For full details of the application procedures for graduate courses at Oxford University, and to apply on-line, please see the Applications and Admissions Procedure pages of the University's on-line Graduate Studies Prospectus

Applications are considered first by the relevant department. If an application is successful and a departmental offer is made, the application is then considered by the candidate's college of preference (see the College Admissions Criteria below). A departmental offer guarantees a place at a college, but not necessarily at the college of preference.

College Selection Criteria

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 in which the College offers admission. Please consult the College Guide on the University's website to see these courses.

Applications are usually considered by the Fellows in the relevant subject area and the Academic Director (who is also the Tutor for Graduates).

Preference will normally be given to applicants whose area of study overlaps with the academic interests of the College’s academic staff.

The College aims to admit a certain number of graduate students each year spread 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 may 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 academic merit and potential.

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 Academic Director. The College and University do not normally provide individual feedback in unsuccessful applications.

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 Financial Declaration page on the University's website for more details.

Preference may be given to current or past students of the College who meet the selection criteria described above.

A few useful tips: 

  • Please be sure to consult the on-line Graduate Studies Prospectus to ensure you apply by the correct Deadline(s) for the subject area and course in which you are interested.
  • We recommend that you apply by one of the earlier admissions deadlines, in order to increase your chances of being accepted by your college of preference, since college places fill up quickly. This is particularly important if you are applying for scholarships.
  • Non-native English speakers - please be aware of Oxford University's English Language Requirements.
  • And lastly, we very much hope that you will Choose Jesus College as your college of preference!