For master's programmes or diplomas with late results we try our best to facilitate the continuation of your studies without a year's break. However, in some cases this may not be possible.
If you are not able to get us a final transcript/confirmed marks before registering for the Oxford course, we will have to ask for three things:
- By that date we would want an interim transcript with marks up to that point, showing any marks that were not in the transcript submitted with the application. These marks could be released to us unofficially by your University, if they are not released to you at that point. But you would need to make sure your University office is happy to do this.
- We want confirmation that you submitted your dissertation when this has happened (assuming the dissertation is the element delaying things).
- We want confirmation from your supervisor that s/he has seen a final draft of your dissertation, commenting on the progress and quality of the work, and giving us an indication as to the likely outcome of the dissertation. You need to make sure that your supervisor is happy to release this information to us confidentially, even though the assessment process will not have started at that point. If your supervisor is not willing to give us such a specific indication before marking has commenced, we will have to wait for confirmation of your final mark, which in your case may be too late for starting the course in October.
If we are happy with your interim marks and the indication from your supervisor is positive and detailed enough, we may be able to waive your academic conditions so that you don't waste a year. But since all this would only happen once you submitted your dissertation, which is likely going to be just before our course starts, it requires nerves of steel from you, as it'll be extremely short notice for you to be informed where you will be spending the next academic year. If you don't think you can cope with such a situation, it would be better to take a year out inbetween.
If your course is by dissertation-only and there are no other examined elements forthcoming in the current year, we will have to wait for the final mark of your dissertation. This could be unofficially released to us by your University before it is available officially, but again, you need to check that they would be willing to do this.
Should you need a visa, this whole process may complicate matters quite a bit more, and in some cases make them impossible, depending a bit on where you are planning to spend your summer. If you already have a UK visa and stay here you can still register for your course at Oxford on your current visa, but you would need to show evidence that you have started your visa application for the Oxford course.