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.

Application Deadlines

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 No
MPhil in Development Studies Yes Yes No
MSc in Economics for Development No Yes No
MSc in Global Governance & Diplomacy Yes Yes No
MSc in Migration Studies Yes Yes No
MSc in Refugee & Forced Migration Studies No Yes Yes

The deadlines for 2018-19 are 12 noon (ie midday) UK time on:

  • 17 November 2017
  • 19 January 2018
  • 9 March 2018

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

Application Fee Waivers

ODID has a limited number of graduate application fee waivers that are available for students with clearly explained financial need. If you meet the academic entry requirements, but would not be able to submit an application due to financial hardship, you can submit a persuasive case that the application fee is a barrier to your ability to apply by completing this waiver request form. We regret we cannot satisfy all requests for waivers.

To be eligible for this waiver, you must confirm that you meet the entry requirements for the course and that you would not otherwise be able to pay the application fee. If more fee waiver requests are submitted than the department is able to provide, applicants will be ranked according to the evidence of their financial hardship detailed in the statement of need included in the waiver request form.

Please note that because of a problem with the fee waiver submission form, the deadline for submitting waiver requests has now been extended: waiver requests must be submitted by 10 November 2017. Decisions will be communicated by 1 December. If you have already started an application before being granted a waiver, this can be applied to an application in progress, so it is not necessary to wait until 1 December to begin your application.

Information from the fee waiver application will not be seen by the admissions committee and will not be used in admissions decisions.

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