How to apply

Decided you’d like to join us at St Antony’s? We’d love to have you – all that’s left to do is apply!


Before we can evaluate your application, you must secure acceptance from a department or faculty at the University of Oxford in a subject supported by St Antony’s. Applications for graduate courses are made online, and there will be an option to select a college preference during this process. For an application guide and access to the application form, see the University’s Graduate Admissions website.

We consider applications for all of the courses in which we offer admission. To see which courses we more commonly accept, please see our Graduate Studies 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 is a formal document that confirms you have sufficient funds or funding to cover your course costs at the University. The financial declaration form will be sent to successful applicants as part of the offer of a place at the College.

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 we accept, and this determines the number of offers we can make. Where there are more applicants than places, the relative academic merit and potential of the applicants may be considered. Having competitively won funding (ie. a scholarship) is considered an indicator of the applicant’s academic merit and potential. It may not be possible to make offers to those who apply 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, we have a particular focus on regional and international area studies. We have seven regional study centres onsite covering Africa, Asia (including a specialist programme on Burma), Europe, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, North America, Russia, and Eurasia.

Students applying to St Antony’s normally have a first degree in one of the following subjects:

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.