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.

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: 

EMBAMSc ​Applied Linguistics for Language TeachingMSc Major Programme Management
MSc Microelectronics, Optoelectronics and CommunicationsMSc Nanotechnology for Medicine and Health CareMSt Practical Ethics​
MSc Sleep MedicineMSc TaxationMSc Educational Assessment

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.

New students will be matriculated in absentia during 0th Week of Michaelmas term 2020, and a remote University welcome will be held, due to the ongoing pandemic. The Formal Welcome to the University by the Vice-Chancellor will take place on the date originally planned for the face-to-face ceremony - Saturday 17 October (end of 1st Week).  Hosted online, it will see the Vice-Chancellor addressing all new students (whether matriculated or not) – incorporating traditional elements of previous matriculation ceremonies, while acknowledging the extraordinary circumstances brought about by the pandemic. Decisions about whether to substitute in-person matriculation ceremonies throughout the remainder of the 2020/21 academic year with matriculation in absentia will be taken at a later date. Further details about the Formal Welcome will be provided soon.

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. Although you may not need to matriculate, all students will be invited to attend the remote Formal Welcome to 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. You are not required to wear sub fusc for the remote Formal Welcome to the University.

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