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Application Fee

Brasenose LaneThere is a small application fee (currently £75) to pay for each programme application that you make. The fee is non-refundable and is payable whether your application is ultimately successful or not. We cannot process your application unless we receive payment in full at the same time. We accept payment by Credit card - VISA/MasterCard only.

The online application process allows you to apply for more than one course using the same registered user name and other information. You must provide separate supporting materials for each programme.

Submitted Work

You should submit two pieces of written work of approx. 2000 words each. Longer pieces should have a section of 2000 words clearly highlighted. Where necessary, a cover note may be attached, placing the extract in a larger context.

One of these pieces of work should be in English, the other may be in the language(s) relevant to the proposed course of study. Alternatively, both pieces of work may be written in English. 

Proposal or Statement of Purpose

All applications will be read and carefully evaluated by specialists. You do not need to catch our attention. What you do need to do is to convince us that you have the right intellectual qualities, academic knowledge and skills (this should not take more than between 500 and 1,000 words).

A successful proposal/statement of purpose will explain how you see the programme you are applying for building upon your previous study and what you hope to do with the qualification you gain from us. Applicants for the M.St and M.Phil programmes might include details of the Special Subject options that most interest them. You should also explore the kinds of problems and issues you hope to engage with during the programme, while also demonstrating your knowledge of the subject and your understanding of how your proposed research relates to the wider discipline.


All applicants should provide three letters from academic persons closely acquainted with their work. The referees should express an opinion on the candidate's aptitude for research.