Graduate Admissions

To study history at Oxford at a graduate level gives you the chance to stretch your knowledge from c. 300 A.D. to the present and embraces, in addition to its British and European heritage, an exceptionally broad range of World history. The Faculty houses a research community of up to 800 senior academics and graduate students, all contributing to a varied menu of research seminars, lectures, academic societies, and other events which cover a wide range of topics.

Graduates are encouraged to make use of these opportunities as widely as possible. Striking the right balance between intellectual curiosity and discipline, and remaining focused without becoming blinkered, is an integral part of a successful graduate career. The Oxford environment provides all the ingredients for you to develop these skills while engaging fruitfully with others in the field.

All graduate students have an academic supervisor (or sometimes two or more co-supervisors) with expertise in relevant areas, to help you identify and acquire the knowledge and skills you need to complete your research. You don’t need to find your own supervisor before you apply.

268 graduate students were admitted in October 2021, with an overall 50:50 female-male balance. Approximately 56% of the 2021 students are from beyond the UK, and about 20% received funding from the university.

The Faculty offers a range of taught graduate courses (Masters) as well as three research-based DPhil options.

Graduate Open Days

The University of Oxford Graduate open days and events page is a great place to find information on department and college open days and events about the Graduate courses you are interested in.

The Faculty of History hosts an online open day with current staff and students usually in November or December each year. Details of forthcoming Open Days throughout the University can be found on the Graduate open days and events page.

Getting in Touch

The Faculty (links on the left) and University (links on the right) pages should give you the information you need before applying, and guide you through the application process – please do ream them thoroughly!

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