The University of Oxford's policy on age, which applies to all the colleges including Merton, states:
"Oxford University welcomes applications from students regardless of their age. However, potential candidates for all courses will be expected to demonstrate a mature approach to the study of their subject, including skills of critical analysis, wide contextual knowledge and the ability to manage their own time effectively. If, for welfare reasons, relating to age or other grounds, a College considers that it is not in the best interests of an individual student to live in College, they will discuss alternative options, if an offer of a place is made."
However, this does not apply to applicants for the A100 Pre-clinical Medicine course, where a necessary lower age limit for admission to the A100 Pre-clinical Medicine course applies. This means that applicants for the A100 Pre-clinical Medicine course only must be at least 18 years old at the start of the first term they intend to start the course. This requirement brings the medical school into line with many other top-ranking medical schools in the UK and is further explained in the FAQs on the Medical Sciences website.
For more detail on individual subjects' deferred entry policies, please check departmental websites.
* Merton's Tutors in Physics do not encourage deferred entry, largely because lack of practice can affect the mathematical competence achieved at A Level or equivalent. They will, however, consider applications in certain special circumstances, e.g. where a candidate sponsored by industry is spending a year in a laboratory.
** It is a policy of the Modern Languages Faculty that applicants for beginners' Russian cannot apply for deferred entry. Read more about beginners' Russian on the Faculty page.
It is very helpful if all applicants planning a gap year explain briefly what their plans entail on their application form.
Read more about second undergraduate degrees at Oxford.
A mature student is one who will be over the age of 21 when starting at Oxford.
As we have very small numbers of mature students, the College does not offer facilities which are distinct from those offered to other undergraduates, although they would be eligible to apply for married accommodation in appropriate circumstances.