Academic Dress

Commoner's gownsCommoner's Gown

A commoner is any undergraduate member of the University who has not obtained a college scholarship or exhibition. The gown is made of black material but with the style of a turned-over collar. It has no sleeves, but has a streamer on each side with square pleating and hanging to the full length of the gown, which covers the normal lounge coat.

 

Scholar and Graduate GownsScholar’s Gown

A scholar’s gown is worn by any undergraduate who has been awarded a scholarship by an Oxford college. The scholar’s gown is made from black cloth material in full style with a gathered stiffened yoke behind and short open sleeves. The gown should reach to the wearer’s knees.

 

Graduate's and Scholar's GownGraduate's Gown

The graduate student’s gown may be worn only by those who have been admitted to read for specific post-graduate degrees and who are not Oxford graduates. The gown is of the same style as that for a commoner but it reaches to the knees of the wearer and has streamers on each side hanging the length of the gown.

 

Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Gowns and HoodsBachelor of Arts (BA) Gown and Hood

A full-style gown made from black Russell cord or polyester. It has a full gathered yoke with long open-fronted sleeves. The hood is of Dean Burgon or Oxford shape, and is made from black corded silk, lined and trimmed with white fur fabric.

 
Holders of the following degrees also wear the BA gown and hood:
Master of Biochemistry
Master of Chemistry
Master of Earth Sciences
Master of Engineering
Master of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
Master of Physics
Master of Computer Science
Master of Mathematics
Master of Mathematics and Philosophy
Master of Physics and Philosophy

Bachelor of Fine Art Gown and HoodBachelor of Fine Art (BFA) Gown and Hood

A full-style gown made from black Russell cord or polyester. It has a full gathered yoke with long open-fronted sleeves. The hood is of Dean Burgon shape, and is made from black silk, with a narrow band of gold silk inside.

 

 

Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Gowns and HoodsMaster of Arts (MA) Gown and Hood

A full-style gown made from black Russell cord or polyester, reaching below the calf of the wearer, with a full gathered yoke behind and closed sleeves with a crescent- shaped cut a the bottom and an opening at the elbow. The hood is of Dean Burgon or Oxford shape, and is made from black corded silk, edged and lined with crimson or shot crimson silk.

 

MLitt and MSc Gown and Hood and MPhil and BPhil Gown and HoodMaster of Letters (MLitt) and Master of Science (MSc)

A black gown of silk with a form of black lace sewn on the collar, the lower part of the back, and down the sleeves which are closed and cut straight, but have an opening just above the elbow. The hood, of Dean Burgon shape, is of blue ribbed silk, edged and lined with grey silk.

 

 

BMBCh, BCL and MJur Gown and HoodBachelor of Medicine and of Surgery (BM BCh), Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and Magister Juris (MJur)

A black gown of silk with a form of black lace sewn on the collar, the lower part of the back, and down the sleeves which are closed and cut straight, but have an opening just above the elbow. The hood, of Dean Burgon shape, is of blue corded silk or poplin with white fur fabric.

 

MPhil and BPhil Gown and Hood and MLitt and MSc Gown and HoodMaster of Philosophy (MPhil) and Bachelor of Philosophy (MPhil) Gown and Hood

A black gown of silk with a form of black lace sewn on the collar, the lower part of the back, and down the sleeves which are closed and cut straight, but have an opening just above the elbow. The hood, of Dean Burgon or Oxford shape, is of blue ribbed silk, edged and lined with white silk.

 

MSt Gown and HoodMaster of Studies (MSt)

A black gown of silk with a form of black lace sewn on the collar, the lower part of the back, and down the sleeves which are closed and cut straight, but have an opening just above the elbow. The hood, of Dean Burgon shape, is of deep green ribbed silk, edged and lined with white silk. 

 

DPhil and DSc Gown and HoodDoctor of Philosophy (DPhil Gown and Hood)

A full scarlet robe with bell-shaped sleeves, of which the body is made from scarlet cloth with facings and sleeves of blue silk.

 

 

DSc and DPhil Gown and HoodDoctor of Science (DSc) Gown and Hood

A full scarlet robe with bell-shaped sleeves, of which the body is made from scarlet cloth with facings and sleeves of grey silk.