How to Apply (Postgraduate)

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. Harris Manchester is delighted to consider applications for a range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, as listed on the University website:


Once a graduate application reaches the College it is considered by the Tutor of Admissions and academic staff in the relevant subject area, according to the criteria below. Applicants must be over 21 years of age by the first day of their course.

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.

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.