The University of Oxford is very competitive to get in with an acceptance rate of only 18% for 2019 undergraduate admissions. University received 21,515 applications for around 3,300 undergraduate seats. Philosophy, Politics, and Economics course received the maximum number of applications (2,219). Admissions were offered to nearly 3,840 applicants, and over 86% accepted the offer and enrolled in University.
Students can opt to provide college preference while applying or submit an open application. Open applications are allotted college by University based on the availability of seats. Usually, students with open applications (if accepted) are allotted college which received the lowest number of applications for the applied course.
COVID-19 Update: University of Oxford is accepting applications for the 2021-22 session. The admissions process for 2021 is expected to run to the usual timeline with any changes due to COVID-19 highlighted to the candidates who apply.
As a modern, research-driven university with an international character, Oxford has numerous strengths but cites particular prowess in the sciences and Management disciplines.
Undergraduate: UCAS: October 15
Written work: November 10
Portfolio: November 2
Graduate: Varies with Program
|Programs||Fees Per Annum (USD)||2021-22 Deadlines||Scores Accepted|
|M.Sc Computer Science||33,000||To be Disclosed||Undergraduate honors in computer science or mathematics|
No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.
|M.B.A||65,489||30 October 2020 (Stage 2)||2 Years Full-Time Work Experience|
Median GMAT score of 690
Median GRE score of 160 verbal & quantitative
|Executive M.B.A||1,08,600||26 October 2020|| 5 years' managerial experience|
GMAT score of 690
GRE score of 160 verbal & quantitative
|M.Sc Financial Economics||56,200||30 October 2020 (Stage 1)||GMAT/GRE: 85th Percentile & Verbal Scores in 80th Percentile|
|MSc Software Engineering||Registration: 20,515|
Per Module: 2,900
|Applications Open for 2020-22||Undergraduate in computer science, informatics, or engineering|
No GMAT or GRE Scores Required
|MSc Social Data Science||35,246||13 November 2020||First-class undergraduate degree with honors in any subject|
No GMAT or GRE Scores Required
Programming Skills in Python
|MSc Financial Economics||60,690||30 October 2020 (Stage 2)||GMAT/GRE: 85th Percentile & Verbal Scores in 80th Percentile|
Work Experience Preferable
|MSc Program Management||60,478||30 October 2020 (Stage 2)||5 Years + Work Experience|
|Mphil International Relations||37,651||Applications Open for 2020-22||Research or working experience|
Peer Reviewed Publication
|BA English Language and Literature||40,480||8 January 2021||English Literature |
|BA Medicine||45,411||15 October 2020||BMAT|
Chemistry with either Maths, Further Maths, Biology or Physics
|Bachelor Engineering Science||48,155||15 October 2020||Physics and Mathematics|
|BA Philosophy||40,295||15 October 2020||Language Course and Experience|
|BA Biological Sciences||38,211||15 October 2020||Two from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics|
|BA Human Sciences||38,020||15 October 2020||Biology or Mathematics|
University of Oxford enrolls over 10,000 international students from 150 countries constituting 43% of the total student population. Over 8,000 international applications were received for the 2019 undergraduate admission. China, followed by the USA and Singapore top the list for international students.
International applicants from a country where English is not the primary language should provide one of the scores mentioned in the table below, to demonstrate language proficiency:
|Test||Standard Level Score||Higher Level Score|
|-||Overall||Per Section||Overall||Per Section|
|Cambridge Certificate (CAE and CPE)||185||176||191||185|
Standard level scores are accepted for admission in Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics. Higher-level scores are accepted for all other programs.
University of Oxford also accepts the below-mentioned scores of the following programs as proof of test required to study in USA, in lieu of the aforementioned test scores:
|Program||Minimum Score Required|
|English level GCSE||Grade B or Grade 6|
|English level O-level||Grade B|
|International Baccalaureate Standard Level||Score of 5 in English (as Language A or B)|
|European Baccalaureate||Score of 70% in English|
Students who studied the last two academic years with English as a language of instruction, International Baccalaureate Program, or Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL) are not required to submit English proficiency scores.
