How to apply

How to apply

How to apply to study at St Antony's College

Follow this three step process... 

  1. To be considered for a place at St Antony's College, you must first have been accepted by a Department or Faculty of the University of Oxford in a subject supported by St Antony's. 
  2. Applications for graduate courses are made online. For an application guide and access to the application form, see the University's Graduate Admissions website.
  3. We consider applications for all of the courses in which we offer admission. These courses are listed on our Graduate courses page.

Financial declaration

An offer of a place at St Antony's College (or any college at Oxford accepting graduate students) will always be conditional on satisfactory completion of the financial declaration. The financial declaration form is sent to successful applicants as part of the offer of a place.

Please consult the University's guidance on the Financial Declaration before you apply to ensure you understand what your obligations will be.

How we assess your application

Applications are normally considered by the Tutor for Admissions but may also be referred to the Senior Tutor and/or other 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. To help ensure that the candidates we offer a place to will find a good fit with your research and study interests at St Antony's, we allocate the courses we accept into three groups. A definition of each group can be found on our Graduate courses page.

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.

Selection criteria

Preference will be given to applicants whose area of study overlaps with the academic interests of the College’s academic staff. At St Antony’s College there is a particular focus on regional and international area studies as the College is host to research centres covering Africa, Asia (including specialist programmes on Burma and Taiwan), Europe (including a specialist programme on Modern Poland), Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, North America, and Russia and Eurasia.

Students applying to St Antony’s should normally have a first degree in one of the following subjects: anthropology, economic or social history, economics, geography, modern history, modern languages/literature, politics, international relations, philosophy, sociology. Graduates with first degrees in other subjects may also apply if their proposed research relates to the areas of interest in which the College specialises.

Candidates applying for a DPhil (PhD) are expected to have an international/comparative focus and the proposed field of research should match the College's focus.

The possession of competitively won funding may be taken into account as an indicator of the applicant’s academic merit and potential.

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 normally taken by the Tutor for Admissions.