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1. Can I apply to this course if I am an international graduate?

Yes. The minimum academic requirement is that you have an undergraduate degree qualification at an upper second classification (2:1). You can check your qualifications on NARIC (the National Agency for the Recognition and Comparison of International Qualifications and Skills). 

Please check the Graduate Admissions page for further information regarding entry requirements.

2. My medical degree does not award classifications like a first or 2.1. Can I still meet the entry requirements to do this course?

The entry requirements for postgraduate courses at Oxford are ‘a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in a biological or medical science subject’. The majority of medical degrees in the UK are ungraded, or graded in a different way to other undergraduate degrees, often specific to individual universities. Therefore, if you have a medical degree you do not need a specific classification to be eligible to study a master’s course here in the Department of Oncology. Any successful completion of a medical degree from a recognised university will be considered as having met the academic conditions.  



Yes. We expect many of our students will be working full-time and undertake the course alongside their work commitments. Motivation and commitment are the most important requirements in order to manage studying alongside working.  It is the students’ responsibility to ensure their current schedule allows adequate time to devote to the course.


Under exceptional circumstances, you may be able to take a break (suspension of status) in your studies. This would need to be discussed with the Teaching Fellow in the first instance and a study plan would need to be agreed.

5. Do I need to submit a research proposal with my application?

No, we do not expect you to provide a research proposal with your application. A list of dissertation projects and potential supervisors will be provided in Michaelmas term (October), year two, of the course. 

6. Are there Any funding opportunities for the course?

No, there are no bursaries supported by the course itself. However, all candidates will automatically be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible by the OU Student Fees and Funding Officeprovided that they apply by the December deadlineThis is an extremely competitive process. Any additional bursaries will be advertised on the course website as they become available. You may wish to look at the central Graduate fees, funding and scholarship page to see if there are any separate scholarships available for you to apply to.  

7. Do I need a visa to study?

No. Although you may require one for your residential week in Oxford during your second year. Details of how to apply for a visitor visa will be made available to you prior to the Residential week. 

8. What are the Tuition Fees?

To find out up-to-date tuition fees for the course please check our Graduate Admissions page here.  

9. I need some guidance on submitting and completing an online application. Where Can I look?

Guidance on submitting and completing online applications can be found on the University of Oxford application guide website. For any questions that aren’t answered on these pages, please contact the Central Graduate Admissions Team.