Application Information

Information about graduate admissions, covering courses, fees, funding, and how to apply, is available at:

All graduate applications, references, and supporting materials must be submitted on-line. Guidance on how to apply for graduate study at Oxford, including how to complete the application form and provide supporting documents, is available at:

Information about graduate courses in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics is available at:

Application deadlines for entry in 2023-24

For Master’s courses (M.St. and M.Phil.) there are two deadlines:

  • Friday noon, 11 November 2022
  • Friday noon, 6 January 2023 (scholarship application deadline)

For the D.Phil., there are three deadlines:

  • Friday noon, 11 November 2022
  • Friday noon, 6 January 2023 (scholarship application deadline)
  • Friday noon, 1 March 2023

All applications for funding must be received by the January deadline.

The University provides a ‘Where do I start?’ guide for applicants:

A link supplying answers to some FAQs is provided at:

If you still have a question, see “How To Contact Us” at:

Advice for Graduate Applicants

Applicants are encouraged to state as specifically as possible which subject or subjects they intend to pursue at Oxford. D.Phil. applicants should include, in their Research Proposal, information about their background in Linguistics and degree of preparation already achieved for the research, as well as an outline of the thesis and of how the research will be conducted. M.Phil. and M.St. applicants in their Statement of Purpose should be as specific as possible about their background in Linguistics and study aims. Admissions criteria for the M.St., M.Phil., and D.Phil. degrees are available here:

  • M.St. in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics
  • M.Phil. in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics
  • D.Phil. in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

Admission comprises acceptance both by the University and by one of the colleges/halls; you will be asked to state your college preferences, if any, when you apply. Most colleges and halls are glad to consider applications for Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, but certain colleges have indicated that they cannot do so: check before you make your choice. Many colleges restrict the number of places they will offer for one-year postgraduate courses.


You must indicate your intention to apply for certain funding opportunities by ticking the appropriate box on the admissions form, and providing all required additional material. Please see our Funding pages for more information:


If you are offered a place, you will be told which academic and financial conditions you must fulfill.

Academic conditions: You must provide proof of the results of the degrees on which your application is based, and these must be available to the Faculty by mid-September. If in doubt, please check with your current university to ensure that your results will be available by that time.

Financial conditions: Every student must demonstrate the ability to fund the studies envisaged, and the college requires proof of your ability.

Once the conditions are fulfilled, you will be sent a letter confirming this. This letter will include a form you will need to complete for your University Card and which will ask you to confirm your intention to enrol at the University. You will be asked to complete and return this form as soon as possible as a condition of your enrolment.

More information about what happens after you apply is available at:

International applicants

Information for international applicants, including information about visa requirements, is available at:

Further information about student visas is available at:

Status on arrival

Graduate students arriving for study in the M.St. and M.Phil. programmes are admitted directly to the status of M. St.or M.Phil. student: there is no probationary period. Students proceeding from the Oxford M.Phil. may be admitted directly to D.Phil. status. All others intending to read for a D.Phil. can only be admitted initially to Probationer Research Student (often referred to as PRS) status. Probationer Research Students normally seek admission to D.Phil. status in their third term. Students who have not previously taken a taught-course Master’s degree or equivalent are not normally admitted to Probationer Research Student status.

Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition

Applicants whose interest is Applied Linguistics should note that the Department of Education offers an M.Sc. in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition; see

The Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics does not offer courses in this field.

Proficiency in English

A good command of English is essential for success in all these degrees. If English is not your native language, you are required to achieve the higher level, with any additional requirements, specified at If you are currently following another programme conducted in English, or have done so in the recent past, we may exempt you from this requirement, but we reserve the right nevertheless to insist upon it. Please supply your test result with your application if possible. If your application is otherwise successful, you may be admitted conditionally upon your attaining the necessary result before the start of your programme.


Applications for admission are considered in batches after each deadline, provided that the accompanying documentation (references, samples of written work, transcripts) is complete.


M.Phil. and D.Phil. students can expect to be in Oxford for most of the year, including long periods of vacation. Candidates should take this into account when planning their expenses budget.

Further information

Further information about graduate admissions is available at:

Advice and tips from Oxford students and staff on applying for graduate study is available at:

The best way to contact Graduate Admissions is to use the online query form available at to submit your question. They will reply to you by email as soon they can. They respond to the vast majority of queries within three working days. Please ensure that you select ‘Graduate Admissions’ from the options.

Questions about graduate programmes in Linguistics may be addressed to


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