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When applying to oxford as a graduate are you guranteed a place at your preferred college as i want to apply to oxford after my degree (law)
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No, you aren't guaranteed - students are normally interviewed by two colleges at Oxford to my knowledge. Somewhere between 1/4 to 1/3 of students get offers from other colleges, between Oxford and Cambridge, fluctuating year to year, as I understand. I think Oxford tends to slightly more often make offers for the first indicated college than Cambridge (this is probably because of the lack of Girton/Homerton where people avoid applying to those directly and they need to pool more over - not that there's anything wrong with either of those colleges ).

But applying to a college is the best way to ensure you are taken by that college
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No, you aren't guaranteed - students are normally interviewed by two colleges at Oxford to my knowledge. Somewhere between 1/4 to 1/3 of students get offers from other colleges, between Oxford and Cambridge, fluctuating year to year, as I understand. I think Oxford tends to slightly more often make offers for the first indicated college than Cambridge (this is probably because of the lack of Girton/Homerton where people avoid applying to those directly and they need to pool more over - not that there's anything wrong with either of those colleges ).

But applying to a college is the best way to ensure you are taken by that college
thankyou for the reply
Would there still be interviewing by 2 different colleges if i was going for a masters at oxford or would the process be different.
Ohhh i see as i am durham at the moment so i wasnt sure what the chances were if i was to apply to oxford that i would get my first choice college as i did at durham

I can see why people may avoid those 2 colleges as am i right in thinking they arent as well known as others
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thankyou for the reply
Would there still be interviewing by 2 different colleges if i was going for a masters at oxford or would the process be different.
Ohhh i see as i am durham at the moment so i wasnt sure what the chances were if i was to apply to oxford that i would get my first choice college as i did at durham

I can see why people may avoid those 2 colleges as am i right in thinking they arent as well known as others
Oh, my comment was regarding UG admissions (completely missed the "graduate" part of your post!). I'm not too sure for PG at Oxford. At Cambridge PG admissions are arranged centrally, and you're "assigned" a college after the university accepts you - although you can indicate I think three preferred colleges. If PG admissions are handled by individual colleges (as with UG admissions) at Oxford, then the same advice probably applies. But it may not - you're probably best checking their website admission pages.
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Oh, my comment was regarding UG admissions (completely missed the "graduate" part of your post!). I'm not too sure for PG at Oxford. At Cambridge PG admissions are arranged centrally, and you're "assigned" a college after the university accepts you - although you can indicate I think three preferred colleges. If PG admissions are handled by individual colleges (as with UG admissions) at Oxford, then the same advice probably applies. But it may not - you're probably best checking their website admission pages.
ohhh i thought you may have been referring to the UG admissions
i will have a look at PG admission on the oxford website
as i presumed it would be the same process as UG but not to sure
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ohhh i thought you may have been referring to the UG admissions
i will have a look at PG admission on the oxford website
as i presumed it would be the same process as UG but not to sure
Cambridge certainly handles PG admissions centrally - i.e. the university admits you, then a college accepts you by default. UG admissions are handled by the colleges - a college accepts you, then the university accepts their judgment and admits you by default.

I imagine Oxford is similar, but I'm not absolutely certain
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Cambridge certainly handles PG admissions centrally - i.e. the university admits you, then a college accepts you by default. UG admissions are handled by the colleges - a college accepts you, then the university accepts their judgment and admits you by default.

I imagine Oxford is similar, but I'm not absolutely certain
ohhhh alright thankyou for the help

Hopefully oxford would accept as i expect law masters are fairly competitive espically at oxford but i do have a first
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Cambridge certainly handles PG admissions centrally - i.e. the university admits you, then a college accepts you by default. UG admissions are handled by the colleges - a college accepts you, then the university accepts their judgment and admits you by default.

I imagine Oxford is similar, but I'm not absolutely certain
i am on track to get a first*
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ohhhh alright thankyou for the help

Hopefully oxford would accept as i expect law masters are fairly competitive espically at oxford but i do have a first
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i am on track to get a first*
Ah - if it's the BCL, then it's very competitive to my knowledge. A first would be the minimum prerequisite! Good luck in any case, you're on track to meet the requirements so you just need to impress them with the rest of it
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Ah - if it's the BCL, then it's very competitive to my knowledge. A first would be the minimum prerequisite! Good luck in any case, you're on track to meet the requirements so you just need to impress them with the rest of it
yes it would be the BCL it would want to do
i thought it would be very competitive and thankyou
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When applying to oxford as a graduate are you guranteed a place at your preferred college as i want to apply to oxford after my degree (law)
I did the Law BA followed by the BCL.

For PG applicants, you are not guaranteed a place at your preferred college. I know of people who got re-allocated.

Admission to the BCL is based solely on a paper application; the law faculty does not conduct interviews. If I remember correctly, you'll need to submit a personal statement, three references and a piece of written work.
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When applying to oxford as a graduate are you guranteed a place at your preferred college as i want to apply to oxford after my degree (law)
Not with spelling like that.
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I did the Law BA followed by the BCL.

For PG applicants, you are not guaranteed a place at your preferred college. I know of people who got re-allocated.

Admission to the BCL is based solely on a paper application; the law faculty does not conduct interviews. If I remember correctly, you'll need to submit a personal statement, three references and a piece of written work.
aww alright i see initally i wasnt sure as im prietty sure UG arent guranteed a place at their preferred college so wasnt sure if it was the same for PG
aww alright hopefully ill be in a strong position with my first this year and thankyou for the insight
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Postgraduates tend to have less to do with their colleges than undergrads anyway. It doesn't really matter.
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Postgraduates tend to have less to do with their colleges than undergrads anyway. It doesn't really matter.
ohhh why may that be the case
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When applying to oxford as a graduate are you guranteed a place at your preferred college as i want to apply to oxford after my degree (law)
No - you are guaranteed a college place if you get accepted by the department but it might not be your preferred one depending on where there are spaces and whether you're applying for funding.


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ohhh why may that be the case
All your teaching is in the department and not in the college so for PG the college is more just a place to live/socialise.
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ohhh why may that be the case
I guess maturity mainly - graduates tend to arrive with more complete lives and goals and are less interested in slumming it up in student halls sharing everything (everything) with everyone else. Though there are practical differences too - teaching tends to be held in central departments rather than in the colleges, for instance.
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All your teaching is in the department and not in the college so for PG the college is more just a place to live/socialise.
ohhh i see i thought i wouldnt be guranteed a college i just wasnt to sure

ohhh i can see now why they wont be as important for PG as they are for UG
and do you know if A levels and GCSEs are taken into considered when applying to oxford for masters
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I guess maturity mainly - graduates tend to arrive with more complete lives and goals and are less interested in slumming it up in student halls sharing everything (everything) with everyone else. Though there are practical differences too - teaching tends to be held in central departments rather than in the colleges, for instance.
yeah i can see where your coming from and ohhh i can see why it would make little diference being a PG then and picking a college
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When applying to oxford as a graduate are you guranteed a place at your preferred college as i want to apply to oxford after my degree (law)
As above replies - and you probably need this thread in the PG forum instead:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4839452
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