Graduate Study at Harris Manchester


If you are thinking of Graduate study at the University of Oxford, take a look at Harris Manchester College.

Graduate admissions and teaching are looked after by Faculties and Departments but, as a postgraduate student, you will also have a college attachment.  So choosing a college is worth a bit of thought.  To make sure that we can support your work while you’re here, we only accept postgraduates for subjects in which we have academics affiliated to the college.  You can see a list of Fellows and Lecturers here and a list of the courses for which we take students here.

We offer:
  • A small, very friendly, international community. As Oxford University’s college for mature students, we only take students aged 21 and over, for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.  You will be with like-minded people at similar stages of life.
  • A beautiful library, with one of the best book-to-student ratios in Oxford.
  • Some financial help with travel to conferences and other research expenses.
  • An annual book grant.
  • We aim to accommodate most first-year postgraduates who wish to live in college.  Unfortunately we don’t yet offer married or family accommodation but you would be eligible to apply for university accommodation.
  • An annual SCR/MCR Symposium. Once a year we get together with drinks to listen to papers delivered by members of the MCR and SCR.  Your research is as valuable to the college as that of the Fellows and we are genuinely interested to hear about your work.
  • An annual Supervisors’ Dinner. Once a year we invite you to invite your Supervisor for drinks and dinner in Hall.
  • Prizes for postgraduate students making a significant contribution to college life.

The Tutor for Graduates, Professor Crispin Jenkinson will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

How to apply

Graduate applicants in the first instance make an application to the relevant Faculty or Department.  For further information on the process please click here.  Only once applications have been processed by the faculties and departments are the successful ones passed to colleges for consideration.  Applicants may name a college choice which determines which college may have the first opportunity to view their applications.  Information about which graduate courses Harris Manchester accepts can be found here. If you are interested in applying for any of the courses listed we would be delighted to consider your application.

Once a graduate application reaches the College it is considered by academic staff in the relevant subject area.  Information about Harris Manchester’s academic staff can be found here.  To come to Harris Manchester, you must be 21 or over by the first day of your course.

Please note that any offer of a place will be subject to satisfactory financial evidence that you can meet the tuition costs for the first year of your course and can provide a reasonable assurance that you can also meet the costs of the fees and living costs for any subsequent years. For further information please click here.


Information about all scholarships offered across the collegiate University can be found here.

For information about all scholarships and bursaries offered by Harris Manchester College please click here.

Student Loans for UK Students

The UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have announced a new £10,000 loans scheme for full and part-time Master’s courses.  For further information please click here.

Graduate Admissions Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must first have been accepted by a Department or Faculty of the University of Oxford before any college or permanent private hall may consider them.
  • Applications are considered for any of the courses in which the College offers admission. Please consult the following list to see these courses: [].
  • Applications are usually considered by the Tutor for Admissions and the relevant subject tutors.
  • Preference will normally be given to applicants whose area of study overlaps with the academic interests of the College’s academic staff.
  • The College aims to admit a certain number of graduate students each year spread across the range of subjects in which it accepts graduate students, and this will determine the number of offers which can be made to applicants. Where there are more applicants than offers which can be made, the relative academic merit and potential of the applicants may be taken into account. It may not be possible to make offers to applicants whose applications are received late in the admissions round, when places are full.
  • The possession of competitively-won funding may be taken into account as an indicator of the applicant’s academic merit and potential.
  • Applicants must be over 21 years of age
  • The final decision on whether to offer a place in the light of the overall competition for graduate places and the spread of those places across subject areas is usually taken by the Tutor for Admissions.
  • Please note that any offer of a place will be subject to satisfactory completion of the financial declaration form that will be sent to the applicant as part of the offer of a place. Please consult this guidance for more details.
  • Preference may be given to current or past students of the College who meet the selection criteria described above.