Admission to some of the University of Oxford’s undergraduate programs requires submission of test scores and written work. Written work can be submitted electronically or in hard-copy directly to the college. Students must get their test candidate entry number by 15 October as proof of entry to be eligible for admission.
Where to Apply: UCAS Application
Application Fee: £18
|Course||Subject Requirement||Test||Additional Requirements|
|Engineering||Mathematics; Physics||PAT||Not Required|
|Economics and Management||Mathematics||TSA||Not Required|
|Fine Arts||Not Required||Not Required||Portfolio|
|Computer Science||Mathematics||MAT||Not Required|
|English||Latin, Greek or English Language; English Literature||ELAT||Two Essays upto 2000 words|
Note: Students can refer to the individual department’s guidelines for submitting written work.
The University of Oxford has specified test scores required to be submitted for admission in a particular course. These tests are conducted under the administration of Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing (CAAT). Applicants must register for the required tests through a nearby test center (school, college, or open test center).
Registration Deadline: October 15
Test Fee: Varies with Test Centre
Detailed information on some of the tests is provided below:
|Test||Question Type||Time||Section||Required for|
|Thinking Skill Assessment (TSA)||MCQ, Long Answer||90 minutes|
|Thinking Skill Assessment Writing test||Economics and Management, Experimental Psychology, Human Sciences,|
Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and Psychology,
Philosophy and Linguistics, Chemistry, History and Economics
|Physics Aptitude Test (PAT)||MCQ||2 hrs.||Physics, Maths||Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Physics and Philosophy|
|Classics Admission Test (CAT)||Long Answer||1 hr/section||Latin Translation, Greek Translation,|
Classics Language Aptitude Test
|Classics, Classics and English, Classics and|
Modern Languages, Classics and Oriental Studies.
|Mathematics Admission Test (MAT)||MCQ, Long Answer||2 hrs 30 minutes||Mathematics||Computer Science, Computer Science and Philosophy, Mathematics,|
Mathematics and Computer Science,
Mathematics and Philosophy, Mathematics and Statistics
|History Aptitude Test (HAT)||Long Answer||1 hr||Based on a paragraph||History, History (Ancient and Modern), History and Economics,|
History and English, History and Modern Languages, History and Politics
|Modern Language Admission Test (MLAT)||MCQ, Long Answer||30 minutes|
|Czech, French, German, Italian, Modern Greek,|
Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, Linguistics,
Language Aptitude Test, Philosophy
|European and Middle Eastern Languages, Classics and|
Modern Languages, English and Modern Languages,
History and Modern Languages, Philosophy and Modern Languages
|English Literature Admission Test (ELAT)||Long Answer||90 minutes||English||English Language and Literature, Classics and English, English and Modern Languages|
University of Oxford offers various masters, diploma, and doctoral courses under the research and teaching category. Graduate taught programs received 18,202 applications while research programs received 8,712 applications for the 2017-18 session. 5,872 students enrolled in university out of 9,050 accepted applications.
Where to Apply:Graduate Application
Application Fee: £150 (for MBA) and £75 (for other programs)
|Requirement||M.Sc in Engineering||M.Sc in Computer Science||M.B.A||M.Sc in Biochemistry||M.Sc in Mathematics|
|GRE/GMAT||Not Required||Not Required||Required||Not Required||Not Required|
|Research Proposal||Upto 1000-1500 words||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required|
|Letter of Recommendation||Three (one must be academic)||Three (one should be academic)||Two||Three||Three|
|Personal Statement||Not Required||Two pages||Required||Upto 1000 words||Two pages|
|Additional Requirement||Not Required||Not Required||Two years experience, Upto 250 words essay, Online Assessment Test||Not Required||Not Required|
|Application Deadline||November 16|
|January 11||November 16|
Interview of shortlisted candidates is conducted in university only. Since undergraduate applicants shortlisted for interview are informed in November and the interview is conducted in December, international applicants should apply for visitor/tourist visa at the time of filling UCAS application.
