• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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    574
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.17 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.34 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.87 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    86.7 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    10.5
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    2,700
  • Facilities Spend 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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    509
  • Good Honours 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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    92.4 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    97.7 / 100.0

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 developed major research capacity in the natural and applied sciences, including medicine.

Entry 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 subject.
  • Specific A level (or equivalent) subjects may be required 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.

Teaching Methods

  • 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.
  • Formal assessment is largely through examinations. 

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

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

Student Services and Facilities

  • Every college has its own library which provide core materials, with multiple copies of the most popular books and other key works. Most are open 24/7. There are also departmental and major research libraries including the world-famous Bodleian Library, which can claim a copy of every book published in Britain.
  • The university Wi-Fi network covers most of central Oxford, including parks and pubs; and the IT learning programme offers more than 200 different free or low-cost courses each term, from fundamental skills in Microsoft Office applications through to web design, programming and multimedia.
  • 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, and makes a wide range of adjustments to facilitate access to its courses.
  • At present, there are well over 2,000 students with a disability or a specific learning difficulty studying at the university.
  • Please refer to the university website for further information.

Students' Union

  • Oxford University Students’ Union (OUSU) offers a wide range of services including advice, events, activities and campaigns to ensures students get the very best from their university experience.
  • OUSU ensures that Oxford’s 22,000-strong student community is represented, whether that is within their college or the wider university, on undergraduate or postgraduate issues.
  • Students can get involved in one of the many OUSU campaigns, broadcast their favourite tunes across the airwaves on the student radio, or raise money for charity.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • There are opportunities for a limited amount of paid work within college, for which students may need their tutor's permission.
  • Colleges may also offer some employment during the summer conference season.

Careers Guidance

  • Oxford University's Careers Service equips students to make the most informed choice after their degree, including enabling students to gain advice from alumini.
  • Services include 20-minute 1-to-1 sessions with an experienced careers adviser; CV and interview workshops; and a large number of major careers fairs held annually, as well as hundreds of term-time employer presentations and careers events within each department, faculty or college.
  • Employability and professional experience can be built through programmes including the Student Consultancy; Insight programmes on Teaching, Medicine, and Business; and microInternship and full internship programmes, which includes summer research experience.
  • Women can attend the Springboard holistic development programme.
  • The CareerConnect events and vacancy system lists thousands of opportunities each year.

Student Mix

24,858 students in 2015–16:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 59%
  • Postgraduate 41%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 78%
  • Part Time 22%

Domicile

  • UK 68%
  • EU 11%
  • Other 22%

Student gender

  • Male 53%
  • Female 47%

History

  • Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, with teaching dating back to 1096.
  • The university was granted a royal charter in 1248 during the reign of King Henry III.
  • Expansion in the 19th century saw the development of scientific and medical studies, and the first doctorates were awarded in the early part of the 20th century.

Notable Alumni

  • 26 Nobel Prize winners including Sir John Gurdon (Medicine, 2012), V S Naipaul (Literature 2001) and Aung San Suu Kyi (Peace, 1991).
  • 27 UK Prime Ministers including Theresa May 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 JBS Haldane, Dame Janet Vaughan, Dorothy Hodgkin, Stephen Hawking.
  • Poets and writers including John Donne, Oscar Wilde, Dorothy L Sayers, Iris Murdoch, Julian Barnes, Monica Ali.
  • Actors, comedians and film-makers including Felicity Jones, Armando Iannucci, Ken Loach.

Further Details

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UCAS Code O33