Meet the Admissions Office

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St Catherine's College

Manor Road
United Kingdom.

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Visiting Students Programme

My name is Naomi Freud.  I am the Fellow at St Catherine's College who is its Director of Studies for Registered Visiting Students.  Those welcomed onto our Visiting Students Programme enjoy an academically rich experience.  Each Registered Visiting Student receives tutorials each week – usually on a one to one basis – in the subjects the student has chosen. The tutorials are tailored to suit the individual’s knowledge and understanding.  All Registered Visiting Students have access to all lectures and every library open to undergraduates of the University.  

The University of Oxford does not award a degree or other qualification for time spent as a Visiting Student.  However, St Catherine's provides written tutorial report transcripts for all courses undertaken and a record of achievement.  The home university from which the Visiting Student comes is then able to credit that student appropriately towards the degree it will award.

About the College

St Catherine’s College is one of nearly forty colleges which, together, make up the University of Oxford.  The College's foundation stone was laid by Her Majesty the Queen on 4 November 1960 and its first undergraduates were admitted two years later.  Its core buildings are listed for their architectural merit.   They were designed by the renowned, Danish architect, Arne Jacobsen.  The College is one of the largest in Oxford.  It has over 150 Fellows and Lecturers, approximately 500 undergraduates and several hundred postgraduate students.  It is distinguished academically and also in music, drama and sport.  It has extensive facilities.  They range from a superb library to a large, Junior Common Room with debating pit, television and games room.  There is a Great Hall where the whole college dines together.  There is a small theatre, a music house, private dining rooms, a gym and so much more.  On site are squash courts, facilities for weight training and a punt house.  The college also has a boathouse on the River Isis and playing fields for rugby, football and hockey.  It is one of the friendliest and most open colleges in Oxford.

Membership of the College

The status of Registered Visiting Students is formally recognized by the University of Oxford.  Each Registered Visiting Student is issued with a University Card allowing access to libraries, faculty buildings and lectures as well as being used a means to pay for such things as meals, printing and laundry.

Registered Visiting Students are members of the College and its Junior Common Room (JCR).  They may join its sports teams, its clubs and societies.  Registered Visiting Students may also enrol in numerous Oxford University clubs and societies.  They may attend faculty lectures and they have full access to the University computing services.

All junior members are subject to the authority of the College Dean and are required to obey College and University regulations.


St Catherine's College expects to be able to award the following Graduate Scholarships with effect from October 2018:

Allen Senior Music Scholarship For students who are, or will be reading for a taught or research degree in Music more information Closing date: Friday 9 March 2018
Berlinski-Jacobson Graduate Scholarship For students who are, or will be reading for a taught or research degree in the Arts more information Closing date: Friday 9 March 2018
College Scholarship (Arts) For students reading for a research degree in the Arts
more information Closing date: Friday 9 March 2018
College Scholarship (Sciences) For students reading for a research degree in the Sciences
more information Closing date: Friday 9 March 2018
Ghosh Graduate Scholarship For students reading for a taught degree in the Humanities more information Closing date: Friday 9 March 2018
Glaxo Scholarship For students on the 2nd BM or accelerated graduate entry medicine course
more information Closing date: Friday 9 March 2018
Henfrey Graduate Scholarship in Chinese Studies For students who are, or will be, reading for a taught or research degree related to Chinese Studies more information Closing date: Friday 9 March 2018
Gabriel Moss QC / Joint Law Faculty Scholarship For students who will be reading for the BCL degree more information


Katritzky Foundation-Heath Harrison Scholarship For Home/EU fee status students reading for an MSt degree in German Studies more information


