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Advanced Diploma in British & European Studies 2014-2015

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TypeOxford Qualification - Full-time
DatesMon 29 Sep 2014 to Fri 19 Jun 2015
Subject area(s)British & European Studies
FeesProgramme Fees £13,888 (You may pay by installments)
Application statusClosed to new applications
Course codeO14I400CBR
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email judith.arneil@conted.ox.ac.uk.


University of Oxford Pre-Master's Course 2014-2015

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Our long-running and highly successful Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies course offers you a unique opportunity to prepare for graduate entry to leading British universities.

The Oxford pre-Master's course would be ideal for you if

  • you graduated from a university outside the UK
  • you need to improve your academic English skills
  • you are looking for a challenging and stimulating pre-Master's course
  • you need to improve your critical thinking and develop strong analytical skills
  • you would like to optimise your potential for success in a British university environment
  • you intend to apply for a Master's course in a subject that is different from your undergraduate degree
  • You will benefit from approximately 15 contact teaching hours per week.

    The Oxford pre-Master's course lasts a full academic year and consists of:

  • A week-long academic and cultural orientation course
  • An academic module
  • An English language module
  • Oxford pre-Master's Minimum English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 at entry. You must have taken your IELTS test before you make your application and have achieved a minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four skills components (listening, speaking, reading, writing).

    Native or near-native English-speaking students

    If your mother tongue is English, or you are apporaching native speaker level in the language (IELTS 7.5 minimum), you are also most welcome to apply. Whilst the the English language module would normally be waived in such cases, please note that you would be required to follow courses in academic literacy and critical thinking during your studies.

    Each term you would be required to follow one additional academic course (from a choice of over 60) from the University's undergraduate course options. These normally take the form of lecture series delivered by some of the world's most eminent scholars. For each of your chosen courses, you will be required to write a long essay. Your options must relate to an aspect of the culture and civilisation of Britain and/or Europe and may include courses in:

  • Politics
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Literature
  • Sociology
  • History of Art
  • Geography
  • Archaeology


    Academic Module

    British & European Studies

    Over three terms, you will experience a rigorous and stimulating academic programme in British and European civilisation and culture taught through a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences including:

    In your second term, you will choose a topic of special interest to you for an extended essay which you submit at the end of the third term. You will also benefit from the support of an academic tutor who will advise you and supervise your work in weekly one-to-one tutorials.

    English Language Module

    A team of highly experienced and well-qualified expert language tutors will help you rapidly improve your language skills by teaching you in small seminar groups for maximum progress. Additionally, you will also benefit from a weekly one-to-one academic writing tutorial.

    You take the following English classes (approx. 10 contact hours per week):

    • Academic Literacy
    • Contemporary Britain in Focus: reading
    • English Grammar
    • Listening & Speaking Skills
    • Critical Thinking Skills

    You will also maintain a personal language portfolio in which you will set individual learning objectives, as well as record and monitor your progress and achievements throughout the year.

    Course Books and Materials

    All course books and study materials for both academic and English language modules are included in your course fees.

    British Heritage & Culture

    During your year at Oxford University, to help you discover the real Britain, we include a series of study visits at no extra cost such as:

    • St Paul's Cathedral
    • London Theatre visit
    • Houses of Parliament
    • Ashmolean Museum
    • National Gallery
    • A Shakespeare play in Stratford-upon-Avon

    Please note that places visited may change from year to year.

    Course Dates 2014 - 2015

    The Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies requires a full academic year of study:

    • Orientation course (29 September – 3 October 2014)
    • Term 1: Michaelmas (6 October – 12 December 2014)
    • Term 2: Hilary (12 January – 13 March 2015)
    • Term 3: Trinity (21 April – 19 June 2015)

    A typical teaching day starts at 9.15 a.m. and ends at 3.30 p.m. during which you take up to three 90-minute classes.

    Course aims


    We receive many expressions of interest from students from all over the world. Click here to view some of the most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us by phone (+44 1865 270451) or by email (judith.arneil@conted.ox.ac.uk)


    Upon successful course completion, students will be awarded a University of Oxford Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies.

    Assessment methods

    Assessment for the Oxford pre-Master's UG Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies consists of continuous assessment in the form of coursework assignments and seminar presentations for both English and academic subjects, as well as an extended academic essay on a specialist subject of your choice. When researching and writing your extended essay, you will benefit from individual academic tutorials.

