Matriculation is the ceremony that marks your formal admission to the University.


Matriculation confers membership of the University on students. Regulations for matriculation are set out in the University Statutes and Regulations.

Matriculation in Michaelmas term 2021 

The Michaelmas term matriculation event on Saturday 16 October is planned to take place in-person at the Sheldonian Theatre.
We urge you to follow all Government and University health advice at the ceremony, to minimise COVID-19 risks to students, staff and the wider community.  
This includes: 
  • Getting vaccinated ahead of your arrival in Oxford
  • Taking a lateral flow test before attending (as part of regular testing while you are living and studying on-site)
  • Wearing a face covering at the event (these will be provided on the day for all matriculants)
If you are self-isolating or have symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the ceremony, you must not attend.
You must also consider your behaviour after the event. When wearing sub-fusc in and around the city, you are representing the University. It is essential that you are considerate of the wider community, and where possible, we encourage you to return to home after you matriculate.
If you are not able to attend the event in-person because you cannot travel to Oxford, or if are quarantining or self-isolating, you will be able to attend smaller ceremonies later in the year.  If you have concerns about attending, you should speak to your college.
If local health advice changes, the ceremony will take place online. We will notify you if this is the case. 
Please contact your college if you have any queries about the event. 

You should be matriculated if you are:

  • Following a degree level course and are enrolled at the University of Oxford*: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Theology, BFA, Masters, DPhil
  • A Princeton student
  • A student for the Certificate in Theology, Certificate for Theology Graduates, the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology or the Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies
  • A student for specific Diplomas and Certificates e.g. Diploma in Legal Studies (incoming Erasmus students), Diploma in Applied Statistics, Postgraduate Diploma in Theology, Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, Certificate and Diploma in Theological and Pastoral Studies, Postgraduate Diploma in Integrated Immunology
  • An Erasmus student who is taking an Oxford degree or Diploma/Certificate in Legal Studies or the MSt in Modern Languages
  • A student on a Matriculated Non-Award Programme.

*For some part-time and distance learning courses which must matriculate, provision has been made within the University Regulations for students on these course to matriculate in absence: 

Executive MBA (EMBA)MSc ​Applied Linguistics for Language TeachingMSc Clinical Trials
MSc Educational AssessmentMSc Global Healthcare LeadershipMSc Learning and Teaching
MSc Major Programme ManagementMSc Medical EducationMSc Microelectronics, Optoelectronics and Communications
MSc Nanotechnology for Medicine and Health Care
MSt Practical Ethics​
MSc Precision Cancer Medicine
MSc Sleep MedicineMSc Taxation MSc Teacher Education

You should not be matriculated if you are:

  • A Visiting student
  • Studying for a Diploma and Certificate open to ‘non-members’ of the University (largely those offered by the Department for Continuing Education, Department of Computer Science, and Saïd Business School)
  • Studying for the Doctor of Clinical Psychology
  • An Erasmus exchange student who is not taking a University course or examination (classified as Visiting Students) except Erasmus students who are taking the Diploma in Legal Studies or the MSt in Modern Languages (see above) and who are therefore matriculated
  • A Recognised student.

Although not formally members of the University, non-matriculated students are expected to observe the same rules and regulations as matriculated students.

When should you matriculate?

If your course starts at the beginning of Michaelmas term, you would normally matriculate at the end of the first week of that term.

If your course starts at a different time, there are ceremonies at the end of each Michaelmas term and at the end of each Hilary and Trinity term. You must matriculate within two terms of starting your course, otherwise you will be unable to take a University examination. If you have any questions about matriculation, contact your college.

There is a separate matriculation ceremony for students on the MSt in International Human Rights Law programme. Your department will provide you with the details.

You matriculate at the start of your first degree from the University of Oxford. Matriculation confers membership of the University on students, therefore you do not need to matriculate at the start of any subsequent degrees at the University. 

What should I wear to matriculate?

The required dress for matriculation is known as sub fusc, details of which are available from the academic dress page. For the ceremony on 16 October 2021 you are required to wear a face covering unless exempt from doing so.

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