Graduate Admissions

Applying for a graduate course

A student wishing to read for one of the graduate degrees under the auspices of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University must first be assessed and admitted by the Faculty Board of Oriental Studies. The Faculty's offer of a place includes the guarantee of a college place, although not necessarily in an applicant's preferred college.

You may wish to consult the relevant programme entries in the University's Graduate Studies Prospectus as well as the list of available graduate courses on this website before submitting your application.

Your application needs to be complete by the deadline of Friday, 19th January 2018, noon UK time, and must include at least two references, with a third reference required in order to complete the application process.

The application form is available from 1st September 2017 and there is nothing to be gained from applying early, as we assess all applications together after the deadline. However, we would advise you not to leave submitting your application form until the last minute.

The most useful links to guide you through the application process:

Selection criteria
  • Capacity to work at a high intellectual level 
  • Preparedness for your proposed programme of study 
  • Ability to identify and formulate an appropriate project for individual research (not equally important for admission to all master’s programmes, but – all things being equal – excellence in this regard will always increase your competitiveness for funding
  • Fit with our programme and supervisory capacity

We assess using five main criteria: previous results (sometimes interim), references, proposal (viability of topic and level of background research already done), written work (research and writing skills), and overall preparedness for the course.

Entrance requirements

For all entrance requirements please consult the individual course pages via the page below:

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