The Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford is one of the world’s leading centres for research and teaching on the languages, history and cultures of Asia and the Middle East. Among subjects in the humanities, Oriental Studies is unique in introducing students to civilisations that are radically different from the Western ones that form the basis of the curriculum in most British schools and colleges. The courses run at Oxford present both the major traditions of the regions studied and, in most cases, their modern developments. The multidisciplinary Faculty has members in linguistics, philology, literature, archaeology, history, religious studies, art history and the social sciences.
Our courses are listed below, with links to individual pages for each course. Undergraduate degrees are shown by default, but you can change the filter to show details of our Graduate courses. Once you have consulted the Faculty pages about each course, the main University Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate Admissions pages provide further information about the available courses, their fees and entry requirements, and details on how to apply.
The following courses have reopened for applications for entry in 2021-21:
Details about Exam Regulations for each of the courses can be found here.
A number of scholarships and grants are available at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, both at Undergraduate and Graduate levels. Further information can be found on the Scholarships and Grants webpage.
Please also refer to the course handbooks for students studying in the Faculty:
Information for EU students: Updates on the University’s Brexit strategy can be found here, and a student Q&A can be found here.
Follow this link for a statement from the Chair of the Faculty Board on Internationalism and Diversity.
Follow this link for resources and support during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic.