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Prospective graduates

Apply for Graduate Study

Prospective applicants can continue to apply for some courses that remain open for applications for graduate study for 2020-21 entry – you can check the status on the course page. View the full list of open courses and view our application guide to find out how to get started.

Many staff are working remotely but have access to all the usual systems, and we are processing applications and making decisions as normal.

If you are interested in graduate study for a start in the 2021-22 academic year, check the Graduate Admissions website from 1 September 2020. The website will be updated with detailed information on courses, fees, scholarships, and much more. It will also enable you to access the application guide and online application form for 2021-22 entry.

You can sign up to receive a monthly email (from September 2020 onwards) containing information about graduate study at Oxford and the admissions process. The first email will notify you when graduate courses open for 2021-22 admissions.

If you are looking to apply for undergraduate study, please refer to the information for undergraduate applicants. If you are an offer holder, please go to the information for current students and offer holders.

FAQs for graduate applicants

What are the plans for the 2020-21 academic year?

A new set of webpages has now been published, providing an overview of the arrangements for the 2020/21 academic year. This includes information about:

Teaching and learning

How we’re working to maintain the highest possible standards of education, with a focus on personalised teaching and supervision. There is also information about the extensive steps we are taking to enhance our digital support, access to laboratories and other facilities including libraries, and our contingency planning in the event of increased government restrictions.

Keeping you safe and well

The steps we are taking to protect the health and wellbeing of all students and staff, including confirmation that a dedicated testing service will be available from September, as well as measures we are putting in place to protect you and university staff in University and college buildings.

Student life

What we’re doing to maintain the supportive and enriching environment that contributes to the Oxford experience as well as the exceptional system of welfare and personal support for students.

Colleges and accommodation

An outline of our plans to accommodate and support students in our colleges, which are at the heart of Oxford’s student life. This includes plans to group students into ‘households’, and the support we will provide for students who need to self-isolate.

Travel and visas

Information about getting to and residing in Oxford during the pandemic – including a wide range of guidance about visas and immigration for international students

Can I reapply for a course that has reopened for applications?

If you applied for a taught course and your application was unsuccessful, you may not make a further application for the same course within the same admissions year.

It is only possible to apply for the same course twice in the same application cycle where it is a research degree (DPhil) and you are applying to the same course with a significantly different research proposal.

If you are considering doing this, please first contact the relevant academic department to confirm whether your original application was assessed only for a specific project or for the course as a whole.

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 yes, request a copy to be sent to 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 in lieu of an official transcript either a download from your institution's student self-service portal (if available) or correspondence from the institution confirming that they cannot provide a transcript, for example, an email. You should also upload a copy of your final degree certificate if available, and any other documentation you may have regarding your results.

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 will be conducted remotely. You can check if the course you have applied for usually conducts interviews on the course page. The academic department will be in contact with you beforehand to confirm the arrangements with you.

It has been more than ten weeks, and I have not heard whether I have been successful with my application. What should I do?

All graduate applications are being processed, and departments are working hard to provide decisions as soon as possible. During these difficult times, 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 are experiencing 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’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. Do not post them due to 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.

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