The University of Oxford is one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world and also the oldest university in the UK located in Oxford town of Oxfordshire county. It is on the top of the list of the seven British and Irish ancient universities founded before 1600. It is also a member of the Russell Group — a self-selected association of twenty-four public research universities in the United Kingdom.

The Cost of Study at Oxford University


-Minimum On averageMedicine
Year of study16230GBP23885GBP 18620GBP-32895GBP
Contributions to the college7570GBP7570GBP3112GBP-7570GBP
Food and accommodation12168GBP16800GBP16800GBP
Medical insurance150GBP150GBP150GBP
Transportation expenses500GBP700GBP700GBP
Total per year36618GBP49105GBP43840GBP-53557GBP

The Cost of Doing a Master’s Degree at Oxford

CourseDegreeDurationTuition fee per year
History of ArtMPhil21 months19342GBP
EconomicsMPhil21 months20387GBP
Computer scienceMSc1 year23027GBP
MBAMBA1 year55000GBP
Executive MBAEMBA21 months75642GBP

Oxford University History

The exact date of Oxford University foundation is unknown, however it was firstly mentioned in 1096. Since 1167 the university has started to attract the brightest minds from all the UK because Henry II made English students give up their education in France and they returned home to study. The royal charter that followed in 1248 finally consolidated the university status. Here such disciplines as theology, medicine, law and liberal arts and sciences were taught. Initially Oxford University had quite a small territory and only monks were taught there. However, since the second half of the 13 century religious communities and colleges started to emerge. Later, until the 18 century, Oxford University was involved in a bunch of religious and political disputes yet continuing its educational activity and not losing the status of the principal world institution. Until the 19 century Oxford University was teaching mostly the exact sciences, later many subjects of Humanities were included and also the Medical School was opened which now is considered to be one of the best in the world (2nd position in 2015/16 according to QS Rankings).
After World War I and the loss of about 40% of students on the battlefields, Oxford experienced a significant modernization and began to train specialists in virtually all fields of knowledge. The study process was becoming more systematic, which eventually made the university one of the foremost scientific institutions in Europe.

Infrastructure and Facilities in Oxford University

Oxford University enjoys quite a large territory — more than 28 acres of forest and parks land, that is impressive. Many university colleges are located in the city center or nearby, so many university campuses neighbour cultural heritage, stores, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Besides, on the territory it is easy to find several churches, The Sheldonian theater, and more than a hundred museums and libraries. Moreover, Oxford University has its own publishing house where the famous Oxford dictionary is printed.
There are also an arboretum and the oldest Botanic Garden in the UK among university buildings. It is notable that classrooms and canteens of some colleges could be seen in the Harry Potter film series. Christ Church College dining hall was one of the most famous sight there. You may enjoy a unique atmosphere in the student town — medieval architecture, smoothly shaven evergreen lawns, small parks with labyrinths of evergreen bushes and trees, glorious buildings and chapels. All of these attracts more than 9 million tourists annually.
There is no division of specializations in Oxford University colleges, so a student of any college may study in any department. Oxford Colleges are unique academic communities that form a distinctive image of the university. Each college has its own dining hall, bar, library, lounge and halls of residence.

Oxford University annually recruits about 3200 students, so the university cannot provide every student with a room in its halls of residence. Only 57% of students and 70% of first-year students eventually get rooms in Halls of Residence.

Oxford University Faculties

Even though nowadays Oxford University is mostly famous for the field of Humanities, the exact, social and medical sciences are taught on the same top level as well as banking and law. All faculties are combined into four major divisions: humanities, social sciences, mathematics, physical and life sciences, and medical sciences. The University of Oxford is like a small state which has 38 various colleges and 6 Permanent Private Halls (PPH). The main difference between them lays in the number of students, daily schedule, charter and taught disciplines.

