How to Apply

You don't have to have travelled the world, and we don't care what type of school you attended - all that matters is that you are academically able and motivated by an intellectual curiosity.

Academic requirements

A-levels: A*AA
Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
IB: 39 (including core points) with 766 at higher level
Or any other equivalent: see the University's guidance on other UK qualifications, and international qualifications

Subject requirements

There are no required subjects you must have studied, although nearly all applicants have studied Geography.

If English is not your first language you may also need to meet our Visas and English language requirements.

Admissions test

For candidates applying in 2023 for entry in 2024 or deferred entry in 2025: Candidates for Geography will no longer sit the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA). All candidates for Geography will sit the new Geography Admissions Test (GAT). More information will follow shortly on the department and University websites.

Decisions about which candidates to call for interview will be made on the basis of the performance in the GAT, as well as contextualised GCSE results and other information from the UCAS form.

Written work

You do not need to submit any written work when you apply.

What are tutors looking for?

We are looking for your potential for independent thinking, ability to follow an argument and problem-solving skills. Applicants will need to display evidence of a strong academic record and an ability to deploy their knowledge in ways that show initiative. Interviews are not a test of knowledge but give candidates the opportunity to respond in a thoughtful way to unpredictable questions and ideas.

Application deadlines

If you want to study with us, you need to apply a year before the start date of the course by completing an online UCAS application form. Applications open in June so you can start work on the form from then. You won't be able to submit your application until early September. There is a strict submission deadline of 6pm (UK time) on 15 October.

Put the University's admissions timeline dates in your diary and start planning your application now.

The Oxford college experience

Read our guide to the Oxford college experience to find out more about the tutorial system and Oxford's colleges.


For more information about applications and interviews read our Oxford interview guidance.

Making an application

Please see the University's guide for applicants for information on how to apply.

Ella Duffy

"While the application process may seem daunting, it's all worth it to study such an interesting and applicable course in such a beautiful city."
Ella, Geography undergraduate, writing about her experience of coming to Oxford from a state school.