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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply for the MSc?
  • Details of the application process are available here.

  • Can I do this part-time course full time?
  • All the courses delivered by the Software Engineering Programme are part-time.

  • Can this course be completed on a distance learning basis?
  • In short, no. Coming to Oxford for an intensive week of study provides the best compromise between flexibility and educational value for part-time students.

  • What dates do you start accepting/interviewing applicants?
  • We accept applications and interview applicants throughout the year.

  • Could I apply for the program with my degree?
  • We assess every candidate on their own merits; anyone with sufficient experience or proven ability in the field of study could be eligible. Prior to submitting their application, applicants can ask for advice as to whether—on the basis of the information already supplied—they would be likely to meet the admissions criteria. This advice is supplied without prejudice—it will have no effect upon the final assessment of the application—but may be helpful to the applicant in deciding whether to proceed, and what additional information they might wish to provide. Details are available here

  • Can I select colleges other than Kellogg, I want to go to Christchurch, Magdalen, etc.?
  • You may apply to any college that will accept a part-time student. Several colleges offer places for this course, but most students choose to apply to Kellogg College, which was established specifically to meet the expectations of students on professional and non-residential programmes.

  • How long will it take to complete this MSc? Can I do it in one year?
  • Most students take between 3 and 4 years to complete their MSc. As a part-time programme, there is a minimum 2 year period between admission and graduation.

  • I do not understand the fee structure, do I have to pay fees to the college also are there any fully-funded scholarships, bursaries or other funding opportunities?
  • There is a fee for each course attended, which covers materials and lunches during the teaching week, and the assignment, but not the accommodation. There is an additional registration fee for students studying towards an MSc. This is payable in up to four annual instalments, and covers college fees. Unfortunately, we do not have any bursaries or scholarships for part-time students.

  • When is my matriculation, do I have to attend and if so can I do this when attending a course?
  • The matriculation ceremony—the formal process of entering the University—is organised by the student's college. The dates are set by the college and attendance is mandatory within the first two terms of a student's registration starting.

  • Can I have an extension to the assignment submission date, I've been too busy at work, ill or death in family?
  • We do not offer extensions for assignments. Instead students may request to submit an assignment for a later iteration of a course. But in that case it is crucial to formally withdraw from the original assignment, before the submission deadline.

  • I will not be submitting an assignment, what are my options?
  • Students who do not submit an assignment, but who have formally withdrawn from submission before the deadline, may request to submit an assignment-only for a later iteration of a course.

  • How many times can I take an assignment-only option during the MSc?
  • The request to take an assignment only should be made through the Programme Office. The request will be considered by the Programme Director; normally, a maximum of three such requests will be approved.

  • When is my graduation?
  • The graduation ceremony is organised by the students' college, once a student has successfully completed their programme of study.