XII qualification studied with either the CBSE (All-India SSC) or CISCE (ISC) boards. For the CBSE board as an indication, it is required to have 91 or above for A1 and 81 to 90 for A2.
Courses: : Chemistry, Engineering Science, Mathematics, Mathematics and Philosophy, Mathematics and Statistics
• For CBSE board: Grades A1 A1 A1 A1 A2, with grade A1 in any subjects relevant to the course applied for.
• For CISCE board: Overall grade of at least 90%, with 95% or above in four subjects (including any relevant to the course applied for) and 85% or above in the fifth subject.
Courses: Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Earth Sciences (Geology), Economics and Management, Medicine, Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics (PPL)
• For CBSE board: Grades A1 A1 A1 A2 A2, with grade A1 in any subjects relevant to the course applied for.
• For CISCE board: Overall grade of 90% or more, with grades of at least 95% or above in three subjects (including any relevant to the course applied for) and 85% or above in the other two subjects.
Courses: Archaeology and Anthropology, Classics, English Language and Literature, Fine Art, History, Human Sciences, Law (Jurisprudence), Modern Languages, Music, Oriental Studies, Philosophy and Theology
• For CBSE board: Grades A1 A1 A2 A2 A2, with grade A1 in any subjects relevant to the course applied for.
• For CISCE board: Overall grade of 90% or more, with grades of at least 95% or above in two subjects (including any relevant to the course applied for) and 85% or above in the other three subjects.
International students from the Non-Europen Economic Area (EEA), admitted in a course of duration longer than six months, are required to apply for a Tier-4 student visa in UK. Other students can also use a Short-term Student Visa. EEA students just need a passport or official ID for studying in UK.
Requirements for Tier-4 student visa
Short-term Student Visa can be used if the duration, of course, is less than six months and no extension or work experience in the UK is required as part of the program.
Requirements for Short-term Student Visa:
Students should apply for a visa within six months of receiving CAS.0
Ques: What is the minimum age at which Oxford accepts candidates?
Ans: The University does not set any age requirement but applicants for all undergraduate courses will be expected to demonstrate a mature approach to the study of their subject. For Medicine, your application will not be shortlisted unless you will be at least 18 years old on the 1 November of your first term.
Ques: When can I apply for graduate courses starting in the academic year 2021/22?
Ans: The new admissions cycle for Oxford's graduate courses, for 2021/22 entry, will open on 1 September 2020.
Ques: What is a Visiting Student?
Ans: Visiting Student status is given to students from overseas (in most cases countries outside the EU) who apply to a college to spend up to one year in Oxford on a course related to a degree in their own country. Visiting Students are typically undergraduate students taking a year abroad.
Ques: Can I submit my graduate application before I’ve received my English language test results?
Ans: Yes, you can submit your graduate application without providing your English language test results.
As long as your application has been submitted in time for the relevant deadline, along with all other required supporting documents, it will be assessed by the relevant academic department as normal. If you receive English language test results after you’ve applied, you should upload these to your application via Graduate Applicant Self-Service any time later.
Ques: Is there a graduate application fee waiver?
Ans: All applicants must pay the £75 application fee, including those applying for or awarded scholarships, except: Readmission applicants, Those who received the maximum level of financial support for their UK undergraduate degree, Those resident in a country listed by the World Bank as being low-income
Ques: How do I change my course on the online application form?
Ans: Once you have selected a course from the keyword search on the online application form, it is not possible to change it for another. The only option available is to abandon the application, and start a new one for the correct course.
To start a new application, select 'Save and close' in the current application, navigate to the ‘My Applications’ screen and click the ‘Start new application’ button. Much of the data you have already entered will be pre-populated into the new application form to prevent you having to re-enter it.