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Studying at Mansfield

Postgraduate subjects at Mansfield

We particularly welcome applications for advanced degrees in subjects where we have a Fellow or tutor at Mansfield. These include Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Economics, Engineering, English, Geography, History, Human Sciences, Jurisprudence, Mathematics, Materials, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, and Theology. The main Oxford website has an A-Z list of our postgraduate courses, course details, and their selection criteria.

"Every postgraduate at Mansfield is allocated a College advisor, who'll usually be an expert in your discipline. Their familiarity with your department means advisors are valuable ports of call, offering subject-specific insight, termly catch-ups, and a friendly face around College. It's just one of the many ways Mansfield supports you through your postgraduate journey."

Dr Chris Salamone, Tutor for Graduates

You’ll join around 80 new postgraduate students a year – some taking taught courses, some undertaking research. Mansfield is a friendly place and graduates have their own Middle Common Room (MCR), where you can hold social engagements or spend time relaxing between study sessions.


Mansfield has outstanding facilities

With computing facilities,  24-hour libraries and specialist reading rooms, you’ll have a great selection of resources and places to study. You’ll also be encouraged to recommend book purchases across our specialist libraries.

We have designated computers in the library for essay writing, and plenty of locations to study in around Mansfield College.

Selection criteria

Mansfield aims to admit a certain number of graduate students each year spread across our range of subjects – this will determine the number of offers we can make to applicants. You’ll first have to be accepted by a Department or Faculty of the University of Oxford before we can consider you at College-level. We’ll normally give preference to applicants whose area of study overlaps with the academic interests of the College’s academic staff.

Where there are more applicants than we can accept, we may take your academic merit and potential into account. Preference may be given to current or past students of the College who meet the selection criteria described above. It may not be possible to make offers to applicants whose applications are received late in the admissions round, when places are full.

Competitively won funding may also be taken into account as an indicator of your academic merit and potential.


How decisions are made

Our Tutor for Graduates usually makes the final decisions on who to offer a place – based on the overall competition for graduate places and the spread of those places across subject areas. Please note that any offer of a place will be subject to satisfactory completion of the financial declaration form that will be sent as part of the offer of a place.

Financial declaration guidance

Information for Graduates

Whether you are enrolled on a taught or a research course at Oxford, you will need the College’s support at several stages. The following information outlines the chief functions the College plays in the progress of your studies, for your reference. It should be read in conjunction with the Student Handbook, which is the legally-binding document that relates to the responsibilities of all students and staff.



Residency Requirements



Alternative arrangements

College Advisors and Termly Progress