Graduate Study at Nuffield College
Thank you for your interest in studying at Nuffield College, and welcome to the graduate admissions pages of our website. These pages are designed to provide prospective applicants with information and guidance on the process of applying for graduate study at Nuffield, and about possible funding opportunities. We have also aimed to provide links to other sources of information (mainly within the University). Please take the time to read all the information carefully, and if you have queries that these pages do not answer please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nuffield is a graduate college of the University of Oxford specialising in the Social Sciences, particularly Economics, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology and Social Policy. The College welcomes applications for graduate study from suitably qualified students in these three fields, as well as in some interdisciplinary areas provided that the main focus of study concerns the social sciences. Further information about the College’s activities and expertise in these areas can be found by following the links above. The best way to check whether Nuffield accepts students for the course you intend to apply for is to consult the relevant course page of the University’s graduate admissions website; individual course pages also provide definitive information about the deadline by which your application needs to be made.
Before you can be considered for a graduate place at Nuffield College, you must first have secured an offer from the University to study for a course for which Nuffield accepts students. General information about how the graduate application process works can be found on the University website, here; all candidates should read these guidelines.
When you apply to the University, you can state a college preference on your application form or, if you have no particular preference, you can let the University assign you a college. There is no guarantee that your preferred college will accept you, but if you are offered a place by the University you are guaranteed a college place somewhere. Specifying a college choice on your application will normally mean that your application is sent to that college first for consideration, once the University has accepted your application. You can find some general guidance about choosing a college here, and further information about why you should choose Nuffield here. And don’t just take our word for it: follow this link to find out why other students chose Nuffield and to read about their experiences here.
If you receive an offer of a graduate place at Nuffield it will be conditional on you being able to provide evidence of how you will fund your studies in the first year of your course (the offer from your department may also carry academic conditions). For further information about possible funding opportunities, please click here. Please note that in order to be considered for the majority of funding opportunities it is necessary to submit your application by the relevant January deadline.
Criteria for admission
Nuffield College places great value on the pre-eminence of its research and its teaching activities and aims to attract social sciences students of the highest academic merit. Applicants who are successful in securing a place for graduate study here are typically expected to have achieved, or to be on track to achieve, a first or a distinction (or equivalent) in their degree preceding their application, and candidates applying to Nuffield will normally have (or be studying towards) a degree in one of the following subjects: economics, politics, international relations, philosophy, history, economic history, sociology, statistics, demography, or human sciences, or - in the case of candidates applying for Economics courses - maths or physics. Applications are assessed by admissions panels acting on behalf of each of the three main subject groups within College. Interdisciplinary applications are either sent to the admissions panel closest to the relevant subject, or are sent to specific individuals within College for review.