-7

Malawi

-

7

-7

Malaysia

46

65

-111

Maldives

-3-3

Malta

4

6

-10

Mauritius

-

2

-2

Mexico

-

62

-62

Mongolia

-3-3

Montenegro

-2-2

Morocco

1

8

-9

Mozambique

1

4

-5

Namibia

2

-2

Nepal

-

8

-8

Netherlands

43

137

4184

New Zealand

19

47

268

Nicaragua

-

1

-1

Nigeria

6

76

-82

Norway

16

53

-69

Oman

-

3

-3

Pakistan

10

56

167

Palestinian Territories

8

-9

Panama

-

3

-3

Paraguay

1

-1

Peru

2

17

-19

Philippines 

3

15

-18

Poland

152

50

1203

Portugal

12

32

145

Puerto Rico

-

2

-2

Qatar

5

11

-16

Romania

155

15

-180

Russia

24

74

199

Rwanda

-

2

13

Samoa

-

1

-1

Saudi Arabia

3

50

-53

Senegal

-

1

-1

Serbia

1312-25

Sierra Leone

5-5

Singapore

182127-309

Slovakia

513-28

Slovenia

413118

Somalia

-3-1

South Africa

6134-140

Spain

48901139

Sri Lanka

118-19

St Lucia

-1-1

Sudan

 -66

Swaziland

-2-2

Sweden

1546263

Switzerland

451464195

Syria

-3-3

Taiwan

542-47

Tanzania

14-5

Thailand

2041162

Togo

-22

Tonga

-1-1

Trinidad and Tobago

25-7

Tunisia

2-2

Turkey

2451-75

Turkmenistan

-1-1

Uganda

-11-11

Ukraine

-19-19

United Arab Emirates

1961-80

USA

2461,2581021,606

United States Virgin Islands

-224

Uruguay

-4-4

Venezuela

5-5

Vietnam

320225

Yemen

-1-1

Zambia

113-14

Zimbabwe

316-19

Students by college/permanent private hall

 Undergraduates GraduatesVisiting,  recognised and other students Total 
Colleges    
 All Souls-6  -6
 Balliol3743772753
 Brasenose375239-614
 Christ Church462256-718
 Corpus Christi279912372
 Exeter36626625657
 Green Templeton884861575
 Harris Manchester113212-325
 Hertford41625114681
 Jesus3892431633
 Keble4494663918
 Kellogg-1,137-1,137
 Lady Margaret Hall4222923717
 Linacre-631 -631
 Lincoln3233383664
 Magdalen4351743612
 Mansfield25520628489
 Merton321225-546
 New College42732911767
 Nuffield-93-93
 Oriel3381912531
 Pembroke40023521656
 The Queen's3601921553
 Somerville437235-672
 St Anne's45236711830
 St Antony's-505-505
 St Catherine's52838537950
 St Cross-572 -572
 St Edmund Hall3943263723
 St Hilda's416201-617
 St Hugh's452440-892
 St John's4162602678
 St Peter's37423212618
 Trinity298131 -429
 University College425221 -646
 Wadham48424324751
 Wolfson-775 -775
 Worcester45519214661
Permanent Private Halls    
 Blackfriars Hall127331
 Campion Hall-17 -17
 Regent's Park1319412237
 St Benet's Hall7949 -128
 St Stephen's House471 -75
 Wycliffe Hall5137-88

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.

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