Admissions for 2020 entry have now closed. If you want to apply to study with us in 2021, admissions will open in September 2020 - please check back for details.
We are looking for a diverse group of people who want to work in partnership with others to make positive change in the world through public policy.
We will look at all applications and assess them against three key criteria:
- Academic and analytical excellence - we are looking for academically outstanding individuals who have the analytical capacity to tackle complex multidimensional issues. We welcome applications from all academic disciplines and professional backgrounds.
- Strong commitment to public service – we are looking for people who can demonstrate that they really care about some of the world’s most pressing policy problems and who are motivated to take action to make a positive difference.
- Ability to show leadership and have impact - we are looking for people who have actively gone beyond what might be expected and collaborated effectively with others to enact positive change on issues that matter to them.
All applications to the MPP are initially managed by the University of Oxford’s central Graduate Admissions and Funding Office on our behalf. For more information about the criteria and how we assess against them please see the Oxford University Graduate Admissions website.
There are up to 120 places available each year. These places will be offered to applicants that best meet our criteria. Please note, in considering applicants’ achievements and their suitability for a place on the MPP, we take a holistic approach and consider a range of contextual factors including an applicant's place of residence and age.
In addition, we also seek evidence of proficiency in the English language (for non-native speakers). Read the full requirements. If you already have English language test scores at the required level, please include them in your application. However, you are not required to provide test scores when you submit your application.
If you receive an offer of a place, the department may require you to submit language test scores by a specific deadline as a condition of your offer. It can take several months to secure a place for a language test, so we recommend arranging to sit a test as soon as you decide to apply.
Alternatively, if you would like to be considered for a waiver, please submit a request as part of your application – please note that the Blavatnik School has a higher waiver standard than the central University and waivers for Blavatnik School of Government applicants are usually only granted when an applicant has studied for three years or longer in a majority English speaking country, as defined by the UKVI.
To apply, and for details about what you need to apply to the MPP, please refer to the Oxford University Graduate Admissions website.