    Michaelmas Term 2014
    Two academic essays of 1,600 words
    English Language portfolio of 3,500 words max

    Hilary Term 2015
    Three academic essays each of 1,600 words
    One English language essay of 2,000 words
    English Language portfolio of 2,000 words max

    Trinity Term 2015
    One academic essay 2,000 words
    One extended academic essay of 4,000 - 5,000 words
    English Language portfolio of 2,500 words max

    IT requirements

    This course uses the Department’s online assignment submission system. In order to prepare and submit your course assignments you will need access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification. Students of this course may use the student computing facilities provided in Departmental buildings.

    Teaching methods

    Teaching Resources, Methods & Study Support

    Our teaching and learning facilities are first class with modern tutorial and seminar rooms, libraries and reading rooms, and dedicated student IT facilities.

    Your tutors will adopt a range of teaching methods that will include lectures, group discussion, critical thinking and problem-solving tasks, and role play in order to encourage independent learning and to develop your intellectual and analytical skills.

    • You will receive a minimum of 15 contact teaching hours each week
    • You will study in small seminar groups for academic subjects
    • You will follow academic lectures
    • You will actively participate in communicative English language classes
    • You will receive one-to-one academic writing tutorials throughout your year
    • You will receive 12 one-to-one specialist academic tutorials across Terms 2 and 3

    Teaching outcomes

    What our former students say about the course

    ‘…An unforgettable programme! The holistic combination of interesting classroom learning and exciting field trips made the subjects taught come alive. Overall a thoroughly recommended course!’ (Rial, Singapore)

    'The British and European Studies programme is truly unique. The course offers a broad range of classes taught by wonderfully supportive instructors who instilled me with the confidence and knowledge I needed to enter my Master's programme feeling fully prepared. I feel so lucky to have been a student on this course and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking to gain the essential tools needed to further their academic careers.’ (Ellarie, USA)

    ‘A wonderful academic experience. I’ll never forget it.’ (Eldar, Azerbaijan)


    Accommodation & College Facilities

    You may apply for a college attachment (associate student membership) which would enable you to enjoy the social life of your college and meet many British students with whom you can practise and improve your English. Please contact us for further details.

    Normally, colleges will reserve single-study bedroom accommodation for you (mostly en suite) with shared kitchen facilities and which costs approximately £130 a week. This entitles you to use a wide range of facilities which naturally vary from college to college, but will usually include:

    • Common Room
    • Dining Hall
    • Library (some offer 24-hour access)
    • IT facilities
    • Café/Coffee shop
    • Gym & sporting facilities
    • TV room
    • Bar
    • Laundry

    Accommodation type varies from college to college and can either be in the college itself or elsewhere in Oxford. Alternatively, you may rent private accommodation in the city.

    Please note that college accommodation fills up very fast. We would, therefore, advise you to apply as early as possible as it becomes increasingly difficult to secure accommodation from late spring onwards.


    Students on the pre-Master's UG Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies course have access to a number of libraries across the University including the unrivalled resources of the Bodleian Library.


    The per person fees for the nine-month British and European Studies programme are:

    • Tuition fees: £13,888
    • College fee: £2,657

    Successful students will be invoiced on offer of a place for a deposit of £1,000. This non-refundable deposit MUST be paid within four weeks to hold your place. After 27 June 2014, successful students will be invoiced in full.

    Fee options

    Programme Fee
    Tuition Fee: £13888.00

    Apply for this course

    This nine-month programme is intended for international students…

    • who are graduates
    • who have a minimum overall IELTS score of at least 6.5

    Call us: + 44 (0)1865 270451

    Email us: judith.arneil@conted.ox.ac.uk

    Skype us: oxfordcourses

    Fax us: +44 (0)1865 270314

    Write to us: British & European Studies, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, UK

    You can also contact us via our new FACEBOOK page.

    How to Apply

    To apply for a place, you should send us...
    • your completed application form
    • a sealed, completed reference form or letter from your referee on headed/official notepaper
    • an official copy of your university transcript(s)
    • a copy of your IELTS/TOEFL test results. (Please note that you must have taken an IELTS or equivalent officially-recognised English language proficiency test BEFORE submitting your course application.)
    • two passport-sized photographs

    When we have received your completed application form and all related documentation, you will be contacted by the Programme Director who will arrange a telephone interview with you.

    You may email us your application form, university transcripts and English language test results, but should follow these up with hard copies in the post. You may also arrange for your referee to contact us by email, but the reference must come from their official, personal email address.



    Sorry, this course is not currently accepting applications. If you have any questions about this course, please use the course enquiry form.

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