University of Oxford Majors
- Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Teaching has been taking place in Oxford since at least 1096 and developed rapidly through the 12th century.
- The university has played a major role in the intellectual life of the country since its early days. Over nine centuries it has been a centre for debate and controversy in science, religion and the arts.
- During the 20th and early 21st centuries, Oxford added to its humanistic core a major new research capacity in the natural and applied sciences, including medicine.
Location and Transport
- About 100km (62 miles) north west of London, with excellent links to the capital and the rest of the country.
- Oxford is a lively medium-sized city with a total student population of over 40, 000 (including students at both Oxford and Oxford Brookes).
- Most university and college buildings are located in the centre and are easily reached on foot or by bike.
- Conditional offers for students studying A levels range between A*A*A and AAA (or 38–40 points in the International Baccalaureate including core points, or another equivalent) depending on the subject.
- Specific A level (or equivalent) subjects may be required to apply for some subjects, especially in the sciences.
- Most subjects require applicants to sit a written test and/or submit written work as part of their application. Please note that separate registration is required for the admissions tests.
The 26, 005 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 64%
- Postgraduate 36%
Mode of study
- Full Time 73%
- Part Time 27%
- Most subjects include compulsory courses for the first year, and then give students the opportunity to choose some options in subsequent years.
- Please see our course pages for details.
- Tutorials are at the heart of teaching at Oxford. A tutorial is a lesson with a tutor usually taking place once or twice every week. Tutors are experts in their field and often world-leaders. Students usually have to prepare work in advance, for example an essay or some mathematical problems, which they then discuss in the tutorial.
- Through tutorials, students develop powers of independent, critical thought; analytical and problem-solving abilities, and written and oral communication skills.
- Oxford has more world-leading academic publications (rated 4* in the 2014 national Research Excellence Framework) than any other UK university.
- It ranked first in terms of the volume of material assessed as world-leading, and in terms of the number of top-ranked Units of Assessment (REF 2014).
- 92% of the examples it submitted of the impact its research has on the wider world were rated as outstanding or very considerable (REF 2014).
- Oxford consistently has the highest research income from external sponsors of any UK university.
- Oxford has a world-class reputation for academic excellence and courses have an academic rather than vocational focus.
- Many Oxford academics are international experts in their chosen fields in all disciplines of the sciences and arts.