Graduate study at St Hugh's

Graduate study at the University of Oxford is a unique experience, it offers students the opportunity to work alongside leading academics and with some of the very best libraries, laboratories, museums and collections in the world. Whatever the driving force behind your choice to further your academic career, and irrespective of your future plans, enrolling upon a graduate degree will equip you with invaluable skills and knowledge to help you on your way. One of the largest colleges in Oxford, St Hugh’s accepts around 200 new graduate students every year, welcoming applications in a wide range of courses from a diverse group of candidates.


Choosing a Course

The various types of courses can initially appear confusing, however, the University offers a useful guide which can be found by following these links, Taught Courses – Key to Terms, Research Courses – Key to Terms. Below you will find a comprehensive list of all the graduate courses we offer at St Hugh’s, including a brief description of each subject, our associated academics and some useful links to aid you in your research, the University’s website also gives more detailed information on individual courses, including fees and entry requirements.


Stating a College Preference

Applications for graduate courses are made to the University centrally, and are considered initially by departments and faculties. In applying to the University, a student may indicate a college of preference or may instead give no college preference (in which case a college will be assigned via the University Graduate Admissions and Funding Office). A college will consider a student’s application only after it has been accepted by the relevant department or faculty. Whether or not college preference is stated will not affect how the department assesses applications and ultimately whether or not they decide to make an offer. If you are offered a place on a course by a department or faculty then you will be guaranteed a place at a college or hall, even if it is not your preferred college.

Guidance on the College’s selection criteria is available in the Graduate admissions criteria document.

Humanities

Classics

Classics


Almost 100 graduate students are admitted to read Classics across the University every year. The Faculty hosts three research centres and over twenty research projects, while the research of individual faculty members covers almost every aspect of life, literature and art in the ancient world. Please see the Classics Faculty website (link below) for further details.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s:  Professor Timothy Rood (Dean of Degrees), Professor Christina Kuhn.

Useful links:
Classics Faculty Website
University Webpage
The Sackler Library

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Classical Language & Literature: Adam Dixon
Ancient History & Classical Archaeology: Erica Clarke

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English Language & Literature

English


St Hugh’s has three Tutorial Fellows in English and a Tutorial Fellow in Psycholinguistics, whose research interests include Medieval Literature, Post-Colonial and 20th Century literature, as well as the Early Modern period. We welcome applicants from every strand, including World Literature and English & American Studies. St Hugh’s is located around a 20-minute walk from the Faculty and its library, a route which takes you through the picturesque University Parks. Please see the English Faculty website (link below) for further details.

Courses offered:

  • MSt in Film Aesthetics  The MSt in Film Aesthetics is degree in the humanities run jointly by the faculties of Modern Languages, English, and Philosophy.
  • MSt in Women’s Studies  Five departments within the Humanities Division contribute option choices and supervision expertise to the degree: the Faculties of English, History, Classics, Philosophy and Modern Languages.

Academics at St Hugh’s: Dr Nicholas Perkins (Dean), Dr Rhodri LewisProfessor Peter McDonald, Professor Matt Husband (Psycho-linguistics), Dr Hugh Gazzard, Dr Ellie Lybeck.

Useful Links:
English Faculty Library
English Faculty webpage
English Graduates at Oxford
The Oxford Research Centre for Humanities
Weston Library

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
English: Emily Richards
Film Aesthetics, Linguistics and Philology & Women’s Studies: Silke Zahrir

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Fine Art & History of Art

Art


Oxford boasts a large number of resources for artistic research and practice, including the Ashmolean Museum, the Bodleian Library, Christ Church Picture Gallery, the Pitt-Rivers Museum, the Sackler Library, and Modern Art Oxford. At St Hugh’s, Mrs Vainker, Fellow by Special Election, links the College to the Ashmolean Museum and the Oriental Faculty where she holds positions as both Professor and Curator of Chinese Art. Please see the Ruskin website (link below) for further details.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Mrs Shelagh Vainker.

