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All candidates accepted by the Department are guaranteed a college place. You can state your college of preference on your application form or the department can select a college on your behalf. Once the Department has accepted your application, the college will review your application and if it cannot offer you a place, your application will be referred to another college.

There are a wide range of colleges in Oxford. They range from the old, traditional colleges with a mix of undergraduates and postgraduates to newer, more informal colleges some of which are only for graduates. Some colleges are large with 300 or more graduate students; others are smaller with only 100 graduate students. Some colleges are located in the centre of Oxford within walking distance of the Department of Pharmacology, whilst others are a cycle-ride away.