Oxford University once famously claimed to have been founded by Alfred the Great in the 9th Century, but in fact, the University as we know it today began to take shape in the 12th Century when English Scholars were exiled from Paris University and began to congregate at Oxford’s Abbeys and Priories, which were buy then already established centers of learning.
Today, 39 independent, self-governing colleges are related to the University in a type of federal system. Each is governed by a Head of House and a number of Fellows, who are academics specializing in a wide variety of disciplines, most of whom also hold University posts.
Across both the Arts and the Sciences, Oxford research consistently ranks top both nationally and internationally. As well as being in the forefront of scientific, medical and technological achievement, the University has strong links with research institutions and industrial concerns both in the United Kingdom and overseas. The University is income from externally funded research grants and contracts in 1996-7 totaled over £107 million. The University’s great age also allows its teaching staff and research students to draw on a heritage of magnificent library and museum collections.
Students working for higher degrees are an important and valued part of Oxford University. They currently make up over a quarter of the total student body of 15,641, drawn by the excellent facilities for research, which the University can offer; therefore the proportion of graduate students is increasing.
In all these fields, Oxford attracts scholars from many parts of the world to join its teaching and research staff, and also values important role of overseas graduate students (approximately one third of the total graduate body) in providing intellectual stimulation and creating and maintaining academic links with colleges abroad.
To gain entry into the University, students must first win a place by competitive examination at one of the colleges, which have their own admissions policies.
The procedure for applications varies according to the subject you propose to study. There are no final deadlines for most applications, unless specified in a particular subject section, but there are many more applications than places available, and the process of acceptance by both faculty board and college can take some time; early application is therefore strongly advised.



 从文至理,牛津大学的研究一直处于全国以及世界领先地位。它占据了科学、医药和技术成就的最前线, 同英国乃至海外的研究机构和工业部门都有着紧密的联系。学校在1996至1997年间从校外提供的研究基金与合同中得到的总收入逾一亿七百万英镑。悠久的历史还为教职工和学生们做研究提供了丰富的图书馆资料与博物馆馆藏。
 为更高学位而攻读的学生是牛津大学内重要而且有值得一部分。 他们的人数占学生总人数15641的四分之一以上, 他们被校内先进的研究设备所吸引,因此研究生的比例还在上升着。