University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus 2015 entry

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We hope you’ll enjoy reading this prospectus and finding out what it’s like to study at Oxford University We know that you would like find out as much as possible about the course, or courses, you’re interested in. We’ve provided videos online for each one so that you can hear more from Oxford students and tutors. These videos are easily accessible from your mobile device.

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University of Oxford

No.1 in Europe

No.2 in the world

Times Higher Education, World University Rankings 2013/14

Buttle UN Quality Mark

Oxford has been awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark in recognition of support offered to care leavers throughout the application process and during their time studying here.

If you have spent time in care and are thinking of applying, or you are supporting a care-leaver in this situation, you can visit for more information and contact details.


Details are correct at the time of going to press in January 2014. Any updates or changes to information can be found on our webpages


Produced by the University of Oxford Public Affairs Directorate

Distributed by the Undergraduate Admissions Office

University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 288000

Printed on UPM Fine by Belmont Press, Great Britain

© The University of Oxford 2014

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior permission.

Oxford Open Days

Wednesday 2 July; Thursday 3 July, Friday 19 September

There are also various smaller events throughout the year.

See p 184 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note] or

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Applying to OXFORD – Your 5 step guide

  1. Why not now?

Choose your course ( and find out:

The entrance requirements

How to apply (is there a test or written work?)

Which colleges offer it (you can give a preference, or make an open application:

  1. by 15 October 2014

Submit an application at (any time from early September - don’t leave it to the last minute)

Register for any admissions tests Tests take place on 5 November 2014, usually in your own school or college (except the LNAT for Law - register by 5 October and sit by 20 October). See

  1. In December 2014

If shortlisted, you’ll be invited to interview (set dates for each subject -

  1. By mid-January 2015

You’ll be told whether or not you have an offer of a place


If you are applying for student finance, don’t forget to apply online through your UK funding agency from early 2015

  1. Complete your qualifications and get your results; receive a final decision about your place

October 2015 – start your course?


Student statement

It felt great to find out that I was going to receive such generous financial support, far beyond what I might have previously hoped for. I was genuinely surprised by the size of the scholarship and the range of opportunities it could provide.

Nikita, Moritz-Heyman Scholar

Oxford gave me confidence to argue my point and think for myself, and opened doors to the best employers in the country.

Gary, Managing Director CD (UK) LTD



I Love OXFORD - At the heart of learning

Oxford retains a special place in the academic landscape of the UK and in the hearts of those who live, study and teach here.

There are many reasons why Oxford generates such admiration, pride and loyalty. No individual reason is unique, but when they are all viewed together it becomes clear that Oxford is a university like no other. These are the characteristics that have differentiated Oxford from all other universities for hundreds of years, and will continue to form the essence of the Oxford experience for years to come.


Student statement

I didn’t know what to expect from Oxford other than a great education. In fact those three years have stayed with me in all sorts of ways. But perhaps most importantly I left university feeling able to choose who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. I still feel lucky to have been there.

Matthew, Oxford graduate

The college system

Every student at Oxford is a member of a college. They are sometimes compared to halls of residence at other universities, but they are so much more besides. Your college will be your home for much of your time at Oxford, providing accommodation, meals, a library and IT support. The relatively small number of students at each college allows for close and supportive personal attention to be given to your induction, academic development and welfare.

See p 124 [Transcriber’s Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note] for more information about colleges at Oxford.

Financial support

Oxford is strongly committed to this principle: if you are a UK student and have the talent and ability to study with us, you should never be put off from applying for financial reasons. In 2015-16, Oxford is committed to providing generous financial support to students from lower-income households, to ensure they can make the most of what Oxford has to offer.

See p 120 [Transcriber’s Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note] for more information about financial support at Oxford.

Tutorial teaching

‘Tutor’ is Oxford’s name for a member of academic staff. They are often world-leading experts in their field, and tutorials are a chance to get individualised teaching from them. At least once a week in each subject studied, groups of two or three students will spend an hour with their tutor, discussing a topic in depth.

This personalised attention means that you will face rigorous academic challenges on a weekly basis, encouraging and facilitating your learning in a way that just isn’t possible in a lecture. It also means that tutors are immediately aware if you need any extra support with any aspect of your course, so they can help you right away.

Career opportunities

Oxford graduates are highly valued by employers for their communication, leadership and problem-solving skills. Hundreds of recruiters visit the University each year, and nearly 95% of all Oxford leavers are in work or further study six months after leaving. The Careers Service can help you find an internship, learn business skills and land your dream job.

See p 122 [Transcriber’s Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note] for more information about careers after Oxford.

Oxford Graduates: Most employable

In the 2013 Global Employability Rankings, Oxford was ranked #1 by 2,700 recruiters around the world.


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