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Admissions for the cohort starting the programme in January 2025 are now open.

You may also express interest in being considered for the January 2026 cohort if you wish.

The deadline for applications for the current admissions round is noon GMT on Monday, 12 February 2024.

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How to apply

Submit your application using our online form (link below) by the deadline.

Your application should include:

  • An outline CV (no more than four pages)
  • A personal statement (maximum 1,000 words) providing:
    • A summary of your current career position and reasons for applying to the programme; 
    • Why you think you would be suitable for the programme by reference to the criteria (listed below); 
    • An outline of your academic experience and interests, including topics and approaches you would be interested in exploring through the tutorial and independent project elements of the programme (this is indicative, and does not commit you to a particular path at this stage). 
    • How your participation in the programme would be of wider social benefit. 
  • The details of two referees, one of whom should know you in a professional capacity and the other in a personal capacity.


If, following a consideration of the gathered field, the assessors decide to shortlist you, you will be invited to participate in an online interview of about 45 minutes.

Referee interviews

The assessors will also independently discuss the applications of shortlisted candidates with their named referees, so please do ensure at the time you apply that the people you list would be happy to be contacted.

How will my application be assessed?

Applications are assessed by members of the core programme team, who will review the applications in a competitive, gathered field.

When making shortlisting and offer decisions, the assessors will  consider both individual and cohort-level criteria.

The individual criteria are:

  • A significant record of professional achievement over a career of (usually) at least 20 years. Applications are encouraged from a wide range of fields and professions, including (but not limited to) industry, commerce, the sciences, the law, teaching, religious leadership, government and non-profit leadership, and the arts   
  • Intellectual curiosity, independence and flexibility of thought, a capacity to construct and critically assess arguments, and an ability to solve problems using logical, critical or creative approaches. These may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including formal academic study and/or creative or professional work demanding these skills   
  • Demonstrable experience of working collaboratively and effectively with others    
  • Commitment to the aims of the programme and to participating in a full-time study environment including substantial elements of independent study
  • A capacity and commitment to use their experience on the programme to contribute to wider social and public benefit
  • A high level of proficiency in spoken and written English: note that Next Horizons is delivered solely in English  

The cohort-level considerations are:

  • Anticipated cohort dynamics
  • The need to balance academic subject interests
  • The importance of securing a diversity of personal and professional experiences and perspectives

When making decisions, assessors are looking to build a balanced cohort over the next three programme cycles. An individual may therefore be offered a place in a future cohort rather than that for which they have applied.   

How can I find out more?

If you have questions about the programme or admissions, please feel free to contact Ashley Walters, Deputy Director: nexthorizons@hmc.ox.ac.uk.

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