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Degree certificates and letters

Once your degree has been conferred at a degree ceremony either in person or in absentia, you will automatically receive a degree certificate. This will either be presented to you by your college on the day of your graduation ceremony, or posted to you after the event.

Please note that we are currently having many of our archived records digitised. If you commenced your studies prior to Michaelmas 2020 please be aware that it is taking longer than usual to process orders for documentation.

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.

Electronic copies, PDFs or scanned versions of certificates cannot be issued at any time. 

What should I do if I need a transcript/diploma supplement/certificate or degree confirmation letter? 

Unfortunately, some services such as issuing certificates, diploma supplements and transcripts are temporarily unavailable due to the pandemic. As an alternative, you may be eligible to request an electronic degree confirmation letter, which can be ordered through the University’s online shop, free of charge. Most organisations and institutions around the world have been accommodating and accepted this in lieu of other documentation. Please let us know if there are any other issues by emailing

Please only order a degree confirmation letter if it is absolutely necessary e.g. required for an imminent visa or job application. We will endeavour to process all orders and queries as soon we are able however, please understand that this may take some time, and may exceed our normal/stated response times. Please accept our apologies for any inconveniences that this may cause. We shall strive to get things back to normal as soon as circumstances allow.

Replacement certificates

If your degree certificate is lost, stolen or damaged, you can order a replacement certificate at a cost of £40. Please note that students are only permitted to have one copy of their certificate in their possession at any one time, so multiple copies cannot be requested.

If you graduated prior to February 2010 and did not receive your degree certificate following the ceremony, you are entitled to request a free copy.

Certificates can be ordered through the University online shop. Certificates ordered for delivery to the UK will be sent by Royal Mail first class post. Orders for overseas locations will be sent by a tracked and signed for courier service at a cost of £15 for European addresses and £20 for rest of world. You may also choose to collect your order from the Examination Schools in Oxford.

Please be aware that due to the current situation there may be a delay in processing orders for documentation. Thank you for your patience at this time. 

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. The letter will confirm that you have successfully completed your course at the University of Oxford, the dates of attendance and the classification you received.

Research students: In order to obtain a degree confirmation letter for a research degree, you are required to submit an electronic copy of your thesis before your letter may be produced.  The requirement for the submission of a hardcopy has been temporarily suspended. If you have not yet submitted the hardbound copy of your thesis, you should plan to submit this to the Exam Schools between January and March 2021. If you commenced your research degree prior to October 2007, you are not required to submit an electronic copy of your thesis.

You may order degree confirmation letters through the University online shop. When ordering letters through the online shop you do not have to input payment details in order to complete your order.

Tier 1 Post Study Work visa applications

On 6 April 2012, Tier 1 (Post Study Work) closed to new applicants and we will no longer be able to issue a degree confirmation letter for the purpose of applying for this visa. Visit our 'after your studies' section for more information.

Name changes

The name which you held when you completed your degree (granted 'leave to supplicate') will be the name on your degree certificate and degree confirmation letter. The only retrospective changes that can be made are where an administrative error has occurred or where the University is 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. Visit your student record.

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.

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