Humanities Division Link
The Humanities Division comprises around a third of the University's community of staff and students, offering taught graduate and research degrees in a very wide range of subjects.
Some of these subjects are relatively new, and cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines. Others are areas of academic research that have long been recognised as of central importance, and they include some that few other universities are still able to support. In each case, the objective is to sustain and to teach the highest standards of scholarship. The dynamism of intellectual activity is in evidence in the wide variety of open lectures and seminars, in addition to those for specific courses.
You will have access to an immense range of research material, including digital resources. These resources are provided through Oxford’s impressive library system, based on the central Bodleian libraries, through the work produced by the University's research projects, and through the rich and diverse holdings of its museums.
In addition to materials and support focused on conveying subject-specific knowledge, there is a wide range of facilities aimed at the personal and professional development of students; strengthening their existing skills and developing new skills, and preparing them for careers after they have completed their studies.
Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division Link
The MPLS Division is home to some of the most creative and innovative scientific thinkers and leaders working in academe. Senior researchers in MPLS at Oxford have been awarded some of the most significant scientific honours and the division has a strong tradition of attracting and nurturing the very best early career researchers who regularly secure prestigious fellowships.
Medical Sciences Division Link
The Medical Sciences Division houses some of the strongest biomedical research in the world; Oxford is repeatedly placed first in clinical, pre-clinical and health in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
The division’s 2,000 researchers cover a wide area, ranging from sub-molecular structural biology to epidemiology as applied to very large populations. This enables students to work on virtually any biomedical problem. With close to 1,200 graduate students, excellent new facilities, and close personal supervision by world-class researchers, the division provides a stimulating and challenging environment for talented graduate students.
The course names below do not fully reflect the wide range of research projects available. Prospective students are encouraged to use the Medical Sciences Graduate School website to help them identify opportunities and courses based on their area of interest.
All candidates who apply by the January deadline are automatically considered for full funding awards, irrespective of their nationality. The majority of students accepted by the division secure full funding, covering both fees and living expenses.
Social Sciences Division Link
The Social Sciences Division comprises the largest grouping of social sciences in the UK, home to a fourteen outstanding departments, including the Saïd Business School and the Blavatnik School of Government.
Oxford's Social Sciences departments are committed to research that develops a greater understanding of all aspects of our complex society, from the impact of political, legal and economic systems on social and economic welfare to human rights and security, disseminating this research through innovative graduate courses.
A wide range of courses is offered, many of which are recognised by the UK Research Councils and provide preparation for doctoral work, as well as being discrete programmes of advanced study in their own right; others provide a professional qualification. All are rooted in research of international standing and students have access to a well-resourced, active research environment.
The purpose-built Centre for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, adjacent to the Faculty of Law houses the Departments of Economics, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology. This building also houses the Bodleian Social Science Library and provides exceptional facilities for master’s and research students.
As one of the major providers of social science research in the UK, the University, in collaboration with Brunel University and the Open University, hosts the “Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership”, one of fourteen Doctoral Training Partnerships recently accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of a new Doctoral Training Network. ESRC DTP studentships are available in a wide variety of training pathways in the social sciences, for both DPhil and master's-to-DPhil programmes.
Department for Continuing Education Link
The need for educational opportunities throughout life is now recognised in all sectors of modern society: an intensive period of initial higher education, even of the highest quality, is simply not sufficient in times of rapid social, economic and technological change. Through the work of the Department for Continuing Education, Oxford is recognised internationally as a leading provider of extended learning for purposes of professional and personal development.
The department provides high-quality, flexible, part-time postgraduate education specifically tailored for adults. Opportunities exist to undertake postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas and taught master’s degrees in a wide range of subjects. Increasing numbers of courses are delivered in mixed mode, combining intensive residential periods in Oxford with tutored online study. Part-time doctoral programmes are also available in a number of disciplines.
The department's courses recruit adult students of all ages regionally, nationally and internationally, and many courses are offered in conjunction with other departments of the University. Subjects available to study at the department span the humanities, mathematical, physical and life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences - encompassing, for example, archaeology, English local history, creative writing, sustainable urban development, international human rights law, evidence-based health care, and cognitive therapy.
Students on all the department’s programmes are members of its Graduate School, which aims to provide a stimulating and enriching learning and research environment for the department's postgraduate students, fostering intellectual and social interaction between students from different disciplines and professions from the UK and around the globe through inter-disciplinary research seminars, training opportunities and other events.
The Department for Continuing Education offers scholarships for the MSt in International Human Rights Law and the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development. All Master's and DPhil applicants are considered for Clarendon Scholarships, and the department is committed to seeking to provide scholarship support for other graduate students wherever possible.
The department also offers full-time pre-master’s courses - the Advanced Diploma in British & European Studies and the Foundations of Diplomacy Course. Aimed at students who intend to pursue master’s degree studies at leading British universities, they combine academic study across a number of disciplines with an intensive English language enhancement programme.