PPHs are supported by many religious organisations including the Roman Catholic Church. The university offers education in almost all possible specialisations for Bachelor’s level, Master students can learn everything except Accounting.
Oxford University is proud of the level of teaching humanities (the 1st place, according to the QS rankings), social sciences and its medical education. Oxford is usually no lower than the tenth line of rankings in all fields of knowledge.
Field of knowledgeCompetition, person / place
Economics and Management14.2
Computer science12.3
Medicine10.2
Biomedical sciences9.1
History and Political science7.9
Philosophy, politics and economics7.5
Law studies7.4
Mathematics7
Physics6.2
Biochemistry5.8
Oxford University as any other ancient university has in its disposition a whole network of campuses among which there are also students’ dormitories. Rental fee usually depends on sleeping places in a room and a decoration. You may take into consideration that the most successful students (academically) have an opportunity to live in a separate apartment.

An average student pays around £250 - £350 per month for a place in a dormitory. Private rental is more expensive — from £350 to £400 per month (utilities and common costs not included). Food expenses could account for £150 - £200 per month, books and materials — £50 - £100. Leisure activities and night fun in pubs are integral parts of student life in Oxford and they also require money, quite a large amount to say.

Scientific Achievements in Oxford


  • Oxford University entered the list of TOP-10 best universities in the world in 2016.
  • In 2013 a collaboration of Oxford and Harvard researchers found a gene for human growth — it was a side effect during the research on heart diseases.
  • During the experiment a pattern was revealed indicating that tall people have higher risk of particular cancer diseases.
  • Oxford University is a place for many discoveries in the field of cosmology — Mars research, the trajectory of the galaxies (it was found that in 5 billion years our galaxy will collide with Andromeda galaxy), the Universe emergence theories.
  • In particular, in 2013 Oxford scientists discovered a “glass planet” which surface was covered with the analog of our glass.
  • In 2013 genetics professor Bryan Sykes and a group of Oxford researchers finally disproved the existence of a snowman. A mysterious animal which was taken for a snowman was revealed to be a rare species of bear.
  • One of the most fundamental research on cancer treatment in 2011 was carried out in Oxford. During the research a gene responsible for sublimation of malignant cells was discovered.

Oxford University Admission Requirements


The process usually starts with submitting the application in UCAS system. It should be mentioned in the application why a student has chosen the particular field of study. The following step depends on applicant’s wish to pursue an undergraduate degree or postgraduate degree in Oxford University. In any case, the first step is to standardize a diploma or a high school certificate.

Unfortunately, certificates of education issued by another countries (for example, the CIS countries) are not always recognized in the UK. Applicant can resolve the issue in several ways by going through special preparatory schools in the UK in order to be finally admitted to the university.
PathAgeDurationMin. gradeAverage cost
A-Levels16-18 years old2 yearsA*AA25000GBP
IB16-19 years old2 years3820000GBP
Foundationfrom 17 years old2 years4470GBP

Applicant will go through a 2-year foundation program in one of schools or colleges in Great Britain. The first year is devoted to 4 specific subjects including Advanced English. During the second year there are 3 more disciplines. To enter Oxford University successfully, you must pass all the exams and get excellent grades. To be accepted to A-Levels program participants should have a command of English on the Intermediate level proving it by IIELTS certificate with no less than 5.0. Some schools offer accelerated programs which last only 1 year. A-Levels tuition fee in a private school is approximately £25,000-£30,000 with full board. Studying in a public school costs around £8,000 per year, which is much cheaper, however you should consider costs of living in a host family or in apartments (around £7,000). One of the most popular A-Levels program is in the D’Overbroeck College, Oxford.
A-levels grades% of students admitted to Oxford
A*A*A*40.6%
A*A*A26.3%
A*AA20.4%
AAA7.3%
Below5.3%
A-levels
International Baccalaureate could be an analog for A-levels with the same quality. It assumes that a student goes through a 2-year specific program in a private school in the UK that is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Program includes 6 subjects and a course paper at the end of study. IB could cost between £15,000-£30,000 per year depending on school location. If student’s command of English is not enough to pursue IB, there is a special Pre-IB 1-year course for improving speaking, writing and comprehending skills (tuition fee is ~ £25,000 per year).
International Baccalaureate

