An update from the Admissions control room

It’s almost a month since the deadline for applications to BSG, so we thought we’d give you a quick update. It has been a busy month for our Admissions team (pictured here) – the central Graduate Admissions and Funding team has been collating thousands of applications for all the graduate courses at the University of Oxford, and they’ve been sending the complete applications through to us.

BSG Admissions Team

Our Admissions team with tutor for admissions Prof Monica Toft

Since receiving the first applications, the BSG Admissions team has kick started our very thorough academic assessment process. This consists of ensuring applications are complete with all the documents required (for example, academic references and English language certification) and coordinating a series of weekly meetings with academic assessors. During the meetings, assessors (members of BSG faculty and associates) discuss the applications by looking at each applicant’s background, supporting statement and written work. The process lasts until the end of March, when the decision on who will receive an offer is made during the final admissions meeting.

There are still a few weeks to go until the assessments are complete, so here are a few things to remember while you wait for news of an offer:

February and March are the busiest months for the Admissions Team. They are completing the academic assessments for hundreds of applications and are working long hours, so please bear with them (and don’t worry) if they don’t respond to emails immediately!

We’ll hold SOME interviews via Skype, but we won’t interview everyone. If you are invited to interview you’ll receive an email by early March, but please remember that not all applicants are invited to interview so you might not receive that email and it will still be fine.

We aim to make a final decision by the end of March. We will contact all applicants via email, and this may take several working days, so once again don’t worry if you don’t hear from us immediately.

One more thing to remember is related to funding – while decisions can vary depending on what funding you have applied or are eligible for (between April and June for University of Oxford related funding, and between May and June for BSG financial support decisions), we’ve learnt over the last few years that it’s important to keep searching and applying for funding right up until the course starts. So while you wait, read our previous blog on funding and check if there’s anything extra you can do to help secure the support you need to come here!

It seems that once again this year the quality and range of applications is really impressive, and we are all looking forward to finding out who we will welcome into our new home in Oxford next September.

You can find more information on the ‘After you apply’ pages on the University of Oxford website.

8 Comments

  1. Thanks for keeping us posted.
    Regarding the interviews. I got you won’t interview everyone, and my question would be what percentage of selected candidates were interviewed last year?
    Keep up the good work.

    • Giulia Biasibetti says:

      Hi Fabio – thanks for getting in touch. Ever year, the admissions process is completely new and different, so it might be confusing to think about number of interviews in the past. But what we can safely say is that offers do not depend on interviews – so you could not be interviewed and still be offered a place at BSG. I hope this helps!

    • It helps indeed. Thank you!

  2. Hi Giulia,

    I received a mail from the team indicating that my application has been taken forward for assessment. I could not submit the English test score with my application. I have finally received the English test scores now. Should I send it via e-mail?

    Looking forward to your reply.

    • Giulia Biasibetti says:

      Hi there – thanks for getting in touch. I think the best thing to do is to email my colleagues in the admissions team admissions[AT]bsg.ox.ac.uk as they have all the records of your application and can answer your question privately. Good luck!

  3. Thanks for the update – when you say end of March, does it mean the week of 23rd of March, the last week of the month? Is there any exact day that you will send out decisions? I can’t wait to hear from you guys :)

    • Giulia Biasibetti says:

      Hi John – we’ll start communicating decisions from this Friday but it might take until the beginning of next week to contact everyone as we had so many applications. Good luck!

    • Oh that’s great – so by Monday or Tuesday everyone should be notified? Thank you so much