Application Information

The Graduate Studies Prospectus is available on the web at: Graduate Studies Prospectus

Information on how to apply is available at: Graduate admissions

All graduate applications, references and supporting materials must be submitted on-line at:

DEADLINES for entry October 2018

For Master’s courses (MSt and MPhil) there are two deadlines:

  • Friday noon, 16 November 2018
  • Friday noon, 11 January 2019 (scholarship application deadline)

For the DPhil, three deadlines are relevant:

  • Friday noon, 16 November 2018
  • Friday noon, 11 January 2019 (scholarship application deadline)
  • Friday noon, 1 March 2019

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

Contact details for the admissions process:

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:

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 and Philology, 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, with a University Contract. You must sign the contract and return it to the Examination Schools in High Street.


Please note that the regulations concerning visas have changed, and that the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) necessary for requesting a visa will only be issued after all the entry conditions are fulfilled. Therefore, if you need a visa, it is advisable to complete the conditions as early as possible, preferably in July, to avoid delay in the visa application process. You can find more information here.

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 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, but are advised to start by taking the M.Phil.

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 work 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 overall score, 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 here.


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


MPhil and DPhil 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

Questions about any aspect of the graduate programmes may be addressed to; queries on Oxford University application procedure should be addressed to

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