Applicants have an opportunity to take a 1-year or 2-year Foundation program in Oxford University in such fields as History, English Language and Literature (average tuition fee per year is starting from 4470GBP (without housing and living expenses). After completion of these programs students can apply directly for the second year of corresponding Bachelor programs at Oxford University.
Foundation
To become a student of Oxford applicants should complete 2 years in a university in his/her home country or other country. It is possible to apply right after completion of 1 year of university. As one of the leading institutions Oxford requires excellent academic standing and high SAT/ACT scores. Of course, a perfect knowledge of English is an essential prerequisite (no less than IELTS 7.0). Another requirement is an essay in English and a motivation letter which allows to stand out from the crowd and win the admission committee.
In case of successful passing of the first step the applicant will come through an interview with a referee which will assess student’s potential.
Academic recommendations from teachers and professors are also a part of application.

Minimum Level of English Knowledge

TestMin. grade
IELTS7.0-7.5
TOEFL100-110
CAE185-191
CPE185-191
IB English5
The minimum requirements depend on a study field and programme. So, for a bachelor’s degree course in English literature, the admission committee will require at least 7.5 in IELTS, and you can hypothetically be admitted to a master’s degree course in organic chemistry with the IELTS result of 7.0.

Application Deadlines and Procedure in Oxford University

You should begin the process of submitting documents to the Oxford undergraduate programme immediately after the completion of the first year of study at A-Levels or IB.
-StageDeadline
1.The beginning of applications registration on the UCAS websiteJune
2.Deadline UCAS15 October 18:00
3.Entrance exam31 October
4.Deadline of written paper submission10 November
5.Interview1-20 December
6.The Admission committee decisionafter 9 January
7.The beginning of study8 October
Applications are open till the 15th of October through the centralized UCAS system developed especially for those wanting to enroll in the UK universities. There is also another way to apply — through early admission process when the application is sent a year prior to admission. You may apply immediately after your first year in a local higher education institution, e.g. in the middle of June, as your documents will be considered during the next 12 months.

The features of applying to a Master's degree programme at the University of Oxford vary and depend on the particular study programme. The table below shows the main stages of admission and the basic information, and in order to learn about specific requirements it is better to refer to the full list of courses on the official website.

-StageFeatures
1.English exam doingthree months before the submission of documents
2.Search for scholarships and grants for studyingindividual terms
3.The requirements checking on the programme website-
4.Graduate Applicant Self Service deadline
  • 8 / 19 January
  • 17 November
  • 9 March
5.InterviewSkype / in person
6.The admission committee decision8-10 weeks after the application submission
7.Decision on the grant and scholarshipsFebruary — June
8.Searching for a place in the college4-6 weeks after the decision

Documents for Admission to Oxford University

-Bachelor's degree programmeMaster’s degree programme
Applicationonline on the UCAS websiteonline on the university website
Exams
  • entrance exams
  • BMAT
  • LNAT
-
Transcripts-Diploma grades
Recommendationsone from the teacher of the core subjectthree from the university lecturers
Education documentsA-Levels / IB / Foundation / 2 years of universityBachelor's Degree
From the applicant
  • academic resume
  • statement of purpose
  • research plan
  • piece of writing
  • portfolio
  • All documents are submitted in English, and documents originally written in another languages must be translated and notarized. In case of successful completion of the first stage of the selection, an entrant is going to have an interview with a professor who will evaluate not only knowledge (all applicants who have passed the selection stages before have rich erudition), but the academic potential.

    Applicants are not required to choose college immediately as they can submit an open application. As a result he/she will be given a list of colleges available for a particular student. Basically colleges have more similarities than differences and the majority of subjects are taught in each of them.

