Admissions and Life at the School

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Source: Flickr

Believing in yourself: impressions of my first month at Oxford University

Standing inside the Blavatnik School of Government and gazing at the words ‘Oxford University’, which are written on the backdrop of the stage, took me back to depth of my childhood memories. Getting my early education from a small place in District Chakwal of Pakistan, I heard about the stories […]

by × 18 October 2018 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Don Quixote statue in Toledo, Spain

Unmasking Don Quixote: Five tips to avoid pitfalls during the doctorate quest

Doing a doctorate is a long, often solitary, and complex quest. While the process is usually gratifying and interesting, sometimes it is also stressful. The ultimate goal of doctorate students is to become independent researchers, capable of conducting rigorous investigations that contribute to the understanding of pertinent social or natural phenomena. […]

by × 10 October 2018 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

The Blavatnik School of Government. Image: Hufton + Crow

A note on a dear mentor

Anna Stewart passed away on 6 October 2017. She was the CEO of UK engineering and construction giant Laing O’Rourke (who have led the construction of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government building), and less notably, served as my mentor at the School. When I first met Ms. Stewart, a quick-witted and proud […]

by × 24 May 2018 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Traditional punts in Oxford. Photo: Toa Heftiba. Source: Unsplash

Dare to try, even when you might fail – some thoughts on study and jobs

March was quite an intense month for me. Several deadlines – almost nerve-wrecking deadlines. It was also the month in which the Blavatnik School admission decisions were released. As the decision week drew close in mid-March, I felt sorry for many of the applicants that would be rejected. Last year, […]

by × 10 April 2018 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Green Templeton College. Source: Oxford Graduate Studies on Medium.

A day in the life of an MPP student: Agnes Nakirya

You can see what The MPP Year looks like in our infographic, but what does a typical day entail for an MPP student? Agnes Nakirya describes her activities from dawn to dusk… My alarm goes off… My alarm goes off at 6:30am but that’s mostly to prepare me to wake up! […]

by × 20 February 2018 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

MPP students (photo by John Cairns)

Spotlight on the Oxford-style CV: Let your achievements shine

One of the most attractive features of our Master of Public Policy (MPP) is the diversity of our student body, in terms of cultural, academic and professional experience. Students selected should display a glowing academic record, an exceptional commitment to public service, and an ability to lead and make a […]

by × 23 November 2017 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Funding your DPhil (or PhD) in Public Policy at Oxford

Funding your DPhil (or PhD) in Public Policy at Oxford

With less than three months to go until the main application deadline for our DPhil in Public Policy, it is definitely not too early to start thinking about how you could fund your studies with us! Applications are currently open for studies commencing in 2018: whilst you may apply for […]

by × 03 November 2017 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

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Surprising lunchtime discussions on the political economy of oil

There is something special about the Blavatnik School’s students. During the 2016-17 year, when I took a sabbatical from my regular position at the University of California Los Angeles to spend the year in Oxford, the Blavatnik MPP class included 124 students from 70 countries. Without exception, every student I […]

by × 17 August 2017 ×