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Submitting written work

Find out if you need to submit written work to support your undergraduate application.

To support applications in some subjects, we require you to send us some of your written work. These enable us to assess the quality of your academic writing in the subject you wish to study, and they may be discussed at your interview. If your subject is not listed below, you do not need to send us any written work. 

The essays you submit should be copies of accredited essays (not coursework), with your teachers' comments. The essays should not normally be longer than 2500 words.

The deadline for submission of this material is 7 November 2019. A cover sheet can be downloaded from the download section at the bottom of this page.  For all subjects requiring written work, please email the essays in PDF format, along with the completed cover sheet, to . You do not need to type your essays. For example,

  • scan the pages of the essay(s) and the cover sheet into your computer as image files (200 dpi resolution should be sufficient)
  • insert the image files into a word processing document
  • save the document as a PDF file - for example, in Word for Windows, click print and then microsoft print to pdf
  • please start the name of all files with your own surname - e.g. 'smith essay 1.pdf', 'smith essay 2.pdf', 'smith cover sheet.pdf'...

Below is an outline of the requirements for the submission of written work for different subjects.

Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic

Two pieces of written work.

Asian & Middle-Eastern Studies

One essay in English on a substantive topic. If you are applying to study a European language as part of the AMES course, please also send an essay in that language.


Two pieces of written work from essay-based subjects that you are already studying (eg. History, English, Languages, Classical Civilisation).


Two essays, both from your English course.


 One essay from your History course.

History and Modern Languages

One essay from your History course and one essay in the foreign language for which you are applying.  If you are applying for a language ab initio, please send an essay in English in an essay-based subject.

History and Politics

One essay from your History course.

Modern and Medieval Languages

All applicants should send in three pieces of written work. If you are applying to continue two A-level (or equivalent) languages, please send one piece of work in each of these languages. The third piece should be an essay in English from another essay-based subject. If you are applying to continue one A-level language, and to start another language from scratch, please send one piece of work in the language you are studying and intend to continue; the other two pieces of work should be from an essay-based subject.


Two to three pieces of school work, which can be from the fields of music history, analysis and composition (harmony and/or counterpoint exercises).


Two pieces of written work.




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