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Continuing your studies

If you are thinking about going on to further your qualifications at the University of Oxford, find out about the range of opportunities available.

From undergraduate to postgraduate study

With over 120 doctoral programmes and more than 200 master’s level courses to choose from, there are plenty of opportunities to go on to graduate study at the University. Before you apply it is important to carefully consider the amount of time, effort and money required to complete a graduate programme, as well as the impact the qualification will have on your future career. The Careers Service website has useful information on how graduate study might help your career:

When deciding whether to apply it is also important to think about the differences between undergraduate and graduate study. While it might sound appealing to extend your time at university with a greater amount of freedom for independent study, you will not be able to rely on a structured timetable of lectures and tutorials and will be expected to manage your time effectively. You are also likely to notice a difference socially; although you are now familiar with Oxford, moving into graduate study may involve making new friends and moving to a new college. 

From postgraduate taught to research

If you are currently studying for a taught master's course at the University and wish to apply to carry on to a research programme with no break in your study, you can apply for readmission. There is no application fee and you will find the code you require in order to submit your application for readmission in Student Self Service at the appropriate time. There are some course exceptions to using this readmissions form.

Making an application

The University provides a step-by-step guide to applying for graduate study. From choosing the right programme of study and checking you meet the selection criteria to explaining funding options and the application process, you will find out all of the information you need at graduate admissions.

Department for Continuing Education

There are a variety of courses and qualifications on offer from the Department for Continuing Education. Most longer courses lead to a University award or other forms of credit but the large number of short courses on offer may be taken by those who are less interested in obtaining further qualifications. Short courses last from one day to several weeks.

Whether you wish to study a subject out of general interest or for personal satisfaction, as a member of a professional group or business organisation to update your professional knowledge and skills, or as a participant in the large number of courses for international groups, visit the Department for Continuing Education for more details.