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Applications should be made through the Graduate Admissions Office. Full details of how to apply can be found on the main University website at:

Candidates for all degrees must be accepted by both the Board of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and by a College or Permanent Private Hall. Candidates may indicate their preference in the their application for a particular College or Permanent Private Hall, but this does not guarantee acceptance by that College or Hall. However, the Faculty will undertake to find a place for any candidate it accepts at one of the institutes that offers postgraduate studies in Languages.

Entry Requirements

The normal qualification for admission to study for a higher degree is a first or good upper second-class honours degree, or the equivalent, in the relevant language, or proof of linguistic ability commensurate with advanced literary study.

Applicants for the MSt in Slavonic Studies must have taken either Russian (as a sole language or as one of two languages) or Czech (with Slovak) in the Oxford Honour School of Modern Languages, or hold a comparable degree in a Slavonic language from another university, or must satisfy the Committee that they possess the necessary qualifications in a Slavonic language to profit from the course.

If English is not your first language, you are required to submit English language test results at the higher level.

Specific admissions criteria for each course can be found on the respective course page on the University’s central admissions website.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for all degrees are in November, January and March. Applications for funding must be received by the January deadline. This includes applicants who will also be applying for an award from the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council).

Applications are assessed in batches and all complete applications for a particular programme of study will be assessed and compared against each other after the applicable closing date. This system ensures that applications are assessed in a manner that complies with the current Equal Opportunities legislation in the United Kingdom.

All applications will be academically assessed firstly against the admissions criteria for that programme and then relatively in terms of the quality of previous academic excellence and future potential in comparison with the applications also received from other candidates for that programme.

In order for your application to be considered you must submit in good time to ensure that it reaches us in full on or before the relevant application deadline (closing date).

Application Deadlines for Entry in October 2017:

  • Friday 20 January 2017, Friday 10 March 2017
  • Friday 10 March to Thursday 31 August 2017 — for courses where places remain available

Application Process


We do not routinely interview applicants for Masters’ programmes. Interviews are normally held as part of the admissions process for the DPhil. If we do talk to you, face-to-face or on the telephone, the object of the discussion will normally be to clarify certain aspects of your application.

Result of the Application

Once your complete application has been academically assessed, you will be notified of the result. If you are successful and are offered a place, your offer letter will make clear any conditions (for example, achieving a particular degree result or providing an original language test result).

If your application is accepted by the Faculty, it will be passed to the college you have placed first on your list. You do not need to be in your supervisor’s college, but it might be sensible to choose a college that has a Fellow in the language you want to study.  If your first-choice college accepts you, you will receive an offer of a place subject to the fulfilment of financial conditions. Should your first-choice college  be unable to offer you a place, you will still definitely have a place but it may be at your second-choice college or at a college that is allocated on your behalf.

Your application is processed by the Graduate Admissions Office and they can discuss the progress of your application with you. More information about the application process can be found at:

Please note that if a candidate’s final results are not available by the end of August we reserve the right to defer an offered place until the following year, or until such time as the results can be provided.

Readmission applicants

Readmission applicants are treated in the same way as any other applicants, with the exception that they are not charged the application fee. They will need to provide all mandatory documents for the course, and be in receipt of at least two references for their application to be deemed ready for assessment. One of their references should be from their Oxford course supervisor. More information can be found on the University’s Graduate Admissions website.

Supporting Documents

Application Fee

There is a small application fee (currently £75) to pay for each programme application that you make. The fee is non-refundable and is payable whether your application is ultimately successful or not. We cannot process your application unless we receive payment in full at the same time. We accept payment by Credit card — VISA/MasterCard only.

The online application process allows you to apply for more than one course using the same registered user name and other information. You must provide separate supporting materials for each programme.

Submitted Work

You should submit two pieces of written work of approx. 2000 words each. Longer pieces should have a section of 2000 words clearly highlighted. Where necessary, a cover note may be attached, placing the extract in a larger context.

One of these pieces of work should be in English, the other may be in the language(s) relevant to the proposed course of study. Alternatively, both pieces of work may be written in English.

Proposal or Statement of Purpose

All applications will be read and carefully evaluated by specialists. You do not need to catch our attention. What you do need to do is to convince us that you have the right intellectual qualities, academic knowledge and skills (this should not take more than between 500 and 1,000 words).

A successful proposal/statement of purpose will explain how you see the programme you are applying for building upon your previous study and what you hope to do with the qualification you gain from us. Applicants for the M.St and M.Phil programmes might include details of the Special Subject options that most interest them. You should also explore the kinds of problems and issues you hope to engage with during the programme, while also demonstrating your knowledge of the subject and your understanding of how your proposed research relates to the wider discipline.


All applicants should provide three letters from academic persons closely acquainted with their work. The referees should express an opinion on the candidate’s aptitude for research.


As a condition of your offer, your college will require proof that you can pay the necessary fees and support yourself for the duration of the course. For full details of fees please see here.

The Faculty was able to offer 28 new awards (17 for doctoral studies and 11 for taught courses) for the academic year 2015-16 and is hoping to offer a similar number of awards (although not necessarily for the same subjects and in the same proportion) for 2017-18.

To be considered for University or Faculty studentships you must apply through the university admissions process by the January deadline.


The Faculty has a small number of studentships available to fund graduate study in Medieval and Modern Languages. These include Faculty/college studentships (which are offered across all of our M.St. courses and some doctoral research areas) as well as a number of trust-funded studentships, managed by other committees/Boards to whom the Faculty can make recommendations, and which have specific criteria.

All candidates applying for our graduate courses are automatically considered for these various awards and should NOT submit a separate application. Successful candidates will be informed at the point of an offer of a place.

The majority of the studentships are for MSt/MPhil applicants, although there is some funding for DPhil/PRS applicants. The studentships generally include a maintenance grant equivalent to the AHRC grant and full university /college fees.

Studentships covering fees, living expenses, or fees plus living expenses, are available to outstanding graduate applicants subject to eligibility. To be considered for funding, candidates applying to start a course from October 2017 must have submitted their University application(s) for the course(s) for which they wish to be considered by the relevant January deadline in 2017. To be considered for an Ertegun Graduate Scholarship candidates need to submit a supporting statement in addition to indicating that they wish to be considered for this particular studentship on their University application. Candidates will automatically be considered for their eligibility for funding from a number of sources including the AHRC, the Clarendon Fund, Oxford Colleges and benefactors.

Creative Multilingualism Doctoral Studentships

Three fully-funded DPhil studentships are tenable from 1st October 2017 in association with the AHRC-funded Creative Multilingualism programme. The studentships are for three years and are open to students of any nationality. Each studentship will cover University and College fees with a stipend equivalent to the Research Councils UK national minimum stipend (£14,057 in 2015).

The Creative Multilingualism programme conducts research on the nexus between multilingualism and creativity, in seven interlocking strands. It analyses a wide range of linguistic processes, with projects focusing on metaphor, intelligibility across related languages, the creative stimulus of multilingual theatre and music, multilingual literature, the multiple meanings created in the act of translation, and linguistic creativity in language learning.

For more information, please see the Creative Multilingualism website.

AHRC, Clarendon and other awards

The AHRC grant application process (for Home/EU students) will be managed by the University, so there is no need for a separate application to the AHRC. Medieval and Modern Languages has an allocation of doctoral and master’s awards from the AHRC. You must complete the relevant section on the application form to ensure that you are considered for AHRC funding.

The Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages also nominates candidates each year for Clarendon funding. Here too application is made through the central admissions process and candidates must complete the relevant section on the application form.

For further information about funding, please see here.

A full list of studentships awarded in the academic year 2015-16 is available here.

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