Graduate Students

While this website is mostly aimed at home undergraduates, we also want to offer a big hello to anyone interested in Masters or PhD study at Oxford! The University website contains a lot of really useful information about graduate life at Oxford, including videos of what it is like to be one of the 10,000+ graduate students here.

I’ll take this opportunity to answer three questions you might have.

First, can I afford to do graduate study at Oxford? We have a considerable amount of scholarships and other funding sources available at both Masters and PhD (we call it DPhil here, but it’s the same thing) level – full details are on the University website. While we can’t fund everyone yet, we at OUSU continue to push for more.

Second, how do I choose a college? It’s a difficult choice but most of the information on this website is also relevant to graduate students: is the college old or new, near or further away etc. Check on the University website whether it takes your course, and how much accommodation it provides. Also, over a third of applicants don’t specify a college – so this remains an option.

Third, what is it like to be a graduate student here? Answer: there are so many opportunities, both academic and outside of your studies, that it is a great place to study. The quality of research conducted at Oxford is world-class – being part of this – either on a taught course or on a research programme – is unbeatable. Outside of this, you will be part of a “Common Room” to meet people across disciplines, attend no end of events, take part in college sports and much, much more. Finally, it’s a wonderful, vibrant city with students from over 140 countries, and infinitely more different backgrounds.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at vpgraduates@ousu.ox.ac.uk.

Nick Cooper, OUSU Vice President (Graduates)