Useful links:
University Webpage
The Ruskin School of Art
Modern Art Oxford
The Ashmolean Museum & Print Room
The Sackler Library (History of Art Collection)

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Fine Art: Sue Clark
History of Art: Rachel Leach

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History

History


The University’s History Faculty has a large research body, comprising of around 800 staff and graduate students working on a diverse range of fields. Not only do the University’s taught and research programmes cover a huge time span, but the multidisciplinary options available such as Economic and Social History and History of Science, Medicine and Technology, ensure that all interests are catered for. St Hugh’s has three History Tutorial Fellows, including Professor George Garnett, Dr John Parkin and Professor Senia Paseta, as well as Dr Nicholas Perkins, an English Fellow who specialises in Medieval Literature. Please see the History Faculty website (link below) for further details.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor George Garnett (Senior Proctor), Professor Senia Paseta (Tutor for Women), Dr Jon Parkin, Dr Nicholas Perkins, Dr Sophie Nicholls, Dr Hugh Reid.

Useful Links:
University Webpage
Wellcome Unit for History of Medicine
History Faculty Webpage
History of Science Museum
Weston Library
Oxford History Graduate Network
The Oxford Research Centre for Humanities

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officer:
History & Medieval Studies: GAO

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Medieval & Modern Languages

Languages


Modern European Languages have been taught at the University of Oxford since 1724. The academic staff working in the sub-faculties of French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Byzantine and Modern Greek, Celtic, Russian, and Slavonic offer extensive expertise in areas ranging from the medieval period to the present day. The interdisciplinary opportunities are also multifarious, with taught masters including Women’s Studies and Film Aesthetics straddling several departments. Please see the Faculty website (link below) for further details.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Dr Mike Holland (French), Dr Tom Kuhn (German), Professor Giuseppe Stellardi (Italian), Professor Matt Husband (Psycho-linguistics), Olivia Vasquez-Medina (Spanish).

Useful Links:
Linguistics faculty
Languages faculty
Oxford Language Centre
Graduate Studies in Modern Languages Prospectus
Research Centres for MML

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Medieval and Modern Languages: Stephen Lay & Paul Hill
Linguistics and Philology: Silke Zahrir

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Music

Music


The Faculty of Music has one of the largest communities of graduate students in the UK. Usually about 20 new students enter every year, coming from countries all around the world. The University, the colleges and the city itself provide a lively and diverse musical, academic and cultural atmosphere. St Hugh’s has three dedicated practice rooms, with two grand pianos, a Steinway and a Blüthner, and a harpsichord for general use, there is also a non-auditioning Chapel Choir which sings at weekly Sunday services throughout term-time.  Please see the Faculty website (link below) for further details.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Liz Leach, Professor Jeremy Llewellyn.

Useful Links:
Music Department
The Bate Collection
Multi Media Resources
Holywell Music Room
Sheldonian Theatre

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officer:
Music: Alec Greville-Sims

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Philosophy

Philosophy


Oxford is one of the world’s great centres for Philosophy. More than one hundred and fifty professional philosophers work in the University and its colleges, between them covering a vast range of subjects within philosophy. Please see the Faculty website (link below) for further details.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Adrian Moore, Dr Jordan Bell, Dr Yuuki Ohta.

Useful Links:
Faculty Website
Philosophy Faculty Podcast
University Webpage
Information on the Admissions Process
Philosophy Library

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Philosophy: Iris Geens & Sally Baume

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Mathematical, Physical & Life Sciences

Biological Sciences

Biology


At St Hugh’s we welcome applicants from most fields of research in the Biological Sciences, including Zoology, Plant Sciences and the Doctoral Training Programme. Our Tutorial Fellow, Professor Dora Biro, specialises in animal behaviour and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology. The excellently equipped departmental laboratories are based on Parks Road, which is a short walk from St Hugh’s. In addition, the University’s Botanic Garden living collections include the Harcourt Arboretum, Wytham Woods, and two herbaria of international standing. Please see the Departmental websites (links below) for further details.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Dora Biro.

Useful Links:
The Department of Zoology Website
The Department of Plant Sciences Website
Botanic Gardens
Oxford University Herbarium
Wytham Woods
Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Plant Sciences: Gem Toes
Zoology: Heather Green
Doctoral Training Centre: Samantha Miles

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Chemistry

Chemistry


The University’s Department of Chemistry is the largest in the western world. Each year some 170 undergraduate chemists graduate after a four-year course which includes a year of research and about 80 graduates receive doctorates. At St Hugh’s, we currently have 11 graduate research students and two Tutorial Fellows working across a variety of fields in Chemistry. The College is located around a 10 minute walk away from the Department buildings and its laboratories. Please see the Chemistry Department website (link below) for further details.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Luet Wong (Inorganic), Professor Stuart Conway (Organic).

