Matriculation is the ceremony that marks your formal admission to the University’s academic community. Due to the ongoing pandemic, it will not possible for the University to host this large-scale event in October and students due to matriculate will be matriculated in absentia during 0th Week of Michaelmas Term.

The Formal Welcome to the University by the Vice-Chancellor will be hosted online on Saturday 17 October 2020. Whilst this will not be a formal Matriculation Ceremony, the University aims to maintain as many of the traditions as possible, including the relevant lines of Latin, while acknowledging the extraordinary circumstances that we face.

Unlike in previous years, all new students will be invited to view the Formal Welcome by the University, regardless of whether you have attended a previous Matriculation Ceremony.

Students starting in Hilary or Trinity Term 2021 will be informed nearer the time whether they will matriculate in absentia or in person. College will update you. Matriculation will take place on either Thursday 11 March 2021 or Thursday 17 June 2021 for those students starting in Hilary or Trinity Term 2021. If required to attend in person, the matriculation ceremony is a formal occasion on which full academic dress must be worn. The University does not allow guests to attend matriculation ceremonies.

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: 08/09/2020