Graduate Studies


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 plus connected subjects, 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), Global Governance, Economics (including the MBA of the Said Business School), Human Sciences, Information and Social Data Sciences, Education including PGCE, and Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology.

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: 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

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 Tutor for Graduates 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. 

In the case of monks, nuns, religious, clergy and seminarians, the Prior or Tutor for Graduates 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 Hall 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 between 25 to 40 members, amplified by the presence of 1 - 2 student monks, who are usually doing some form of further or graduate study. 

The graduate body mixes closely with an undergraduate body of 60 to 75 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 38 St Giles', 11 Norham Gardens, in Castle Mill, in 140 Walton Street, or in Wellington Square, the latter two are just round the corner from St. Benet’s and are described here:

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.

Grads relaxing in 11 Norham Gardens

Financial Support

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

St Benet’s is actively fundraising for Graduate Scholarships.  We are delighted to announce the launch of the Fr Nick Smith Bursary, which will award up to £300 a year for graduate students in Classics or History.

Applicants are encouraged to search for funding offered at University and Department level on the University website:

Disability Support

St Benet’s is committed to providing equality of opportunity for students with disabilities so far as the limitations of the building allow.

The Hall’s Disability Contact is the Senior Tutor. 

Further information on disability can be found here: Disability Support

Related Links

OU Disability Advisory Service