How to Apply

The application process for our courses starts in September for admission in October of the subsequent year.


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You can find lots of useful information on study in Oxford, selection criteria for admission, the roles of faculties, departments and colleges in graduate study, the costs of study, methods of application, and scholarships and funding on the University’s Graduate Admissions webpages.

The University prefers to receive applications via its Online Application Form; before you complete your application, please make sure that you refer to the University's Application Guide.

Available Deadline Dates

ODID courses have multiple application deadlines. However, the number of places available on each programme is limited and all are heavily oversubscribed. You are therefore strongly advised to apply by the January deadline at the latest.

Course November January   March    
PRS in International Development Yes Yes Yes
MPhil in Development Studies Yes Yes No
MSc in Economics for Development No Yes No
MSc in Global Governance & Diplomacy Yes Yes Yes
MSc in Migration Studies No Yes Yes
MSc in Refugee & Forced Migration Studies No Yes Yes

The deadlines for 2017-18 are 12 noon (ie midday) UK time on:

  • 18 November 2016
  • 20 January 2017
  • 10 March 2017

Please see the Graduate Admissions webpages and Application Guide for full information on deadline dates.

Overseas Applicants

We welcome applications from all over the world. Whether you are from the UK or overseas, the application procedure is the same. You can find specific information for overseas applicants on the main University webpages for international students.

Oxford has been a fascinating, challenging and truly transformative experience. The mix of cultures in every classroom, dining hall, and college common room has been enlightening ... and I have learned as much from my peers as I have from world leaders across different fields and disciplines.

Nomsa Kachingwe, MPhil in Development Studies 2011-13