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University of Oxford

2016 League Table Ranking 2
2016 Overall Score 989
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Entry Standards 571 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 10.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.34 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 2,775 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.17 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 446 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 81.9 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 96.4 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 92.1 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 32.7 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • 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.

Entry Standards

  • 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. Each course page will detail the requirements necessary.
  • 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.
  • Read our comprehensive guide to Applying to Oxford and Cambridge.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • 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 course applied for. See the course pages for more information, at
  • Specific A-level (or equivalent) subjects may be required to apply for some courses, especially in the sciences.
  • Most courses require applicants to sit a written test or tests and/or submit written work as part of their application. Please note that separate registration is required for the admissions tests.

Student Mix

The 25,905 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Most subjects include compulsory courses for the first year, and then give students the opportunity to choose options in subsequent years.

Teaching Standards

  • 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.

Research Standards

  • Oxford has more world-leading academics (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 in 12 out of 31 Units of Assessment.
  • 92% of the examples it submitted of impact its research has on the wider world was rated as outstanding or very considerable.
  • Oxford consistently has the highest research income from external sponsors of any UK university.

Academic Strengths

  • 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.

Student Facilities

  • The Careers Service offers all students a comprehensive range of CV and interview workshops, eleven fairs (attended by 60+ employers at each one), hundreds of employer presentations throughout the year, and opportunities ranging from a 20-minute 1:1 careers guidance meeting with an experienced Careers Adviser, to taking part in The Student Consultancy, Insight into Teaching, and our leading Internship Programme around the world.
  • Every college has its own library which provide core material with multiple copies of the most popular books and other key works. Most are open around the clock. There are also departmental and major research libraries including the world-famous Bodleian which can claim a copy of every book published in Britain.
  • The University is well equipped with IT facilities with most departments and colleges providing computer rooms, network access and computing support. The central Oxford University Computing Services also offer computer facilities and free training.
  • All students may use the Language Centre, which offers courses, computer-based learning and audio-visual study rooms.
  • The University has a professionally staffed confidential Student Counselling Service.

Disability Services

  • The University welcomes applications from students with disabilities, assessing applications from all students against the same academic selection criteria, and making a wide range of adjustments to facilitate access to its courses.
  • At present, there are over 1,800 students with a disability or a specific learning difficulties studying here.
  • For more information, please contact the Disability Advisory Service on 01865 280459, or visit the website at

Students' Union

  • The Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) campaigns on matters affecting students and offers a range of services, including advice and club nights.
  • Each college has its own student group which organises entertainment, provides welfare support and represents its students.


  • The University of Oxford offers access to some excellent sporting facilities, including a 25 metre swimming pool, water based artificial Hockey pitch, fully equipped Athletics stadium, fully equipped fitness gym, first class Cricket ground, hard and grass Tennis Courts, indoor sports venues including a sports hall and over 15 grass sports pitches.
  • These are predominantly, but not exclusively used by the University representative Clubs, although the swimming pool, Gym and Running track are available to all students.
  • There are 87 registered Sports Clubs covering a wide range of activities, with over 30 of the Clubs participating in the BUCS sporting programme.
  • There are additionally well over 100 annual Varsity Matches played against Cambridge including the world famous Rugby Varsity Match and the Boat Race.
  • Most Colleges either own or have access to Sports Grounds and Boat Houses, for additional opportunities for students wishing to participate in sport below University representative level.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University has recently been awarded £5m by the Higher Education Funding Council towards the provision of new chemistry teaching labs.
  • A new building for the Blavatnik School of Government is currently under construction, completion expected September 2015.
  • The Mathematical Institute, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects and constructed by Laing O'Rourke, formally opened on 3 October 2013.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Opportunities for a limited amount of paid work within college, for which you may need your tutor's permission.
  • Colleges may also offer some employment during the summer conference season.
  • The University Careers Service facilitates summer research and professional experience (e.g., internships) and work opportunities through the Oxford University Internship Programme and employer events and fairs.

Careers Guidance

Oxford University's Careers Service offers each and every student one of the most innovative careers programmes to equip students to make the most informed choice after their degree. With a strong focus on Learning and Development, any student can:
  • Have one or more 20 minute 1:1 sessions with an experienced Careers Adviser; over 5,500 sessions offered each year.
  • Apply to take part in The Student Consultancy, the Insight into Teaching, the Insight into Medicine and the Internship Programmes.
  • Attend the Springboard holistic development programme for women.
  • Meet thousands of employers at one or more of the 11 major Careers Fairs each year, and the hundreds of employer events held throughout term time.
  • Attend a careers event in their department, faculty or college.
  • Connect with alumni willing to help with advice.
  • Have exclusive access to CareerConnect - the events and vacancy system that posted over 8,000 opportunities in 2013–14.

Notable Alumni

  • 26 Nobel Prize winners including Sir John Gurdon (Medicine, 2012), V S Naipaul (Literature 2001) and Aung San Suu Kyi (Peace, 1991).
  • 26 UK Prime Ministers including David Cameron and Tony Blair.
  • At least 30 international leaders, including Bill Clinton, Benazir Bhutto, Dr Manmohan Singh.
  • Some 120 Olympic medal winners, including Matthew Pinsent and Stephanie Cook.
  • Scientists including Edmond Halley, Edwin Hubble, Dorothy Hodgkin, Stephen Hawking.
  • Poets and writers including John Donne, Oscar Wilde, Iris Murdoch, Julian Barnes, Monica Ali.
  • Actors and film-makers including Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Grant, Ken Loach.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 1865 270000
  • University of Oxford
    University Offices
    Wellington Square
    OX1 2JD
UCAS Code O33

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