How to Apply

The application process for our courses starts in September for admission in October of the following 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

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

The deadlines for 2023-24 entry applications are 12 noon (ie midday) UK time on:

  • 11 November 2022
  • 20 January 2023

Please see the Graduate Admissions webpages and Application Guide for full information on deadline dates. Any changes to deadlines will be announced on the Graduate Admissions webpages.

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