Leathersellers' Company Scholarship
For graduates of European (including UK) universities reading for a research degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering Science, Materials, Mathematics, Physics, Plant Sciences, Statistics or Zoology
more information Closing date: Friday 9 March 2018
Light Senior Scholarships For graduate students already studying at St Catherine's College who started graduate study at St Catherine's during or before the current academic year
more information Closing date: Friday 9 March 2018
Magellan Prize For the best student beginning graduate studies in the University of Oxford in the language, literature, culture, or history of the Portuguese speaking world
more information  
Mr and Mrs Kenny Lam’s Graduate Scholarship in Law For students who are, or will be, reading for a taught or research degree in Law more information Closing date: Friday 9 March 2018
Overseas Scholarship For Overseas fee status students reading for a research degree
more information Closing date: Friday 9 March 2018
Wilfrid Knapp Scholarship (Sciences) For students reading for a research degree in the Sciences more information Closing date: Friday 9 March 2018

All of these Graduate Scholarships may be held in conjunction with an award from another body other than another Oxford College and carry entitlement to limited High Table dining rights. With the exception of the Light Senior Scholarships they also carry entitlement to up to two years’ single accommodation in College or a College House (at the current room charge rate), which should be taken in the first two years of the scholarship.
Students at other colleges are eligible to apply for all of these scholarships apart from the Light Senior Scholarships, but would need to migrate to St Catherine's to take up any of these scholarships if their application was successful.
All of these scholarships, apart from the Light Senior Scholarships, are open to new graduate students commencing graduate study at Oxford in October 2018 and to current graduate students who will have completed no more than two years of graduate research degree study at Oxford in October 2018.
Before awarding any Scholarship, the College must be satisfied that sufficient funding is available to cover University and College fees.
Applications for all scholarships with closing date of Friday 9 March 2018 should be sent by email to, in a single PDF file if possible, and should be single-spaced and in at least a 12 point font.
Applications must include, in the following order:

  • A completed Graduate Scholarship Application Cover Form including the names and contact details of two referees
  • A personal statement (one page)
  • A research outline accessible to non-specialists (up to 1,200 words). For taught courses applicants may provide a statement of their academic interests and motivation for undertaking their course in place of a research outline.
  • A full curriculum vitae (two pages) 

Candidates should ask two people acquainted with their recent academic work to send references to the Academic Office at St. Catherine's College to arrive by the closing date of Friday 9 March 2018. Referees should submit references by email if possible (email:
Alternatively, applicants who will be commencing their studies in October 2018, may request in their application that the references submitted in support of their application to Oxford are used.
The College plans to interview short-listed candidates during the weeks ending Friday 20 April, Friday 27 April and Friday 4 May 2018 and expects to notify all applicants of the outcome of their applications during the week ending Friday 25 May 2018.


Student Funding

Despite what you may have heard, it's no more expensive to study at Oxford than at any other university. In fact, our world-class resources and college provision actually keep living costs down.

More information for UK and EU students is found here, and for Overseas students is found here.

College Awards & Prizes

St Catherine's College believes in investing in talent. With the help of alumni, Fellows and friends we now offer a wide range of awards and prizes.

Travel Awards

As a result of generous donations from alumni and friends of the College, the College is able to make a number of travel awards to existing undergraduates each year for travel abroad during the long vacation. The awards are primarily for enterprising and interesting travel projects rather than for study. Further details of these awards are circulated to students by email and are posted on notice boards within the College.

College Prizes

Several prizes are awarded each year to St Catherine's undergraduates. There are prizes for academic, social and cultural contributions to the College. Most are cash prizes, ranging from £40 to £200. The College also offers the Nick Young Award: a period of work experience with London Weekend Television and a cash prize of £1,000. Further details of these awards are circulated to students by email and are posted on notice boards within the College.

Repetiteur Scholarship

St Catherine's College and New Chamber Opera have established a Répétiteur Scholarship for pianists wishing to further their skills as a répétiteur, accompanist or conductor. Holders of the Scholarship will be appropriately qualified undergraduate members of St Catherine's College, reading Music or another approved subject. It is intended that the successful applicant will divide his or her scholarship time between St Catherine's College and New Chamber Opera, assisting in rehearsals, performances and with the training of singers for New Chamber Opera, and helping to organise and run practical musical activities in St Catherine's. More information is found here.