    Admission Statistics at Oxford University

    Applicants19938
    Applicants who received invitations3771
    Applicants admitted3270 (16.4%)
    Foreign students20.1%
    Private schools-leavers41.8%
    Women and men ratio50.1% / 49.9%
    Countries of foreign students origin
    In total, in 2017 the Oxford University Admission Committee received more than 45000 entry applications, but most of the candidates are screened out at the first stages of the entry campaign.

    Statistics of Admission to the Master’s Degree Programmes of Oxford

    Total applications25994
    Applications from foreign students75.4%
    Applicants admitted5548 (21.3%)
    Foreign applicants admitted3572 (64.4%)

    Social sciences48.61%
    Humanities16.24%
    Mathematics, Physics and Life sciences17.02%
    Medical sciences9.88%

    Why to Apply for Oxford University?

    • Oxford University education systems has a tutoring system, so every student is assigned to a tutor.
    • A tutor develops a tailor-made program for a student taking into consideration specifics and particular skills of that student.
    • Oxford University has received Royal University Award 9 times — more than any university in the UK.
    • There is a great campus system in Oxford. Students can live either in a student residence or separate apartments.
    • Oxford University has all rights to be proud of its alumni among whom there are 40 Nobel laureates, 25 British premier ministers, 6 kings, 12 saints and about hundred worldwide famous politicians.
    • Oxford students have the opportunity to spend their leisure time in different electives and hobby clubs which accounts for more than 300. There are plenty of literature, sports, language clubs etc.
    • In Oxford sport events are taken very seriously and many students take part in sports competitions such as football, basketball, rowing (jointly with Cambridge students), baseball and other fields.
    • For sport lovers there are a fitness studio, playgrounds for cricket and hockey, several tennis courts, 15 grass fields for football and baseball plays, 25-meter swimming pool and gym.
    • Oxford has the biggest library system in the UK — more than a hundred libraries. The university also has several museums and a botanical garden on its territory.
    • Oxford Career Service helps students to get an offer from the most prestigious companies in the world.
    • Every weekend Student Leisure Center organises for students excursions for various towns, games and dance events.
    • 7 million GBP are spent annually on financial aid in Oxford.There is no tuition-free places there but grants could cover the expenses on education fully.
    • The university welcomes applicants with disabilities but the academic requirement are equal for all. Students with disabilities may use the right to have a flexible attendance.

    Tuition-free Education in Oxford University

    For sure most people mentally associate Oxford University with something accessible only for affluent students or royal persons. To some extent, this could be reasonable as tuition-free education is possible only on highly competitive basis and Oxford tuition could be compared only with Cambridge education costs, and 40% of first-year students are private school-leavers. However, Oxford University is highly motivated to attract the brightest students maintaining the status of one of the most prestigious universities in the world. That is why for every student there are dozens of financial aid schemes — from special grants based on nationality to faculty scholarships for excellent performance or research achievements.
    Generally, Master's and Phd students have more opportunities to get a grant rather than Bachelor’s students. There are many sources of financial support both from the university and third parties (Hill Foundation Scholarships, Palgrave Brown Scholarship, Reach Oxford and others).
    You should know that scholarships fully cover tuition fees and some funds offer financing for touristic trips and excursions. To receive a grant or a scholarship a student should show an outstanding research potential which is actually a rare asset. Though, without outlined requirements it is not possible not only to receive a grant but even to get the admission letter. Therefore, it is necessary to adequately assess your chances in the first place — IELTS results, excellent GPA and clear future prospects are the key prerequisites for your admission.

    Additional Opportunities — MBA Degree in Oxford University

    Those who dream of pursuing MBA or Executive MBA program and learn more about doing business abroad may do it in Oxford University and also choose a specific specialization. There is a college called Said Business School which worked since 1965 preparing future Masters in Business Administration. Application requirements for all colleges and schools of Oxford are similar but for MBA application it is necessary to pass GMAT or GRE test and provide a Bachelor diploma in law or economics, as well as to have some work experience in these spheres. Average tuition fee for MBA program accounts for €42,000 per year.

