How to apply for the MSc

Application and Admissions Procedure

All prospective candidates must make their application through the University's Graduate Admissions website. All applications are processed by the Graduate Admissions office, and must not be made directly to the OII. Please refer to the MSc in Social Science of the Internet on the Graduate Admissions website for all the current requirements for admission.

In particular, please note that all your required application materials must be submitted to the University before the deadline. This includes:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Writing sample
  • CV
  • Transcripts (in English)
  • Evidence of language proficiency
  • 3 letters of reference

We suggest submitting materials one or more weeks in advance of the deadline so that you can be sure that nothing is missing. Please note that academic references are preferred, but the OII will accept professional ones.

Application deadlines for 2015/16 entry

The deadline for applications is 12 noon (ie midday) UK time on the following dates:

  • 21 November 2014 (Interviews planned week of 15 December 2014)
  • 23 January 2015 (Interviews planned week of 2 March 2015)
  • 13 March 2015 (Interviews planned week of 13 April 2015)

Please note that applicants who wish to apply for funding are strongly advised to apply by the January deadline. Applicants whose first language is not English must have met the highest level of Oxford University's English language requirements. Please note that it is essential that applicants obtain the higher level score.

All applications will be assessed by more than one member of the academic staff with relevant experience and expertise.

If you are interested in applying to a joint programme, please see the Joint Programme page for specific details.

Personal statements

In the 'statement of purpose' in the application for the MSc, candidates will need to describe their specific interest in the programme:

  • Why they are interested in study a Master's degree focusing on social aspects of the internet?
  • What relevant experience, academic or practical, do they have to engage in research on social aspects of the internet?
  • Have they undertaken any research relevant to this area, or do they have ideas about which topics they would like to concentrate on in coursework, or investigate as a potential MSc thesis topic?


All applications will be assessed by two members of academic staff with relevant experience and expertise. The OII Admissions Committee will give final approval to a decision.

Admissions panels will always include at least two members of academic staff who have undertaken appropriate training.


Interviews are held as part of the admissions process, but will normally only be undertaken where additional clarity is required by the assessors. If a student clearly exceeds all the admission criteria and their proposed research is innovative and can be supervised at the Oxford Internet Institute then an offer may be made without an interview.

If interviews are required, these are usually held about 1 month after the application deadline has passed. Interviews can be done in person, by telephone or via Skype with or without video. There is usually only one interview per candidate and an interview normally lasts up to 30 minutes. You will be asked questions about research interests, interest in the course, and why you think the Oxford Internet Institute would be the best place to conduct your studies.

Admissions Statistics

Total number of applications88118103106

MSc Supervisors

The following OII faculty members can supervise MSc students. The supervision areas are intended as a guide only: please contact us if you would like to discuss a suitable supervisor.

The allocation of graduate supervision is the responsibility of the Oxford Internet Institute and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate. Supervisors will be assigned to individual students at the start of Michaelmas term.

Selecting a College

Candidates can specify a college preference on their application forms (not necessarily the same college as that of the potential supervisor) or indicate that they have no preference, in which case a college will be selected on their behalf. Whether or not you state a college preference will not affect how the department assesses your application and ultimately whether or not they decide to make you an offer.

The following colleges accept applications from OII masters students:

Course Fees

Details of fees, living expenses, and definitions of home and overseas students, together with information about potential sources of funding are available from the University’s Fees and Funding webpages.

Whether you have yet secured funding is not taken into consideration in the decision to make an initial offer, but please note that the initial offer of a place will not be confirmed until the college which gives you an initial offer of a college place is satisfied that you have sufficient funding to cover your fees and living costs for the standard period of fee liability for your course.