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Hello,
I’m not sure if my module grades are high enough for Oxbridge. The courses I’m interested in specify a 2.i or above as a minimum academic requirement. But I think most applicants will have a first these days due to grade inflation and there being more graduates than any time in history. According to the course website, 140 people applied for my course and only 40 were offered a place. I think all 40 of these people would have got a first. So, my point is that I think the 2.i is not realistic entry requirement and that I’m a bit worried about applying. What grades did you have when you applied for a postgraduate course at Oxbridge?
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(Original post by Student21x)
Hello,
I’m not sure if my module grades are high enough for Oxbridge. The courses I’m interested in specify a 2.i or above as a minimum academic requirement. But I think most applicants will have a first these days due to grade inflation and there being more graduates than any time in history. According to the course website, 140 people applied for my course and only 40 were offered a place. I think all 40 of these people would have got a first. So, my point is that I think the 2.i is not realistic entry requirement and that I’m a bit worried about applying. What grades did you have when you applied for a postgraduate course at Oxbridge?
Plenty of people with 2.1s will get an offer and plenty of people with 1sts won't. The differentiating features are largely the strength of the research proposal, but also references, module relevance and grades, writing sample, strength of undergrad course etc
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Plenty of people with 2.1s will get an offer and plenty of people with 1sts won't. The differentiating features are largely the strength of the research proposal, but also references, module relevance and grades, writing sample, strength of undergrad course etc
Most postgraduate courses request a CV. Would this be an academic CV, two pages in length? Should I highlight and elaborate my strongest grades under the education section, or does the transcript already do this?
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Most postgraduate courses request a CV. Would this be an academic CV, two pages in length? Should I highlight and elaborate my strongest grades under the education section, or does the transcript already do this?
I don't really ascribe to any special category of 'academic CV'. A CV should always be tailored to what is is being written for. If you have research projects, posters, conferences books, papers etc to list, then your CV will probably be 2 pages long. But you can just as well make a strong application CV and fit it one one page while explaining your undergrad research etc
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I don't really ascribe to any special category of 'academic CV'. A CV should always be tailored to what is is being written for. If you have research projects, posters, conferences books, papers etc to list, then your CV will probably be 2 pages long. But you can just as well make a strong application CV and fit it one one page while explaining your undergrad research etc
My undergrad grades are terrible.

These are all my undergrad grades so far

92
72
69
65
63
56
82
81
68
74
72
70
62
60


For first and second year... do I stand a chance?
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It doesn't work like that. See my first post.
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It doesn't work like that. See my first post.
I want to apply to 10 taught postgrad courses at Cambridge and around 5 at oxford.
I will end up paying around £700 in application fees overall.
Do admissions allow so many applications to be made?
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I want to apply to 10 taught postgrad courses at Cambridge and around 5 at oxford.
I will end up paying around £700 in application fees overall.
Do admissions allow so many applications to be made?
Yes, but they won't take you seriously!

Postgrad is supposed to reflect a narrowing of academic focus, not a lottery entry. I know Cambridge for certain will view it as a glory-hunting approach by someone who is more interested in getting into Cambridge that a serious commitment to academia. They are only interested in the latter type of applicant.
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Those grades are very similar to what I got in 1st and 2nd year haha
I think you do stand a chance. I applied to an Oxford PG course accepting ~20 students with ~75 applicants per year, so the odds were similar.
What I've heard from the admissions and my cohort once I got in is that they focus more on your CV, especially your references. Also, admissions will accept more students than what they say according to the website, so if you're good enough, they'll accept you.


(Original post by Student21x)
My undergrad grades are terrible.

These are all my undergrad grades so far

92
72
69
65
63
56
82
81
68
74
72
70
62
60


For first and second year... do I stand a chance?
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Congrats, may I ask what course was this? Would you say this was the same for all the post grad courses at Oxford?
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Those grades are very similar to what I got in 1st and 2nd year haha
I think you do stand a chance. I applied to an Oxford PG course accepting ~20 students with ~75 applicants per year, so the odds were similar.
What I've heard from the admissions and my cohort once I got in is that they focus more on your CV, especially your references. Also, admissions will accept more students than what they say according to the website, so if you're good enough, they'll accept you.
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