Useful Links:
The Department Website
The University Chemistry Webpage
Departmental News
Chemistry Library Resources

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers: Agnieszka Borkowska.

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Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences


The Department’s research is grouped into four areas of focus: environment, oceans and climate; tectonics, volcanoes and hazards; planets and planetary interiors; and evolution and the fossil record. However, it is not unusual for research topics to be multidisciplinary, and for students to have more than one supervisor covering different aspects of the project. At St Hugh’s we have one Tutorial Fellow, Professor Matt Friedman, a Paleobiologist, and a Professorial Fellow, Professor Chris Ballentine, who focuses upon Geochemistry. Please see the Department website (link below) for further details.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Matt Friedman, Professor Chris Ballentine.

Useful Links:
The Department Website
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
The University Webpage
Current DPhil Projects
Departmental Events

Departmental Graduate Studies Officer: Emma Brown.

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Engineering

Engineering


The University’s Engineering Department currently has 73 research students working on a wider variety of fields, while at St Hugh’s we have 7 full-time graduate research students in Engineering and two Tutorial Fellows and a Fellow by Resolution. The study of all branches of engineering in Oxford is encompassed in a single, unitary Department of Engineering Science. The opportunities in the Department for postgraduate study and research include the conventional disciplines of Engineering such as Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical, as well as Information Engineering, applications of Engineering to Medicine, Low-Temperature Engineering, and Experimental Plasma Physics. Please see the Department website (link below) for further details.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Chris StevensProfessor Stephen DuncanProfessor Antoine Jerusalem.

Useful Links:
The Department Website
The University Webpage
Oxford University Engineering Society

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Engineering Sciences: Donna Harper

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Mathematics, Statistics & Computing

Maths


St Hugh’s is one of the closest Colleges to the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, which is home to the newly-built Mathematics Institute. Mathematical and Computer Sciences form a strong component within the College. The College has four Tutorial Fellows who work in the Mathematical Institute, Department of Statistics and Department of Computer Science, and just under 25 full-time graduate students studying for both research and taught degrees.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor James Martin (Statistics),  Professor Ruth Baker (Maths), Dr Tom Sanders (Maths), Professor Harald Oberhauser (Statistics), Dr Alessandro Abate (Computer Science).

Useful Links:
The University Webpage – Mathematics
The University Webpage – Computer Science
The University Webpage – Statistics
The Maths Department Website
Public Lectures
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Statistics: Jan Boylan
Computer Science: Julie Sheppard & Sarah Retz
Mathematics & Computing: Monica Kundan Finlayson
Mathematics: Sandhya Patel, Jonathan Whyman, Laura O’Mahony

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Physics

Physics


The University’s Physics Department is divided into 6 divisions, each of which is autonomous but offers interdisciplinary research opportunities. At St Hugh’s we welcome applications for research in all fields and currently have 12 full-time graduate research students overseen by two Tutorial Fellows, Professor Don Grainger (Atmospheric Physics), and Professor John Chalker (Theoretical/Condensed Matter Physics). The College is less than a 10-minute walk from the Physics Department on Banbury Road where much of your time as a graduate will be spent.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Don Grainger, Professor John Chalker.

Useful Links:
The Physics Department Website 
The Physics Department Newsletter
The University Webpage
Raleigh Medal & Prize Awarded to Professor John Chalker

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Astrophysics: Ashling Morris
Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics: Sarah Harrington
Atomic & Laser Physics: Monika Porada
Condensed Matter Physics: Olivia Hawkes
Particle Physics: Kim Proudfoot
Theoretical Physics: Michelle Bosher

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Medical Sciences

Anatomy & Genetics

Anatomy & Genetics


Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Ed Mann, Professor John Morris, Professor Clive Wilson.

Useful Links:
Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics Website
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Radcliffe Science Library
Bodleian Health Care Libraries

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Medical Sciences: Erin Wheeler, Sam Burnell & Eleanor Wilson.
Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics: Sarah Noujaim

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Biochemistry

Biochemistry


Research students reading for doctorate (DPhil) or MSc by Research in the Department of Biochemistry are admitted to one of several programmes, either by the department or one of the Oxford Doctoral Training Centres (DTC). Biochemistry offers excellent opportunities for quality research training in wide-ranging leading areas of biological and biophysical sciences. The Biochemistry building with its new facilities provide an outstanding research environment within a friendly community for postgraduates to learn and develop their research and other professional skills. 

