MPP fees, finance, and scholarships

Undertaking study at the School requires a major financial, as well as intellectual commitment. There are many different kinds of scholarships and bursaries available, and if you require financial support to participate in the MPP, you will be expected to demonstrate that you have sought and applied for any funding for which you might be eligible.

That said, we are committed to ensuring that the financial burden of the MPP does not turn away the brightest and best applicants to our programmes.

Each year a majority of MPP students are successful in applying for some form of scholarship or financial award, and over 50% each year have been in receipt of full funding. We are often able to provide additional help to students who have demonstrated their own efforts in securing financial assistance. In these pages we provide some guidance which we hope will be helpful in your search for funding.


There are four types of expense to budget for when calculating the cost of graduate study:

  • University tuition fee: The 2014/15 course fee for the Master of Public Policy is £32,760*
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  • College fee: The college fee covers academic facilities and other services provided by your college. The annual fee does not include accommodation or meal charges and is payable in addition to the University tuition fee. In 2014/15 the graduate College fees is £2,765.
  • Living costs: The 2014/15 estimated living costs for a graduate student at Oxford are available here. Please also note that depending on a student’s placement, there may be additional costs associated with the summer project.

* please note a fee deposit is required to secure your offer

More information is available on the University's page on fees and funding: cost of study.

Financial support 

We expect all applicants to explore all funding opportunities available to them at all levels - local, national and University. So how can you be successful in securing financial assistance for your MPP? There are two simple things to keep in mind: make sure you look at all possible avenues of funding; and start your funding search early. If you invest time in a thorough and timely search you will be surprised at the number of funding opportunities available.

To view a list of just some of the funding MPP candidates have successfully secured visit the Ideas for financial assistance page

If you require financial assistance, there are three ways you can get help:

University of Oxford - The University of Oxford offers a mixture of scholarships and awards, with a range of eligibility criteria often including the applicant’s country of origin. To search what is available to you as an MPP candidate, please visit the Fees, Funding and Scholarship search tool on the University of Oxford website. International students may also search all available scholarships by region via the International Students portal.

External organisations and funding bodies – There are many scholarships, bursaries and grants available to support your studies. These could be from a charity, sponsor(s), a research council, employer, government body, the European Union or any other professional association. If an external body would like to liaise with us directly please contact the Admissions Team who will be happy to give advice or provide a letter of support for an external funding application.

BSG – Thanks to the generosity of the School's supporters, and in addition to the funding available for all Oxford graduate students, the Blavatnik School of Government offers a mixture of fully funded scholarships and fees awards to support students from all regions of the world. To make your search easier, we have a created a list of scholarships and financial awards specifically for MPP candidates and their eligibility requirements.