How to apply


Applicants are to apply via the central graduate admissions website of the University of Oxford. Applications for MSc SEE open on Wednesday 1st September 2021.

Round one applications close at 12:00 midday UK time on Friday 12 November 2021.

  • Applications in round one are more likely to receive earlier decisions.

Round two applications close at 12:00 midday UK time on Friday 21 January 2022.

  • This is the latest deadline for most Oxford scholarships.
  • It is the final application deadline for entry in 2022-23.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria for the MSc SEE are as follows:

  1. Proven and potential academic excellence: Degree-level qualifications: As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with Honours in any discipline.
  2. Other qualifications, evidence of excellence and relevant experience: Applicants should demonstrate an interest in sustainable development and net zero, and intersections with enterprise. Evidence of any relevant practice experience should be outlined, but is not required.
  3. English language requirement: proficiency in English at the University's higher level.
  4. Applications should be supported by three written references, at least two of which should be academic, giving evidence of intellectual ability, academic achievement and motivation.

    Candidates will be asked to provide:

    • Official transcripts.
    • A CV.
    • A personal statement of up to two pages.
    • Written work: an essay of up to 2,000 words.
    • Three references, as outlined above.

    References are an important part of your application. They will support your application to the MSc SEE by speaking to your intellectual ability, academic achievement, motivation and suitability to the course, and ability to work effectively both independently and with others. Therefore, academic references are preferred - for at least two of your three references.

    We understand that in a few select cases it may difficult, and very occasionally, impossible, to get 1-2 letters from your former higher education institution. Especially for those of you who have been out of university for 10+ years. In these instances, we can accept a minimum of one academic reference, with the other two being either academic or professional, so long as they can speak closely and accurately to the above-mentioned points (.i.e. intellectual ability; academic achievement; motivation and suitability to the course; ability to work effectively both independently and with others).