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GRADUATE ADMISSIONS

SUBJECTS

Applications are considered for any of the graduate courses in which St Benet’s Hall offers admission.  These are in the same subject areas in which admit for undergraduate degrees, i.e. in some of the Humanities and Social Sciences: Theology, Philosophy, Classics, History, Oriental Studies (all courses except modern Japanese and Chinese), Politics (including the courses of the Blavatnik School of Government), Economics (including the MBA of the Said Business School) and the MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology.

Please see the list on the next page, which is for general guidance but is not exhaustive.  Details of these courses can be accessed from the University website by clicking here.

If you have general graduate admissions questions best answered by the University, i.e. they would apply to any candidate applying to any college, please contact: www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/aq  or +44 (0) 1865 270059.

If an applicant for another course has a special reason for wishing to be a member of St Benet's Hall, he/she should consult the Master before submitting an application to the Graduate Admissions Office.

SELECTION CRITERIA FOR ST BENETS HALL

Applicants must first have been accepted by a Department or Faculty of the University of Oxford before any College or Permanent Private Hall can formally consider them for admission. Applications are usually considered first by the Master and Senior Tutor in consultation with the Hall’s Director of Studies in the relevant subject, and then by the Hall’s Graduate Studies Committee.

Please note that any offer of a place will be subject to a satisfactory financial declaration that the applicant can meet the tuition and living costs for the duration of the course. For more details about financial matters please see the fees and funding information on the University website, by clicking here.

An applicant’s religious affiliation, or lack of one, is of no account when considering applications. However, we wish our students to appreciate the Benedictine ethos of the Hall, which fosters a small and tight-knit community.  We therefore ask our graduate applicants to visit the Hall and talk to the Master, if at all possible.  This is both so that the candidate can get the feel of St Benet’s, and so that the Master can fulfil his responsibility to maintain the cohesion and balance of the Hall.  If a visit is not possible because the candidate is applying from another country, an interview by Skype will be arranged.

In the case of monks, nuns, religious, clergy and seminarians, the Master will also wish to be in direct communication with the candidate’s superior or ordinary at an early stage.  Study at the University of Oxford is a full-time commitment, requiring unbroken attendance during term-time and several hours of study a day during the vacations. The Master will wish to ascertain that the superior or ordinary is supportive of this commitment, and able to release the student from other duties for the requisite length of time.

THE GRADUATE COMMUNITY

Graduate numbers are maintained in proportion to the whole student body, and this means that graduates at St Benet’s are part of a small graduate cohort of about 15-20 members, amplified by the presence of 2 - 4 student monks, who are usually doing some form of further or graduate study. 

The graduate body mixes closely with an undergraduate body of 50-60 students, who are mostly in the 18 - 22 age-group, and form one Joint Common Room with them. Graduate study at Oxford can be a rather lonely experience, and our graduate students appreciate this close mingling with the undergraduate body. As explained elsewhere, graduates eat at the same common table as the tutors, monks and undergraduates of St Benet’s, and are encouraged to do so on a daily basis.  

Graduates are offered (but are not obliged to accept) accommodation in the University Graduate Accommodation building in Wellington Square, just round the corner from St. Benet’s. This is the most central and also most reasonably priced of the University’s graduate accommodation sites. It includes a small number of flats for couples.  The accommodation is described here: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/graduateaccommodation/graduate/properties/25wellingtonsquare/

St Benet’s aims to give its graduate members the same sustained, individual attention that it gives to its undergraduate members, and to draw them in to a warm and supportive shared community. Visiting scholars add to the intellectual vibrancy of St Benet’s. The student body at both undergraduate and graduate level is international and enjoys academic contacts across the globe. 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

St Benet’s is actively fundraising for Graduate Scholarships, but does not yet have significant resources.

Grants are made for attendance at conferences and for books and equipment.

Applicants are encouraged to search for funding offered at University and Department level on the University websitehttp://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/fees-funding-and-scholarship-search/search