Matriculation is the ceremony that marks your formal admission to the University’s academic community. For the vast majority of students who are newly admitted to the University it is necessary to attend a ceremony in Oxford within the first three terms on course and prior to final assessment.

Public health restrictions in place in 2020 and much of 2021 meant that the University was unable to hold Matriculation Ceremonies as normal. Students were exceptionally matriculated in absentia with the University hosting an online welcome event as an alternative. At present expectations are that Ceremonies will be held as normal in the coming academic year but alternative arrangements will be made again if the situation changes so that this is no longer possible.

The College is responsible for making the arrangements for the matriculation of all its students and your College Offer Letter will have included information about what arrangements apply in your particular circumstances.

Standard arrangements

Unless otherwise advised, all students commencing study this Michaelmas term should attend the ceremony on Saturday 16 October 2021. Full details of this ceremony and instructions for arranging your attendance will be issued by the Academic Office when all conditions of admission have been met. Students who must attend a ceremony but are unable to do so on this occasion may be permitted to postpone their attendance to a later date by prior arrangement.

Students starting at a later point in the year (i.e. in Hilary or Trinity terms) who are required to matriculate in person will do so at a ceremony on either Thursday 10 March 2022 or Thursday 16 June 2022.

The matriculation ceremony is a formal occasion on which full academic dress must be worn. Following the ceremony, we invite students to join the President and Fellows for a celebration at College. The University does not allow guests to attend matriculation ceremonies and we are not normally able to accommodate them at the celebrations afterwards.

Alternative arrangements

For several years, the University has exceptionally agreed alternative arrangements for students enrolling for certain programmes of study. These arrangements are made on a by-programme basis and apply to all students joining those programmes. Exceptions from these arrangements are not permitted for individual students on such programmes.
Students joining the following programmes will not matriculate in person and will not, therefore, attend a ceremony.

  • Executive Master’s in Business Administration (“EMBA”)
  • MSc Major Programme Management
  • MSc Taxation
  • MSc Nanotechnology for Medicine and Health Care
  • MSc Sleep Medicine
  • MSc in Microelectronics, Optoelectronics and Communications
  • MSc Teaching English in University Settings (TELUS)
  • MSc ​Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching
  • MSt in Practical Ethics
  • MSc Educational Assessment

Individual exemption from attendance for previous matriculation and incorporation

Under University Statutes and Regulations students who would otherwise be required to matriculate in person are exempted from this requirement in the following circumstances:

  • If a student has previously matriculated at the University of Oxford (e.g. in order to study for an undergraduate or previous graduate degree) they cannot matriculate again. They will not, therefore, attend a ceremony.
  • If a student has previously studied at either the University of Cambridge or at Trinity College, Dublin, and obtained one of a specific list of degrees as a result, they may choose to incorporate. Students choosing to incorporate are deemed to matriculate at the same time and, therefore, do not attend the matriculation ceremony. Please note that students incorporating may be charged a fee by the University.

Please note that individual exemption must be confirmed in advance by the Academic Office to ensure that the exemption is valid.

Updated on: 12/07/2021