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    Hi guys I'm looking to apply to Oxford to do an English Master's for 2017/18, and I was wondering if it's worth taking potential supervisors into account when choosing a college?

    The college I've got my eye on at the moment is one of the more competitive ones, but one of the reasons I'm looking at it is because one of the college fellows there specialises in the subject area I'm hoping to focus on. I've read about how your college choice essentially makes no difference as to whether or not you get into Oxford, so I'm basically wondering if a supervisor specialising in your research interests can make you a more attractive candidate to the college they're affiliated with? If that makes sense?!

    If supervisors don't actually make a difference, I'd probably choose a less competitive college where I'm not as likely to get allocated to one I hadn't really considered.

    Anyway, besides supervisors and their research interests (whether or not they count for anything in my application), does anyone know what things can make a candidate more or less attractive to a college? There are a lot that sound more like my scene but I don't really know how admission officers are supposed to gather all that from my application.

    Thanks! x
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    I know nothing about English, and cannot answer your question, but you may find some useful information on the postgraduate threads such as this one for the 2017 English students:
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...4582090&page=5

    And this one for 2018 applicants
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4839452

    In general, the process for graduate entry at Oxford is much less transparent than for undergraduate courses. Or, to put it another way, impenetrable. The general thread for postgraduate entry this year highlighted some of the issues - including what seemed to be a significant problem resulting from over-offering that resulted in some offer-holders not being allocated to a specific college until very late in the day.
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    (Original post by giorgi.ana88)
    Hi guys I'm looking to apply to Oxford to do an English Master's for 2017/18, and I was wondering if it's worth taking potential supervisors into account when choosing a college?

    The college I've got my eye on at the moment is one of the more competitive ones, but one of the reasons I'm looking at it is because one of the college fellows there specialises in the subject area I'm hoping to focus on. I've read about how your college choice essentially makes no difference as to whether or not you get into Oxford, so I'm basically wondering if a supervisor specialising in your research interests can make you a more attractive candidate to the college they're affiliated with? If that makes sense?!

    If supervisors don't actually make a difference, I'd probably choose a less competitive college where I'm not as likely to get allocated to one I hadn't really considered.

    Anyway, besides supervisors and their research interests (whether or not they count for anything in my application), does anyone know what things can make a candidate more or less attractive to a college? There are a lot that sound more like my scene but I don't really know how admission officers are supposed to gather all that from my application.

    Thanks! x
    incidentally, I think you mean 2018/19 - the 17/18 academic year has already started
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    My understanding is that postgraduates are accepted by a department first and then successful applications are sent around the colleges to find them a "home". All accepted postgraduates will be found a college, although it might not be one they chose. This is the opposite to undergraduates whose admission to Oxford depends on whether or not they are accepted by a college. If that is the case (it certainly is for PhD/DPhil applicants) then:

    (1) Your choice of college shouldn't make any difference to whether or not you are admitted to the course. The decision is made about admission before anyone thinks about your college choice.

    (2) Whether or not you are then accepted by your first choice depends largely on the opinion of the Tutor for Graduates at that college. They are more likely to be trying to pick out "high fliers" - or perhaps people they think will be well suited to or benefit from that college - than trying to match academic interests with existing fellows.

    (3) As postgraduate teaching is run by departments, it shouldn't make any difference as to whether or not there is a fellow with similar interests at your own college.
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    (Original post by OxFossil)
    I know nothing about English, and cannot answer your question, but you may find some useful information on the postgraduate threads such as this one for the 2017 English students:
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...4582090&page=5

    And this one for 2018 applicants
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4839452

    In general, the process for graduate entry at Oxford is much less transparent than for undergraduate courses. Or, to put it another way, impenetrable. The general thread for postgraduate entry this year highlighted some of the issues - including what seemed to be a significant problem resulting from over-offering that resulted in some offer-holders not being allocated to a specific college until very late in the day.
    Ah cool, I might do a bit of a copy/paste into that thread then - thanks! And yes, I meant 2018/19 entry heheh.
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    (Original post by MonteCristo)
    My understanding is that postgraduates are accepted by a department first and then successful applications are sent around the colleges to find them a "home". All accepted postgraduates will be found a college, although it might not be one they chose. This is the opposite to undergraduates whose admission to Oxford depends on whether or not they are accepted by a college. If that is the case (it certainly is for PhD/DPhil applicants) then:

    (1) Your choice of college shouldn't make any difference to whether or not you are admitted to the course. The decision is made about admission before anyone thinks about your college choice.

    (2) Whether or not you are then accepted by your first choice depends largely on the opinion of the Tutor for Graduates at that college. They are more likely to be trying to pick out "high fliers" - or perhaps people they think will be well suited to or benefit from that college - than trying to match academic interests with existing fellows.

    (3) As postgraduate teaching is run by departments, it shouldn't make any difference as to whether or not there is a fellow with similar interests at your own college.
    Thanks for replying! Since I started the thread, I was having a look around various college pages about graduate admissions and I did come across a page for one college that did say preference may be given to candidates with interests matching those of the fellows there. I haven't had a real hunt around to see if that's said for any other colleges so it could still be the exception rather than the rule, but yeah.

    I understand about the subject department approving a candidate before colleges get a look in - I'm just trying to see if there's anything that could make me more or less likely to be accepted by the college of my choice.
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    (Original post by giorgi.ana88)
    I understand about the subject department approving a candidate before colleges get a look in - I'm just trying to see if there's anything that could make me more or less likely to be accepted by the college of my choice.
    I think I've seen college say something similar. Why not write to the Tutor of Graduates at the college you're thinking about and ask if they give preference to people whose interests match those of existing fellows?
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    (Original post by MonteCristo)
    I think I've seen college say something similar. Why not write to the Tutor of Graduates at the college you're thinking about and ask if they give preference to people whose interests match those of existing fellows?
    That's an idea, I might do that
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