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Anthony Watts, Dr John Stanley, Dr Louise Bird.

Useful Links:
The Biochemistry Department Website
The University Webpage
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Radcliffe Science Library
Bodleian Health Care Libraries

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officer: Erol Campunar.

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Disease & Pathology

Disease & Pathology


Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Ed Mann, Professor John Morris, Professor Clive Wilson, Professor Elizabeth Soilleux. (Fellow by Resolution).

Useful Links:
Sir William Dunn School of Pathology Website
The University’s Webpage: Pathology
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Radcliffe Science Library
Bodleian Health Care Libraries

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Pathology: Lucinda Risius
Pharmacology: Paula Savin
Oncology: Sarah Norman

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Medical & Surgical Sciences

Medical


Professor Clive Wilson and Professor Ed Mann, the two Tutorial Fellows in Medicine at St Hugh’s, oversee both undergraduate study and act as advisors to graduates at St Hugh’s, while John Morris, the recently retired Wellcome-Franks Fellow in Medicine, Emeritus Professor of Human Anatomy, and past Director of Pre-Clinical Studies, still retains an active role in Graduate Entry Medicine at St Hugh’s.

Courses offered:

Graduate entry Medicine
St Hugh’s also offers up to three places each year on the Graduate Entry Medical course (also known as Accelerated Medicine), where students with a suitable previous science degree can undertake an intensive four-year programme. We work with other colleges to provide full and extensive tutorial support for this course. For further details, see the information on the Medical Sciences website.

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Clive Wilson, Professor Ed Mann, Professor John Morris,  Dr Damian Jenkins, Professor Ahmed Ahmed (Fellow by Resolution),
Professor Jonathan Cook.

Useful Links:
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Radcliffe Science Library
Bodleian Health Care Libraries
TORCH – Medical Humanities
Medical Sciences Skills Training

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Medical Sciences: Erin Wheeler, Sam Burnell & Eleanor Wilson.
Graduate Entry Medicine: Laura Morgan
Surgical Sciences: Lotti Ekert

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Neuroscience, Psychiatry & Experimental Psychology

Neuroscience


Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Ed Mann, Dr Nadja Althaus, Professor Kim Plunkett, Dr Damian Jenkins, Dr Gabriel De Luca, Dr Martin O’Neill, Dr David Popplewell.

Useful Links:
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Radcliffe Science Library
Bodleian Health Care Libraries
The University’s Neuroscience Webpage
The Department of Neuroscience
The University’s Experimental Psychology Webpage
The Department of Experiment Psychology
The Faculty of Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics
Oxford BabyLab

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Clinical Neuroscience & Psychiatry: Erin Wheeler, Sam Burnell & Eleanor Wilson.
Neuroscience: Deborah Clarke
Experimental Psychology: Helene Augar

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Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Paediatrics

Obs & Gyne


Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Clive Wilson, Professor Ed Mann, Professor John Morris, Professor Adrian Harris, Dr Gabriel De Luca, Professor Ahmed Ahmed (Fellow by Resolution).

Useful Links:
The University Webpage for Paediatrics
The Department of Paediatrics Website
The University Webpage for Obstetrics & Gynaecology 
The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Radcliffe Science Library
Bodleian Health Care Libraries

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers: Erin Wheeler, Sam Burnell & Eleanor Wilson.

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Social Sciences

Archaeology & Anthropology

Arch & Anth


Boasting a distinguished tradition that includes the former Principalship of Kathleen Kenyon, who excavated at Jerusalem and Jericho in the 1950s and 1960s, St Hugh’s was one of the first colleges to take students for Archaeology and Anthropology, something we feel is intrinsic to our College identity today. We currently have 9 research students and 10 taught-course students working in related fields, with an almost equal number of Undergraduates.  The College offers travel grants to help fund the costs of fieldwork and research.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: (Archaeology) Professor Peter Mitchell, (Evolutionary Anthropology) Professor Cristian Capelli, (Social Anthropology) Dr Patrick Alexander, Professor Marcus Banks, Professor Biao Xiang.

Useful Links:
The Archaeology Department Website
The Anthropology Department Website
Pitt Rivers
The Ashmolean Museum
The Human Evolutionary Genetics Group Website

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Archaeology: Barbara Morris
African Studies: Anniella Hutchinson
Social & Cultural Anthropology: Vicky Dean

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Blavatnik School of Government

Blavatnik School


The Blavatnik School of Government is a global school committed to excellence in leadership and public policy education and to pursuing a vision of better government, stronger societies, and richer human opportunities across the world. St Hugh’s is located around a 10-minute walk from the newly built Blavatnik site on Walton Street.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Although there are no Faculty members at St Hugh’s Professor David Doyle, a Tutorial Fellow in Politics takes charge of the College advisory role for Blavatnik students.

