Postgraduate students at Univ derive their funding from a variety of sources, with many winning competitively awarded scholarships. In order for any offer of a college place to be confirmed, however, each student must ensure that they have secured, or expect to be able to secure, funding for the duration of their course. Before a place can be taken up all colleges ask for a financial declaration to confirm that students expect to have sufficient funding in place to cover their entire period of study at Oxford – including University and College fees as well as maintenance (living) costs. The financial declaration must be in place at the latest by the middle of the summer immediately before you start in Oxford.

College and University Fees

While the College fee is the same for all graduate students, the University composition fee depends on your ‘classification’ (specifically whether you are classified as Home/EU or Overseas) and on your programme of study. For more information about the classification of students for fees purposes, please visit the main University website and for more information about University composition fees visit this section of the main University website. College and University fees must be paid at the beginning of each academic year.

The College fee for 2017-18 for postgraduate students is £3,021. More information can be found on the main University website for fees and funding.

Maintenance (living) Expenses

As a guide, the estimated  amount required in 2016-17 for 9 months of study was in the range £8,727 - £12,894. This includes: 3 terms (plus Christmas & Easter vacations) for accommodation, food, books etc. (not travel). The estimated amount required for 12 months of study was in the range £11,636 - £17,191. This includes: 3 terms plus all vacations for accommodation, food, books etc. (not travel).

See the University of Oxford website for further information.


"Univ's studentship made it possible to take up my studies" - Tess, 2nd year DPhil


Financial Declaration

Any offer of a place at University College will be conditional on your signing a declaration addressing your ability to meet the costs of your attendance on the programme of study. In addition to the sources of funding outlined on the main University website, University College gives significant financial support to its graduate students. This includes scholarships, book grants, travel grants, and support for graduate workshops and academic activities held in College. Furthermore, there is a system of loans and grants to aid any graduates who find themselves in unexpected financial difficulties.

Financial Support

There are a number of sources of financial support available for graduate students. These include government-funded awards, University-funded scholarships and studentships, College scholarships, and College-linked studentships. Univ is proud of its wide range of graduate scholarships (detailed under the Studentships and Scholarships section of this web site): with many different subject areas supported each year. Expanding as much as possible the bursaries for graduates continues to represent a high priority for College fund-raising.

Further advice

Graduate students are advised to read the main University website carefully to learn about the various sources of funding available to them.

Graduate students should also read the Education Committee's guidelines on paid work.