The Nick Young Award

The annual award – under the Nick Young Trust, set up in memory of Nick Young, an alumnus of the College – offers a grant of £1,250 to a member, or alumnus, of the College for the purpose of gaining experience of the functions of the television media by spending a period of several months as arranged by Director's Cut Productions.

Scholarships & Bursaries

"Because our origins stem from a Parliamentary Royal Commission designed to open up Oxford and Cambridge to all, our mission has always been designed to give access for the most talented students to the very best education, regardless of social background or financial need." Roger Ainsworth, Master

More information on financial assistance for undergraduates is found here.

More information on financial assistance for postgraduates is found here.

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 may consider them.
  • Applications are considered for any of the courses in which the College offers admission. Please consult this list to see these courses.
  • Applications are usually considered by academic staff in the relevant subject area
  • Preference will normally be given to applicants whose area of study overlaps with the academic interests of the College’s academic staff.
  • The College aims to admit a certain number of graduate students each year spread across the range of subjects in which it accepts graduate students, and this will determine the number of offers which can be made to applicants. Where there are more applicants than offers which can be made, the relative academic merit and potential of the applicants may be taken into account. It may not be possible to make offers to applicants whose applications are received late in the admissions round, when places are full.
  • The possession of competitively-won funding may be taken into account as an indicator of the applicant’s academic merit and potential.
  • The final decision on whether to offer a place in the light of the overall competition for graduate places and the spread of those places across subject areas is usually taken by the Tutor for Graduates.
  • Please note that any offer of a place will be subject to satisfactory completion of the financial declaration form that will be sent to the applicant as part of the offer. Please consult the guidance for more details.
  • Preference may be given to current or past students of the College who meet the selection criteria described above.

Middle Common Room

St Catherine's offers excellent graduate facilities, including one of the largest college libraries and well-equipped computer rooms. Sport, music and drama enjoy a high profile in the college; on site there are squash courts, a gymnasium and punt house, a Music House for practice and performance, and theatres for both indoor and outdoor productions.

The focus of graduate life in the College is the Middle Common Room, which is situated in a quiet part of College, and comprises a lounge, bar, television room and private courtyard garden. With over 250 members of many different nationalities, it is one of the liveliest and most stimulating in Oxford.

The MCR Committee organises a varied academic, social and sporting programme. Once a week a special graduate dinner is served in Hall and there are regular graduate seminars. The annual Graduates’ Dinner takes place in May. Graduates are also members of the Junior Common Room (undergraduate) and have access to all its facilities.

Live at Catz

There are many options when it comes to fixing your accommodation needs, but it is worthwhile investigating these early on, once you have received an offer of a University place.

College Accommodation

The College has 72 single study bedrooms provided for incoming graduates. 30 rooms are in the main College, with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Windows take up an entire wall of the room, which add a feeling of lightness and space, and these provide views across the river gardens, meadows, or the College's main quad.

Breakfast, lunch, cafeteria-style dinner (known as "Scaf"), and a three-course served evening meal are provided in the dining hall on a pay-as-you-eat basis. In addition, the "Buttery" is open on weekdays for mid-morning or afternoon snacks. Catering provided in the dining hall is open to all students of the College whether or not they live in College accommodation. Those living in College who prefer to cater for themselves can do so by using the small kitchens provided on each floor of the accommodation, normally shared between 8-10 students.

A further 42 rooms are located in St Catherine’s House on Bath Street, a short walk away from the College. These rooms are arranged in clusters of 5 or 6 rooms with shared bathroom and cooking facilities. St Catherine's House is situated on a quiet street, with many rooms having views over the Angel and Greyhound Meadow. These rooms are designed as self-catering rooms, but in common with all other members of the College, St Catherine's House residents are welcome to take meals in the College hall. Click here for a floorplan, here for images of typical rooms, and here for an introduction from the MCR President

If you would like to express a preference for college accommodation when submitting your application to the University, please tick the box provided on the application form. Priority is given to those coming to the College from the greatest distance and likely to experience difficulties in the local accommodation market. Further guidance will be forthcoming should the College make you an offer of a place. However, please note that decisions regarding the allocation of college accommodation are made during July.