Useful Links:
The University Webpage
The Blavatnik School of Government Website
The Blavatnik School of Government Events

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officer: Sarah Randall

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Law & Criminology

Law


St Hugh’s currently has three Tutorial Fellows in Law, and the Statutory Chair in Commercial Law. It has strengths particularly in private law and commercial law fields, and special depth in legal history. The College’s current Principal Dame Elish Angiolini is a distinguished criminal and public law expert. We welcome students for the taught graduate law degrees, namely the BCL, the MJur, and the Masters in Law and Finance. We are also keen to admit students for the masters and doctoral research degrees. In most years the College is likely to have some ten full-time graduate students in Law. Law students at St Hugh’s enjoy excellent library facilities with the College’s own well-stocked Law Library supplementing the Bodleian Law Library.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Joshua Getzler, Professor Mike Macnair, Professor Glen Loutzenhiser, Professor Horst Eidenmüller, Dame Elish Angiolini.

Useful Links:
The Law Faculty Website
The University Webpage
Graduate Scholarships in Law
The Law Library

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Law: Geraldine Malloy
Law & Finance: Catherine Chandler
BCL/MJur: Marianne Biese

Criminology: Tracy Kaye

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PGCE & Education

PGCE


A large number of St Hugh’s alumni have gone on to teach after completing their courses, and the College is proud of its heritage in this area, continuing to accept a large number of PGCE applicants from a wide variety of subject specialties. Professor Ian Thompson,  who holds a Fellowship in Education is also the head of the English PGCE at the department. St Hugh’s is close to the Department of Education and the Education Library in Norham Gardens and is therefore a convenient location for anyone wanting to apply.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Ian Thompson

Useful Links:
The Department of Education Website
The University Webpage
Fees and Funding for PGCE
The Bodleian Education Library

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
PGCE: Sarah Keen
DPhil & MSc: Justina Kurkova & Kyra Smith

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Politics & Economics

Politics


Both the Department of Politics and that of Economics are committed to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. St Hugh’s admits for a wide range of courses including both research and taught degrees, we have three tutorial fellows in Politics and Economics.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Dr Jeremy Large, Professor David Doyle, Professor John Quah, Dr Spencer Smith.

Useful Links:
The Department of Politics Website
The Department of Politics Events Page
The Economics Department Website
The Department of Economics Events Page
The University Webpage – Economics
The University Webpage – Politics

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Marta Mas & Aoife Dudley

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Saïd Business School

SBS


St Hugh’s has a longstanding association with the University’s Business School, cemented through the work of the Senior Tutor, Professor Roy Westbrook, who was Deputy Dean of the Business School until 2014. We welcome applications from those studying both academic and vocational courses, including the part-time Executive Master of Business Administration and Major Programme Management. We also extend Associate Membership to students enrolling on the non-matriculated Diploma in Financial Strategy and Diploma in Strategy and Innovation.

Courses offered:

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Thomas Powell, Professor Roy Westbrook (The Senior Tutor), Dr Gillian Brooks

Useful Links:
Said Business School Website
Events at the Business School
The University Webpage

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
DPhil, MSc & MPM: Heather Browning
MBA: Charlene New
EMBA: Joanne Boyland

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Sociology

Sociology


The Department of Sociology was established in 1999 to provide a renewed focus for sociological research and teaching in the University. The international reputation of ‘Oxford Sociology’ is widely recognised. The Department of Sociology is currently ranked fourth in the world (and first in Europe) according to QS Rankings by Subject 2015. Each year around 30 students are accepted onto the Department of Sociology’s MSc and MPhil taught course, while St Hugh’s is home to seven taught graduate students. The Centre for Time Use Research, under Professor Oriel Sullivan, operates from the College site. 

Courses offered:

  • DPhil in Sociology
  • MSc in Sociology
  • MSc in Social Science of the Internet

Academics at St Hugh’s: Professor Oriel Sullivan

Useful Links:
The Department Website
The University Webpages

The Centre for Time Use Research

Departmental Graduate Admissions Officers:
Kristiana Dahl

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