Master of Studies Programmes


The Department for Continuing Education offers part-time MSt programmes in the following disciplines:

We also offer a full-time MSt in Diplomatic Studies

What is an MSt?

The term 'MSt' stands for 'Master of Studies', a postgraduate degree awarded in disciplines including art, history and social sciences.

Level and demands

It is likely you will have a first degree, or equivalent, although in some cases other evidence of suitability may be acceptable. More information about entry requirements can be found on each individual programme page.

MSt students are not required to be resident in Oxford, but will normally be required to attend short residencies. 

College affiliation

All students studying for a degree (including Master's) must be a member of a college. There is single application process to the MSt programme within which you can specify a college choice. Your choice of college is up to you, and does not affect the academic viability of your application to the MSt itself.  A number of Oxford colleges accept applications from part-time postgraduates, whereas others do not: please consult the graduate prospectus or enquire with individual colleges. (Even if you are accepted onto the degree, please note that you are not guaranteed a place at your first choice of college).

Applicants may wish to note that the majority of students on part-time degree programmes are members of Kellogg College and most of the tutors and lecturers are Fellows of the College. Kellogg is dedicated to graduate part-time students and has developed a unique expertise in attending to the intellectual, social, IT and welfare needs of part-time, mature graduate students. The College is based a short distance from the Department on the Banbury Road.

Libraries and computing facilities

Registered students receive an Oxford University card, valid for one year at a time, which acts as a library card for the Departmental Library at Rewley House and provides access to the unrivalled facilities of the Bodleian Libraries which include the central Bodleian, major research libraries such as the Sackler Library, Taylorian Institution Library, Bodleian Social Science Library, and faculty libraries such as English and History. Students also have access to a wide range of electronic resources including electronic journals, many of which can be accessed from home. Students on the course are entitled to use the Library at Rewley House for reference and private study and to borrow books. More information about the Continuing Education Library can be found at the Bodleian website

The University card also provides access to facilities at Oxford University Computing Service (OUCS), 13 Banbury Road, Oxford. Computing facilities are available to students in the Students' Computing Facility in Rewley House and at Ewert House.



MSt in Creative Writing

A two-year, part-time master's offering a unique combination of high contact hours, genre specialization, and critical and creative breadth.


MSt in Literature and Arts (MLA)

An interdisciplinary programme which encompasses literature, history, art, architectural history, political thought and the history of ideas. It is designed around 3 sequential periods of British history, from Early Modern to the early 20th century.


MSt in the History of Design

The MSt in the History of Design is a taught Master's Degree offered part-time over two years


MSt in Historical Studies

One-year part-time course combining focused study of key historical themes and concepts in British and Western European history


Oxford University Diplomatic Studies Programme

The Diplomatic Studies Programme brings together diplomats in early-to-mid career for a course lasting a full academic year


MSt in International Human Rights Law

This is a part-time degree offered over two academic years.


MSt in Practical Ethics

A highly interdisciplinary course focusing on the application of rigorous philosophical analysis to real-life ethical problems


MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

This course offers experienced practitioners an opportunity to develop specialist skills in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)


MSt in Psychodynamic Practice

The Master of Studies (MSt) Degree in Psychodynamic Practice is a one year part-time postgraduate course