One month left to apply for MPP and DPhil – the world needs better public leaders

Students and attendees

Students and attendees at the 2019 Challenges of Government Conference. Photo: John Cairns

Admissions to Oxford’s Master of Public Policy and DPhil in Public Policy are due to close in a month’s time – Friday 10 January 2020 at 12:00 GMT.

The deadline is earlier compared to previous years and both the Blavatnik School’s admissions team and the University of Oxford’s graduate admissions team are encouraging applicants to submit their applications before the winter holidays to ensure the smooth running of the process.

There is still time to put together an excellent application – read the following suggestions:

Read more about funding
  • With 77 per cent of our current MPP students receiving some kind of financial assistance, the variety and availability of funding is impressive: from the new Political Leadership Scholarships which aim to improve the calibre of leaders in UK and Ireland, to our flagship Public Service Scholarships and others such as the Duke of Cambridge Scholarship, and scholarships provided by the Lemann Foundation, Africa Initiative for Governance and Roma Education Fund. In addition, thanks to a combination of generous donations, external funding and over 1,000 University of Oxford scholarships, many more people are able to join us who otherwise would not be. Whilst it’s worth reminding that the we can’t guarantee funding for all of our incoming students, we are committed to doing all we can to ensure the costs associated with studying for the MPP and DPhil do not deter the brightest and best applicants. So we encourage applicants to ensure they are proactively exploring all the options available – starting from this summary of funding opportunities.
Read more about our community
Read more about our people
  • Our current MPP students are an impressive group – 124 students from 50 different countries and territories, all from an array of backgrounds: from Isaac, a Ghanaian who’s the first in his family to go to university against all odds, to Ben, a Croatian who is standing up for Roma rights and interested in policy change. You can read the profiles for all the MPP class of 2019. The DPhil students who joined us this year are also incredibly interesting.
  • Last night Calum Miller, Chief Operating Officer and Associate Dean, spoke to three of our European alumni. Andrea Garaiova, Sven Jungmann and Andrea Klaric called in from across Europe to talk about their experience of the MPP, their concerns when they were applying and what they have done since graduating. The video call is available to watch on our YouTube channel and we hope it will give applicants an understanding of the MPP student experience.

“The world needs a new generation of leaders who are able to listen to, learn from and represent a variety of voices” said our dean Ngaire Woods, and this is the time for anyone who is committed to better public policy to consider how they can contribute to improving government, and apply for our MPP or DPhil.