Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate Study

St Peter’s College has a sizeable postgraduate student body, comprising students who are enrolled in both taught and research degree courses across the full spectrum of the University's academic Divisions. The College welcomes applications from prospective students for most programmes of study. Use the College search tool on the University website to check whether we admit students for the programme you are interested in.

Since postgraduate courses vary considerably in length, academic requirements and type of tuition, and the students taking them are drawn internationally from diverse backgrounds, the postgraduate student body is very dynamic and provides the opportunity to broaden horizons over and above academic studies.

Postgraduates studying for taught masters degrees will usually be taught through a mixture of classes, lectures and individual tutorials organised by a University faculty or department. They will also be expected to participate in University seminars and programmes designed to train them in methods of academic research.  One and two-year taught courses, leading to masters degrees, usually entail a combination of examinations and shorter dissertations.

Doctorates, usually taking three or four years, are conferred after submission and examination of a lengthy and detailed piece of individual and original research. This work will be undertaken under the supervision of an academic staff member who is an expert in the student’s field and who directs their work. It is not essential for the supervisor and student to be members of the same college. Doctoral students will also be expected to participate in University seminars and programmes designed to train them in methods of academic research.

All postgraduates at St Peter's College have a college advisor who oversees their welfare and takes an interest in their academic progress in Oxford. The College gives priority to the housing of postgraduates who are new to Oxford in college-owned accommodation. Students may be eligible for financial assistance towards research expenses and the cost of attending academic conferences.

Further information regarding graduate study at Oxford may be found at on the University of Oxford website.

You can find out more about Graduate Bursaries, Grants and Awards here.