FAQs for graduate applicants

If you are interested in graduate study for a start in the 2022-23 academic year, check the Graduate Admissions website. The website includes detailed information on courses, fees, funding, and much more.  View our application guide to find out how to get started. 

It is your responsibility to submit everything that is required in time, and to ensure that your referees provide references in support of your application by the course deadline.

If you are an offer holder, please refer to offer holder FAQS for 2021/22 entry.

What are the deadlines for applications?

The deadlines for each course are stated on the course page. Most course deadlines are on a Friday at 12.00 midday UK time.

Many courses use more than one deadline. You can apply to any deadline given on the course page for your chosen course, but you should try to apply to the earliest deadline available. If you would like to be considered for University funding, you should apply by the funding deadlines which are in December or January depending on your course.

Contact your referees and register them in good time (you can do this before you submit your application) so that they have sufficient time to respond to the request for a reference. Submit your application as early as possible, well ahead of the relevant application deadline, to avoid any last-minute problems or delays. Do not wait for your references to be submitted.

Remember if you submit close to the deadline or on the day of the deadline, it is very likely that we will not be able to help you in time if you have any issues. It is your responsibility to submit everything that is required in time, and to ensure that references are received to support your application. 

What are the differences between deadlines and when should I apply?

The deadlines for each course are stated on the course page. You can apply to any of your course deadlines to be considered for a place on the course. For almost all Oxford scholarships you’ll need to apply by either the December or January deadline for your course.

Oxford looks at the applications in each deadline on their own merit and comparatively, against each other, and you’ll usually get a decision about 8 to 10 weeks after your deadline.

We recommend getting your application in as early as possible to avoid any last-minute problems (at least two weeks before your course deadline). Make sure that you register your referees and give them plenty of time to respond to the request. This is especially important in the 2021/2022 admissions cycle due to the ongoing pandemic which could cause delays.

Please note that if your application isn't submitted and complete by your chosen deadline, with all mandatory supporting documents and at least two references, it won't normally be considered. If your course has a later deadline, incomplete applications may roll forward if they meet the course requirements by that deadline. 

How long will it take to receive a decision on my application?

After the deadline, graduate applications are processed and departments will be working hard to provide decisions as soon as possible. You will usually receive a decision 8-10 weeks after the deadline. In some cases, it may take longer for us to assess your application than is usually the case, and we are very sorry if you experience any delays. If you need to receive a decision quickly to enable you to decide whether to accept an offer elsewhere, please contact the academic department directly via the contact details on the course page. 

I am applying for a course but I cannot get hold of a copy of my transcript?

Many institutions provide electronic transcripts via an approved, secure third-party provider. Please check with your institution whether they are providing such transcripts, and if they do, request a copy to be sent to graduate.admissions@admin.ox.ac.uk. If you are unable to get hold of either an electronic copy or a scan of a hard copy of your transcript, please upload with your application a download from your institution's student self-service portal (if available) showing your name, the institution and the grades you have achieved. If you cannot obtain any documentation of your grades, you should upload correspondence from the institution confirming that they cannot provide a transcript.

If your institution has made any changes to grading arrangements due to the pandemic, you should also ask your referees to provide information on your degree results and marks in their reference, if they can.

Please note that if your application is successful, and if you have not been able to provide a suitable transcript of your qualifications, the academic department will set this as an academic condition.

What will happen if I am shortlisted for an interview?

If you are shortlisted for a course that requires an interview, this may be conducted remotely or in-person. The academic department will inform you of their interview arrangements. You can check if the course you have applied for usually conducts interviews on the course page.

I’m an applicant, and I need to post an additional document/have already posted a document in support of my application. Have you received it?

If you have not submitted your application yet, please scan your document and upload it as part of your application form. If you have already submitted your application, and your document cannot be uploaded via Applicant Self Service, please scan them and upload them as PDF files using the document upload portal. We recommend not posting documents in case of disruption to postal services.
 
If you have already posted a document, please re-send this document as an electronic copy using the document upload portal.

Can I apply for graduate study at Oxford with an Oxford Declared Award or an unclassified degree from another institution?

Oxford’s Declared Awards and other institutions’ unclassified degrees awarded in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the pandemic will be considered as sufficient to apply to Oxford, and will be assessed by departments alongside all other materials submitted as part of the application process.

If you have an unclassified degree due to the pandemic, you should select ‘other’ for the result and enter ‘unclassified’ in the additional field that will then appear. You will also have the opportunity to provide further information in the Extenuating Circumstances section of the application form.

Some of my teaching/assessment/internship/research project did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Will this affect my application?

We recognise that some applicants have been affected by changes to their academic experience or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on the strength of their application. To ensure our academic assessors can understand the impact of these on your application, the application form includes a section for you to declare significant relevant extenuating circumstances. This section may be used to declare circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, or for other circumstances (eg bereavement or mental/physical health issues). Further information is available in our application guide.

My current course completion date has been delayed. Can I still apply for a course due to start in October 2022 and request to start at a later date?

We understand that in some instances it may not be possible to complete your current course by September 2022 due to changes to course timetables (for example, master’s degrees running from January to December, instead of October to September).
 
If you are applying for a research degree (eg DPhil), please explain such circumstances in your research proposal/statement, and request a start date for a later term, ie either in January 2023 (Hilary Term) or April 2023 (Trinity Term). Departments will consider whether or not they are able to offer you a place with a later start date.

If you are applying for a Master’s course and your current degree will not be completed in time for the start of the course at Oxford, you will need to delay your application to the following admissions cycle.

Are there any changes to English Language requirements due to COVID-19?

There are not currently any changes to English Language requirements due to the pandemic for those applying for courses for 2022/23 entry. You can find out more about English language requirements on the Graduate Admissions webpages.

What will the impact of COVID-19 be for courses starting in autumn 2022?

We are fully committed to delivering an outstanding academic experience to our students, to maintaining our focus on personalised teaching, and to the safety and wellbeing of our entire community.

It is too early to say exactly what the situation will be in autumn 2022; if you receive an offer of a place at Oxford, we will send regular updates on our plans in line with government guidance and health advice.

You can review the coronavirus information for current students which provides an overview of measures for 2021.

Who should I contact if I have a question?

If you are applying for a course or have a general enquiry, please use this online form to contact the Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office. 

How should I contact an academic department or college?

As staff in departments and colleges may still be working remotely, and may therefore not have access to telephones, we would recommend that you use email.  Make sure that you email them with your questions well ahead of the application deadline as otherwise they may not be able to reply to you in time.
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