    International Exchange and Internship Programs in Oxford

    Oxford University collaborates with companies, universities and research centers from all over the world, which allows its students to study abroad virtually for free. Oxford offers internships in the most prestigious universities of Europe, Australia, Asia and the US (Australian National University, Princeton University, Peking University, Kyoto University etc.). It is also possible to attend a summer school or go for an expedition for up to 5 weeks to one of the exotic locations. In addition, students of Oxford may participate in Erasmus+ program and get a scholarship of 600 EUR per month studying in a partner university in Europe.

    Help in After-graduation Employment in Oxford University


    Statistically 92% of graduates find a job within first 6 months after graduation. The average Oxford graduate’s starting salary is 27000GBP / year. Career Service usually helps in this difficult task — it is the organisation working within university and searching for vacancies for graduates and students. Career Service organises career fairs where students can meet prospective employers, get advice on employment from career professionals and also apply for internship in prestigious companies.


    Field of knowledge% of employed graduates
    Education14%
    Banks and investment companies9%
    Consulting8%
    Government institutions7%
    Media and journalism7%
    Sport and tourism7%
    Advertising, marketing and communications6%
    Career Service has elaborated a special mobile application called Oxford Careers Fair Plus which could be downloaded free of charge from the official Oxford website. It facilitates the process of informing a large number of students about upcoming career fairs, new vacancies and all information about employers.

    Famous Alumni of Oxford University

    • Stephen William Hawking — the most renowned theoretical physicist, cosmologist who contributed enormously to the modern cosmology. He was a famous popularizer of science and he was born in Oxford town and got a bachelor’s degree at Oxford University’s University College.
    • Timothy John Berners-Lee — a British scientist who invented World Wide Web, URL, HTTP, HTML and many others revolutionary inventions in the field of IT.
    • Margaret Thatcher — the 71st British PM, “the Iron Lady” who became not only an important political figure but also a cult person. She gained a B.S. degree in chemistry at University of Oxford's Somerville College.
    • Thomas Hobbes — an English political philosopher of the 17th century, best known for his book Leviathan, whose ideas considerably influenced modern geometry, ethics, physics and history. He was one of the inventors of the theory of sovereignty. Was enrolled in Oxford being only 15 y.o. and successfully graduated.
    • Jonathan Swift — an Anglo-Irish writer of the 17 century, creator of widely famous Gulliver's Travels — a work which is a fascinating fairy tale for a child and a sharp social satire for an adult. Swift being an Englishman by throughout his life was defending Irish people rights which is also notable for English-speaking population. He graduated from Hertford College.
    • John Locke — an English philosopher of the 17th century and the “Father of Liberalism”. His ideas influenced Rousseau and Voltaire works as well as political philosophy as a whole and to this day his thoughts are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence. He is renowned as the greatest Enlightenment thinker. He was awarded a bachelor's degree in medicine at Christ Church College.
    • Oscar Wilde is a an Irish writer, poet and philosopher best known for his work The Picture of Dorian Gray. He is one of the greatest playwrights of late Victorian London. He got a bachelor’s degree in classical literature at Oxford University’s Magdalen College.
    • Aldous Huxley — a modern renowned British writer, the author of the dystopian novel Brave New World. He studied English literature at Balliol College at the University of Oxford.

    Interesting Facts About Oxford University

    • Exactly in the Oxford University campus all Harry Potter episodes were filmed.
    • Lewis Carroll wrote his Alice in Wonderland in Oxford walls.
    • John Tolkien who wrote The Lord of the Rings was inspired by gothic Oxford campus while describing castles in the novel.
    • An eternal rival of Oxford University, Cambridge University, was founded by Oxford students who were expelled due to a big scandal — one student was involved in a murder (it is not possible to identify who it was).
    • Geometry professor of Oxford University Edmund Halley predicted the return of a famous comet named after him.
    • Worldwide famous meme — “British scientists proved” — is related mostly to the research groups of Oxford and Cambridge as they are responsible for the major part of modern fundamental studies and discoveries as well as Nobel prizes.
    • The first foreign student was admitted to Oxford University in 1190, he was known as Emo of Friesland.
    • Religious heritage and traditions are traced in Oxford everywhere. Education is divided into trimesters which bear the names of Christian saints in accordance with the days when classes begin. The academic year at colleges of the University of Dublin is divided in the similar way.
    TrimesterDates
    Michaelmas7 October — 1 December
    Hilary13 January — 9 March
    Trinity28 April — 22 June

