Undergraduate Admissions

Welcome to the undergraduate applicants section of the Oxford University History Faculty website. These pages allow you to find out about what it is like to study history at Oxford, offer guidance on how to apply, and provide resources to help you develop your own interests and abilities as an historian.

Every year Oxford’s History Faculty admits around 300 students to study for an undergraduate degree in history. These students join a community of more than 1,500 Oxford historians – undergraduates, graduates, researchers, and tutors  This intellectual variety allows the History Faculty to offer an unparalleled number and range of courses.

The History Faculty is very large, but the experience of learning here is tailored to each individual.  All students receive personalised tutorial teaching throughout their degree. For keen historians, this model of reading, writing, feedback, and discussion is intellectually challenging and intensely rewarding. Every history student belongs to a college, where they also benefit from individual support and a welcoming community To learn more about our students’ experiences of studying here, in their own words, visit our student blog and check out the meet the students video below. The Oxford history degree allows students not only to develop a deep and wide-ranging understanding of the past, but also to gain skills that will shape their lives and careers after graduation. Find out more about what the Oxford history degree offers by looking at our undergraduates’ top ten reasons why they like studying history at Oxford.

At Oxford, we are committed to ensuring that the most talented and motivated historians join the History Faculty each year, regardless of background. You can find all the information you need about the application process here. None of us were born historians. If you are looking for help in developing your historical interests and abilities beyond your schoolwork, visit our History Skills page. Here you will find primary sources to inspire your historical curiosity and guidance on ways to find out more about the past.

If you are advising a student who is thinking of making an application to study History at Oxford, our Resources for schools section suggests some of the ways in which teachers can support students’ applications. We would love to work with you in inspiring the next generation of keen historians!

Oxford offers a single honours course and five joint school degrees:

What is History at Oxford like?

This video looks in depth on what the History courses at Oxford will offer to you.

This video was created for the Oxford Virtual Open Day in July 2020.



What I love about studying history

Meet the students and find out what they love about studying history at Oxford.

This video was created for the Oxford Virtual Open Day in July 2020.