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The cost of study at Oxford falls into two categories: the annual course fee and living expenses. Visit the University of Oxford Fees and Funding web pages for up-to-date information on the cost of study at Oxford.

It is also important to consider other costs you might incur as part of your application, for example to obtain a visa or cover language tests. Information about visa and immigration requirements for international students can be found on the University of Oxford Student Visa & Immigration webpage. For English language requirements please refer to the individual course's web page. 

Funding Opportunities

The University offers a variety of scholarship programmes based on academic excellence, to give the brightest applicants from around the world the opportunity to pursue graduate study. Over 1,100 fully-funded or partial scholarships are available for new graduate students in 2020 from the University, our colleges and supporters. Please review your eligibility for funding on the University of Oxford Fees and Funding pages.

Scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of academic excellence and potential, and will cover some or all of your course fees and/or provide a grant for living costs for your period of fee liability. The eligibility criteria for different scholarships vary, with some being open to the majority of new graduate students and others restricted by particular characteristics, for example, by degree subject or country of ordinary residence. You may be required to complete an additional form for some scholarships.

University Scholarships

All complete applications received by 12 noon (UK time) on Friday 8 January 2021 will automatically be considered for all relevant competitive University and funding opportunities, including the Clarendon Fund, Medical Research Council funding, and various College funds. However some scholarships require an additional application. To help identify these scholarships, please use the Fees, funding and scholarships search and look at individual college websites. .  

Funded studentships are highly competitive and are awarded to the highest ranked applicant(s) based on their application and the advertised entry requirements for each programme of study.

Most fully funded opportunities at Oxford are only available to students about to start a new course. Once you are registered as a student there are very few substantive scholarships available, so it is vital to explore your options early.


The main University Funding site lists many of these external scholarships. There are several schemes specifically for clinically-qualified applicants.

Some of the major external scholarships relevant to Medical Sciences applicants are listed below.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is an external resource from 'GradFunding' which provides a database of alternative funding opportunities (for example, from charities and trusts) and advice about how to apply for them. The University has subscribed to the Guide, which can be accessed free of charge. Current Oxford students and staff can use their University email address to register for access to the Guide. Applicants who do not yet have a University email account should submit their details via this online request form in order to receive the Alternative Guide pin, which they can then use to register for the Guide.


A £10,000 loan scheme for full-time and part-time master's courses is available, funded by the UK government. For more information and to check eligibility please refer to the loan pages on the Graduate Admissions Fees and Funding webpage.