    Admission Process in Oxford University

    Application for Oxford as a rule is accompanied by an impressive set of documents and there is always a long way of tough competition for an applicant due to Oxford high academic standards. The first thing to take care of is an excellent academic standing, but final impression is always made by accurately completed application forms, motivation and recommendation letters. You should indicate there the best achievements, reveal the passion for research and specify why you must be chosen as an Oxford student from dozens of others.

    Every year the admission committee receives tens of thousands of such applications, that is why your application package should be designed with respect to the university requirements, having no lexical or grammar mistakes.

    Every applicant reserves the right to decide if to apply for Oxford University independently learning all the pitfalls and organisational issues or to engage a professional to this process. Making final decision it is important to realise that you have only one chance and that your future depends on your decision today.
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    Photos of Oxford University

    Hertford BridgeLincoln CollegeBalliol College [img:oxford_lady_margaret_hall .jpeg|Lady Margaret Hall]
    Ranking  6      2
    Country United Kingdom
    City Oxford
    Bachelor (foreigners)20,676 USD/year.
    Master (foreigners)20,676 USD/year.
    Bachelor (citizens)9,250 USD/year.
    Master (citizens)9,250 USD/year.
    Cost of living $845-1,613 USD/Month.
    Acceptance Rate 22.8%
    Official Website

    General information
    Finance type Nonprofit
    Organization type Public
    Established 1096
    Abbreviation ox
    Teachers 6,221
    Students 19,791
    Foreigners 34%
    Religion None
    Academic calendar Trimesters
    AdmissionBased on grades and examinations
    Gender limitation No limits
    Campus type Urban
    Housing Available
    Financial aid Available
    Distance learning Available
    Exchange programs Available
    Library Available
    Motto
    The Lord is my Light
    Accreditation
    • Privy Council
    Affiliations
    • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
    • European University Association (EUA)
    • International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU)
    • League of European Research Universities (LERU)
    • Coimbra Group
    • The Russell Group
    • Universities UK
    Rankings
    World ranking6
    Country ranking2
    Academic Reputation3
    Employer Reputation1
    Quality of teaching10
    International Faculty61
    International Students54
    Citations per Faculty63
    Ranking in world by sphere
    Arts and Humanities1
    Engineering and Technology9
    Life Sciences and Medicine3
    Natural Science5
    Social Sciences and Management3
    Ranking in world by discipline
    Mathematics7
    Physics35
    Chemistry17
    Computer Science34
    Economics & Business20
    International rankings
    UniPage World University Ranking6
    QS World University Rankings6
    ARWU Academic Ranking10
    Cost of living in Oxford
    Expenses - USD/Month.Min.Med.
    Accommodation 470 669
    Food 197 406
    Transportation 52 258
    Communications and utilities 71 95
    Clothing 24 92
    Sports and leisure 31 92
    Total8451,613
    Accommodation in Oxford USD/Month.
    Shared room outside of centre474
    Shared room in city centre676
    1 bedroom apartment outside of centre888
    1 bedroom apartment in city centre1,080
    Alternative title
    Arabic جامعة أكسفورد
    cy Prifysgol Rhydychen
    German Oxford Universität
    English University of Oxford
    Spanish Universidad de Oxford
    French Université système de réseau d'information d'Oxford
    Japanese オックスフォード大学
    Korean 옥스퍼드대학교
    Portuguese Universidade de Oxford
    Russian Оксфордский университет
    Chinese 牛津大学