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Applying to Keble College

Keble accepts approximately 180 new full-time graduates each year reading for higher degree courses falling broadly within the field of interest of one of its “College Fellows”. We also accept graduates on some part-time executive courses. You can find out if Keble accepts applications for your chosen course by visiting the relevant course page on the main university Graduate Admissions pages. We particularly welcome applications from those intending to read for degrees which are awarded on the basis of a thesis.

Applications for Graduate Study are made through the Graduate Admissions Office.

In accordance  with Conference of Colleges' principles for graduate student admission, Keble assesses applications in the following way:

  • Applicants must first have been accepted by a Department or Faculty of the University of Oxford before we can consider them.
  • Applications are considered for any of the courses in which the College offers admission; these are listed on the Graduate Admissions pages of the University website here.
  • Applications are usually considered by academic staff in the relevant subject area and the Tutor for Graduates.
  • 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.
  • 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 Graduates.
  • 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.

If you are accepted, an offer letter (subject to funding confirmation) will be sent to you.  You will also be sent a college-student contract to sign and return.  A sample copy can be viewed here.

Should your application be unsuccessful for a place at Keble, your application will be considered by other colleges with places available and an offer made.

Each Graduate research student admitted to the University will be assigned an academic supervisor by the relevant department.  The Supervisor could well be a member of a different college.  To provide students with a source of advice within College, all graduates are assigned a College Adviser whose research interest/s lies in their broad field of study.

The Senior Tutor/Tutor for Graduates (Dr Alisdair Rogers) is responsible  for the general oversight of the academic affairs of the Graduate community.  He is a person to whom you can turn in cases of more serious problems with your course. The Academic Director of the H B Allen Centre, Dr Ian Archer, runs various social and cultural events during the academic year, which are designed to encourage further contact between Graduates and the Senior members of the college.

We are happy to look at applications for the 2nd BA, although places are limited.