Admission criteria (MSc)

Selection criteria for MSc Programmes (entry in 2019-20)

Please note that these criteria do not apply to the MSc Learning and Teaching. Please go here for details of that programme.

Within equal opportunities principles and legislation, applications will be assessed in the light of a candidate’s proven and potential academic excellence. For further details, please see the full current selection criteria:

The following factors will govern whether candidates can be offered places:

  • The ability of the department to provide the appropriate supervision, research opportunities, teaching and facilities for the student’s chosen area of work.
  • There are limits to the numbers of students who may be admitted onto the departments’ research and taught programmes.
  • Appropriate supervision may not be available for a particular area of academic study.
  • Well-qualified candidates may not be offered a place because other candidates have been judged to have greater academic ability.

Equal opportunity is promoted at every stage of the application procedure. Funding is not taken into consideration in the decision to offer a place. It is not normally possible to defer an offer of a place, and any decision to reapply will lead to a full reassessment, with decisions made in relation to the new competitive field.

Graduate supervision is the responsibility of the department as a whole and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff.

It should also be noted that acceptance gives no guarantee of final success, and that all courses require the student to develop their learning and skills.

Contacting Academic Members of Staff

You can find out more information about our staff, and their research interests, on our website People. However, please address your enquiries to the Higher Degrees Office in the first instance and, if necessary, we will ensure they are passed on to the relevant member of staff.

Equal Opportunities Policy for Students

The University of Oxford and its colleges aim to provide education of excellent quality at undergraduate and postgraduate level for able students, whatever their background. In pursuit of this aim, the University is committed to using its best endeavours to ensure that all of its activities are governed by principles of equality of opportunity, and that all students are helped to achieve their full academic potential. This statement applies to recruitment and admissions, to the curriculum, teaching and assessment, to welfare and support services, and to staff development and training.

Please see the Equal Opportunities Policy statement for further information.

Page last modified: August 31, 2018