College Selection Criteria for Graduates

The College considers applications from prospective new graduate students only once the applicant has been offered a place at the University by their academic department or faculty. This page aims to set out how the College assesses the applications.

  • Applicants must first have been accepted by a department or faculty of the University of Oxford before any college or permanent private hall may consider them.
  • Applications are considered for any of the courses for which the College admits students. Please consult the College tab on the main course page.
  • Applications are usually considered by academics in the relevant subject area.
  • The College aims to admit a certain number of graduate students each year across the range of subjects in which it accepts graduate students, and this will determine the number of offers which can be made to applicants.
  • Where there are more applicants than offers which can be made, the relative academic merit and potential of the applicants will be taken into account. It may not be possible to make offers to applicants whose applications are received late in the admissions round, when places are full.
  • The possession of competitively won funding may be taken into account as an indicator of the applicant’s merit and potential.
  • Preference may be given to applicants whose areas of study overlap with the academic interests of the College’s academics.
  • The final decision on whether to offer a place in the light of the overall competition for graduate places and the spread of those places across subject areas is usually taken by the Tutor for Graduate Admissions.
  • Please note that any offer of a place will be subject to satisfactory completion of the financial declaration form that will be sent to the applicant as part of the offer of a place. Please consult the University’s guidance on the Financial Declaration for more details.
  • Preference may be given to current or past students of the College who meet the selection criteria described above.