How to apply

Admissions opened on 1st September 2017 for applications to the Master of Public Policy for 2018 entry. The deadline for receipt of applications is 19 January 2018.

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 Graduate Admissions and Funding website.

There are up to 120 places available in 2018. These places will be offered to applicants that best meet our 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 applicants’ 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. You are expected to submit an English Language proficiency test by the application deadline. 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 3-years or longer in an majority English speaking country, as defined by the UKVI.

For details about what you need to apply to the MPP please refer to the University’s Graduate Admissions pages.

Once you have submitted your application

We do not receive your application file until after your application has been processed and deemed complete by Graduate Admissions, so please contact them for any technical queries related to the application form. Once we receive your application, we assess it against the selection criteria stated in the Graduate Admissions pages. We will aim to assess all files by early March 2018 and to notify applicants of the decision by 16 March 2018 at the latest. Applicants who merit an offer will receive a conditional offer via email. Some strong applicants may also be placed on a waiting list.

If you receive an offer

If you are offered a place for the MPP, your offer letter will make clear any conditions of admission: for example meeting the English language requirements and/or achieving a particular degree classification. Your application will then be automatically assessed in two separate processes: one in relation to your college; and another in relation to university-managed funding opportunities. The exact timeline depends on each college and different university funding schemes and is beyond our control.  

Once you are accepted by a college, you will receive a firm offer of a place subject to the fulfilment of financial conditions. Please note that you are guaranteed a college place if you hold on offer of a place on the course.

Your application will be automatically considered for a range of university-managed scholarships that you are eligible for. Your offer will also come with an invitation to complete a Scholarship Questionnaire, usually within two weeks of receiving the offer should you wish to be considered for any funding directly managed by the School.

More information about the application process can be found on the Graduate Admissions and Funding pages.

Further information

If you have any questions about the course that are not answered by the MPP FAQs and the comprehensive Graduate Admissions and Funding FAQs, our Admissions team will be happy to help. Visit also the Blavatnik School of Government Blog: there are many personal experiences to draw inspiration from, and these two interviews with a member of the Blavatnik School of Government faculty are particularly useful, as well as this blog about writing a strong personal statement. However, please note that we are unable to provide individual guidance on suitability for the course, and we can’t offer feedback to applicants. This is because we receive a high number of applications and enquiries each year and we are committed to making the admissions process as impartial and fair as possible. 

One last thing to remember - each year is a separate admissions cycle and being unsuccessful in one year does not mean that you will also be unsuccessful in the next!