Which college should I apply to?

All graduate students at Oxford University are members of a department and also of a college.You can state a college preference on your application form or, if you have no particular preference, you can let us assign you a college.

Please use the College search tool to explore the colleges that will accept application for your chosen programme.

Stating a college preference or letting us assign you a college will not affect how the department assesses your application and ultimately whether or not we decide to make you an offer. If you do receive an offer from the department then you will also receive an offer from a college or hall, although this might not be the college you stated as your preference if you indicated one.

All Oxford’s colleges and halls offer an extra dimension to student life at Oxford, and you can be sure that the college or hall that does make you an offer will extend a very warm welcome to you. The teaching for your course will be provided by the Department, so your choice of college will not affect the delivery of your course. In the first instance, you should consider whether you would like to be a member of a college that accepts undergraduates as well as graduate students, or of one that admits graduate students only. There are five graduate colleges: Linacre, Nuffield, St Antony's, St Cross and Wolfson. It is worth noting that Harris Manchester College is for mature students only, and that All Souls College does not admit graduate students. Other factors that you might like to consider are the location of the colleges, their library facilities and the atmosphere and ethos of each individual college. The largest bodies of Politics and International Relations students are based at (in order of size) St Antony's, Nuffield and Balliol. Nuffield has a particular specialism in the Social Sciences, and the emphasis at St Antony's is upon area studies expertise. However, there are groups of Politics and International Relations students at each college that admits from our programmes.


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