The College completely closes for the two weeks over Christmas and New Year, the week over Easter and may close for the first two weeks of August. During this period all College staff are on vacation except for the Maintenance Department. For students living in College over this period there is no catering provided in College, no cleaning staff and no administrative staff. Maintenance uses these few weeks in the year to complete major project works; over this time heating, water and electricity may-be cut off for certain periods.


The College has a launderette on site that provides washers and dryers for student use. The launderette is open 24 hours and students pay for the facility. Similar launderette arrangements are present at St Catherine’s House. An ironing room is provided on Staircase 2 free of charge.

Problems with machines should be reported via the telephone number posted in the Laundry. You should contact with problems related to payment/over-payment.


All rooms in College have data-points for connection to the Internet. For further information please see

University Accommodation

The College can assist applicants coming to Oxford with partners/and or children by facilitating contact with the University of Oxford Accommodation Office which has some provision for those coming to Oxford with partners and/or children. If you wish to pursue this particular option, please inform the Admission Office (Email:

The University's Accommodation Office lets and manages rooms, flats and houses on sites owned by the University in and around Oxford city centre which are available for graduate students. As soon as you receive an offer of a place on a University course, you become eligible to join their waiting lists. We recommend that you apply for accommodation as early as possible. The University Student Pad website allows students and staff to easily search online for a range of University, College and private housing in Oxford, including rooms, flats, houses to share and flats and houses for couples or families. All accommodation featured has the relevant Landlord’s Gas Safety Certificates, Tenancy Deposit Scheme details and EPC (Energy Performance Certificates) where applicable.

Private Housing

There are many other sources of help on the Web to find suitable private housing. You might like to check local listings, such as the Daily Information. Oxford University Student Union produces an annual Living Out Guide. This useful publication takes you through the steps of finding private accommodation, and offers lots of local contacts and advice. This is recommended for anyone who is new to the city and Oxford area.

Apply to Catz

Graduate study at Oxford is a distinctive experience: all graduate students are members of both a department or faculty and a college or hall.  A student must be accepted by the relevant department or faculty before he or she is considered by a college. Please see the online Graduate Prospectus on the University website for a list of available courses, information on how to apply for graduate study, and an online application form.

You can state a college preference on your application form, or if you have no preference, can allow the system to do this for you. If you have any enquiries about studying as a graduate student at St Catherine's then please email the Academic Officer.

Click on the video to the left to watch a video about preparing to apply for graduate study at the University of Oxford.

Postgraduate Admissions

St Catherine's has one of the largest graduate intakes of the colleges admitting both undergraduates and graduates. We admit students from a wide mix of disciplines and backgrounds, which makes our community a particularly lively and stimulating place to study, socialize and live.

St Catherine's will be happy to consider applications for any programme of study offered by the University, but subjects related to the interests of the Fellows of the College are especially encouraged.The policy of the College from its foundation has been to integrate graduates closely into the academic and social life of the College.

Our Tutor for Graduates, who is a Fellow of the College, has responsibility for the interests and welfare of graduate students. All graduate students are also allocated a College Advisor (in addition to their University Supervisor) who is a Fellow of the College in or near their subject field.

Our MCR or "Middle Common Room" is the base within College for all graduate students. The MCR provides support beyond the regular subject-based academic structures at Oxford, represents the interests of graduate students at Catz, and offers a bulging academic, social, and sporting calendar. One of the highlights is the MCR's regular Friday Guest Night Dinner in Hall. Details of this and much more can be found on the MCR's web-pages.




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