What should I include in my statement of purpose and how long should it be?

Your statement of purpose should tell us why you are interested in following this particular course and how you feel that you will benefit.  You should aim to submit one to two pages, which also includes an account of your career to date and the benefits of any professional or academic learning you have undertaken.

Do I need to attend the residential units and is there an additional cost?

Yes, attendance at these residential units is a requirement of the course.  During the first residential, you will meet the tutors and your fellow students who you will be in contact with during the course.  The second residential will include matriculation in Oxford, a University requirement for those completing with the award of MSc.  The residentials last five days, running from Monday to Friday. We can assist with finding accommodation if required, however, the cost is NOT included in fee costs and so students may prefer to find their own accommodation. Further information is provided on entry to the course.

Will I have College membership?

Those progressing to the MSc (dissertation) will have college affiliation in the second year of the course and matriculate during the second residential.

How much time will I be expected to study?

This will vary but on average you should expect to be studying for the equivalent of 10 to 15 hours per week during the eight week terms.  However, some of the work can be spread out to take place between terms, and some of your task and assignment research work will take place during your normal teaching.

How will my work on the course be supported?

You will be allocated a supervisor, and be able to access the University’s VLE (WebLearn) to discuss aspects of your work with other students.

Who should I choose as my referees?

You are required to provide the details of three referees on your application form.  We are looking for references from your employer, and an academic reference if possible.  Please note that, as part of the University regulations, the Graduate Admissions Office is unable to release your application to us until you have provided at least two references with your application.  Once we have received and considered your application we will then make a decision whether or not we wish to pursue the third if you have not already provided it.

Why am I entered for the Postgraduate Diploma on entry when I have applied for the MSc?

The Postgraduate Diploma is simply part of the process through the course.  It allows an exit award for those who do not wish to continue beyond a certain point in the course, or for those who were unsuccessful in their final assessment (dissertation).  We expect all students to continue to the MSc when they sign up for the course, and the course is designed to lead students to this point, however, we understand that personal circumstances can sometimes change.