Graduate Admissions

Carving - Old Indian InstituteApplications for graduate study are first considered by a faculty or department and then by a college. If an application is successful the applicant will first receive an offer from the Faculty and then a further offer from a college. There is further information on colleges below.

This page contains information relating to application to the Faculty of Oriental Studies. Please consult the University's Oriental Studies courses page for information on the programmes on offer within the Faculty.

How to Apply

For information on how to apply for any of our courses, please consult the University's Application Guide.

Application Deadlines

Information on the deadlines for application can be found in the University's Application Guide. Please note that some courses only accept applications for particular deadlines: please consult the individual course pages at the University's Oriental Studies courses page for information on the deadlines used by each programme. For any courses which advertise that they will consider applications after the March deadline if places are available, please note that the final deadline for applications to those courses will be 28 July (or before if places are filled).

For information on everything that happens after you submit your application, including your self-service options, see the Decision timeline.Radcliffe Camera

Admissions Criteria

Please see the individual course pages, available at the University's Oriental Studies courses page, for information on the selection criteria for each course. Detailed information on supporting documents and English Language Requirements can be found in the University's Application Guide. Please note that if your application is successful and you are made an offer, the deadline for sending the hard copies of any documents required as a condition of your offer will be 31 August.


PuntsChoosing a College for Oriental Studies

For applicants who do not know Oxford, choosing a college can be perplexing. If you have completed undergraduate studies at Oxford you may prefer to stay at your undergraduate college. Or, wherever you studied previously, you may wish to select a college that admits only graduate students. It is worth noting that availability of accommodation, costs, IT provision, and other things can vary considerably from one college to another, so it is important to do some research before selecting one. On the graduate application form, you may choose to either(i) indicate that you have no college preference, in which case a college will be selected on your behalf, or (ii) state a college preference. You will not be able to amend your choice after submitting your application. Whether or not you state a college preference will not affect how your application is assessed or whether or not you are made an offer. You can consult the individual course pages, available at the University's Oriental Studies courses page, for details of which colleges accept applications for your chosen course. For further information, please refer to the Application Guide.

Funding in Oriental Studies

Graduate study at Oxford is a rewarding experience but it is also a significant investment and securing funding is one of the biggest challenges that graduate students encounter. You do not have to have your funding organised to be offered an initial place. However, if you were to be made an offer the college offering you a place would ask you to complete a Financial Declaration form. This aims to ensure that you are fully aware of the expected fees and living costs associated with your chosen course of study and it is your opportunity to consider very carefully the financial commitment you are entering into, and to take full responsibility for it.

The Faculty strongly recommends that no student embark on a course without having full arrangements for funding in place. Masters courses are intended to be full-time, and the Faculty discourages research students from seeking employment to fund their studies.

Fee rates for courses offered by the Faculty of Oriental Studies have been the subject of a review and in many cases have been increased significantly. This affects both Home/EU and Overseas rates. The latest information on Fees and Living Costs is available here.

The Faculty regrets that it is unable to offer individual funding advice, owing to the large number of different schemes available and the wide range of applicants’ situations and needs. To research funding schemes the best places to start are the University’s pages for funding for prospective graduate students and the Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search tool.

Please remember that for the majority of University-wide scholarships the deadline for application is the January deadline. Please see the Application Guide for further information. 

The Faculty has some targeted funding to support graduate students. Most of this is available as small grants to assist students during their studies rather than full scholarships. You can find information about Faculty specific funding here.

General Admissions Information