The University of Oxford offers a huge number of graduate courses (called programmes of study in its admissions literature). Merton does not offer admission in all of these, preferring to focus on subjects in which its Fellows work. This common ground between graduates and Fellows enhances the academic support which the College can offer and makes for a more cohesive intellectual community.
Applicants must first have been accepted by a Department or Faculty of the University of Oxford before Merton or any other college can consider them. No separate college application is required - on the university application form, applicants should indicate either one preferred college or that they have no college preference (in which case, a college will be assigned via the University’s Graduate Admissions and Funding Office).