Why apply to BSG?
The Blavatnik School of Government offers a distinctive global approach to public policy within a rich, multi-disciplinary curriculum.
We believe that tomorrow’s leaders will need to understand the local, national, regional and global dimensions of public policy. We believe that leaders will face increasingly complex policy problems, requiring them to use expertise from many specialist fields. And we believe that the best public leaders combine expert knowledge with the practical skills of management, negotiation, communication and evaluation.
Oxford is ideally placed to prepare future leaders to tackle these challenges with confidence. With over 900 years of experience in education, Oxford boasts a research community of excellence with particular strengths in international studies, including Europe’s leading centre for the study of China and one of the world’s largest and most successful departments for the study of International Development. The Blavatnik School builds on this expertise, combining it with Oxford’s strengths in the humanities and the sciences to deliver a truly multi-disciplinary public policy education.
Oxford has a proud history of educating public leaders, including 26 British Prime Ministers and over 30 other heads of state and government around the world. As an Oxford student, you will belong to one of the University’s 38 autonomous colleges, each a self-governing academic community of students and faculty with its own distinctive history and identity.
Blavatnik School of Government students will find in the School a powerful network of peers within which they can expand their knowledge, learn from one another, test new ideas, mentor future generations, and remain at the cutting edge of research on government and public policy for years after their formal education.
Watch students from the inaugural 2012 cohort talk about their experiences on the course and what they've learnt so far.