Applying to our Graduate Programme

This Departmental page provides supplementary information for the Sociology programmes. The University has a central application procedure which you will have to follow to apply to our graduate programmes (MSc, MPhil, or DPhil). Please visit the University's application webpage to submit your application.


Applying for our Graduate Programme

Deadlines for applications to be considered for entry in 2015/16 are:
23 January 2015 and 13 March 2015. 

If you wish to be considered for any type of scholarship/funding (including ESRC or Clarendon scholarships) then you must submit your application by the 23 January 2015 deadline.

Applicants to the MSc or MPhil must have a first class or high upper second class undergraduate degree (65% or above) on the UK scale. On the US scale, this is equivalent to a grade point average of 3.7 out of 4; for other grading systems, this is equivalent to graduating in the top 15% of your class. Applicants to the DPhil are expected to have a masters degree in sociology or an allied subject with high marks.

Applicants must have a good command of written English. If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate English language scores at the higher level:

  • IELTS (our preferred test): overall score of 7.5, with at least 7.0 in each component;
  • TOEFL iBT: 110 for internet-based TOEFL (minimum component scores: Listening 22, Reading 24, Speaking 25, Writing 24);
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade B.

If your last course of study was taught completely in English a waiver may be granted.

Further References

For all applicants

  • Three academic references.
  • Official transcripts: your university-level qualifications and marks to date.
  • Two academic writing samples: from your most recent qualification, each sample with a length of 2,000 words.

For MSc/MPhil

  • Statement of purpose: in one page, explain why you wish to study our MSc/MPhil programme (i.e. why this degree, why here?).

For DPhil

  • Research proposal: in two pages, explain what topic you propose to investigate, why it is sociologically significant, and how you would carry out the research. Also identify the staff member(s) who could supervise this research. You should discuss the research proposal with potential supervisors before submitting the application.

All graduate students are members of both the Department of Sociology and a college or hall. If you are accepted by the Department of Sociology, then you will be guaranteed a place in a college. You do not have to choose a college, but you can list a preference if you want to. For MSc applications we suggest you only list a preferred college should you have a strong preference for a particular college. There is no guarantee you will be allocated to your preferred college. Note that to be eligible for funding from a college, you usually must select that college as your preferred choice.

Colleges with Sociology graduate students

(* with Sociology Faculty)

  • Green Templeton
  • Hertford
  • Jesus
  • Lady Margaret Hall
  • Linacre*
  • Merton
  • New*
  • Nuffield* (admits DPhil students and MSc/MPhil students who intend to go on to the DPhil programme)
  • Oriel
  • Regent’s Park
  • St Antony’s*
  • St Catherine's
  • St Cross*
  • St Hilda’s
  • St Hugh’s*
  • Trinity*
  • Wolfson