Application Procedure

The application deadline to begin in October 2022 is in early January.

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Application submissions

All applicants are required to submit written work. In addition composers should include a portfolio of compositions (scores + recordings), and performers should include a recording of their performances – preferably filmed.

For further details, please visit the “How to apply” page of your chosen course.



While graduate study is largely based in the Faculty students are required to be a member of a college. On your application you will be invited to make your first choice of college (or you can ask for an Open College place – which will be allocated by the graduate office).

If you are offered an academic place you are guaranteed a college place, but not necessarily at your first choice college.



DPhil applicants will be invited to attend an interview, for those who are overseas this will be by telephone or skype. Places are awarded first and foremost by the Faculty.

Masters applicants will only be invited to interview if you are being considered for funding. You will not be called to interview if you are not considered for funding.

Interviews usually take place in mid February. You will be notified at least 1 week in advance. Subsequent to the interviews, the Faculty of Music will nominate a small number of candidates for funding. All nominations are subject to confirmation by the Humanities Division, so a nomination is no guarantee of funding.



There are over 1,000 full graduate scholarships available across the University, and these cover your course fees and provide a grant for living costs. If you apply by the relevant January deadline and fulfil the eligibility criteria you will be automatically considered. Over two thirds of Oxford scholarships require nothing more than the standard course application.

Applicants to Music programmes may also be eligible to apply for additional scholarship and funding opportunities, including the Ertegun Scholarship Programme.  In order to be considered for this award you will need to complete the scholarships section of the course application form and submit additional supporting material. Use the Fees, funding and scholarship search to find out which other scholarships you are eligible for and if they require an additional application, full details of which are provided.