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University of Oxford

Oxford | South East England

Political Creative City Collegiate Rural

Ucas code: O33

There's a reason why Oxford is the world's most famous university, and it's not because of the nice old buildings or pretty countryside. It's not even because we wrote the English dictionary. It's because you'll find here the best academics, widest range of resources and the finest cohort of fellow students anywhere in the world. Oxford students come from more than 140 countries.
Source:Oxford University Students' Union

What students say about this university

Dialog 1340 comments (323 students)
    • Academic Experience

      My course is quite academically intense. Although the work isn't that hard, there is a lot of it. Normally I would have two...

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      2013, 1st year, Biology Not Elsewhere Classified

      Academic Experience

      My course is quite academically intense. Although the work isn't that hard, there is a lot of it. Normally I would have two lectures a day, though some days I would have three. Lab sessions last for three hours, and I have had up to three sessions in a week, but some weeks you have no labs at all. Sometimes you need to write up lab reports, although this only takes a couple of hours at the most. I have two tutorials a week. Usually I am given a topic a week beforehand, and must prepare an essay which my tutor marks the day before (Though sometimes you are asked to prepare a short presentation or just an essay plan), we then discuss the topic in the tutorial. Most tutorials are an hour long, and are done in pairs, sometimes threes. Although most tutorials are with our college tutors (who are also our personal tutors), sometimes tutorials with other members of staff are arranged, to go over topics that our college tutors don't cover. At the beginning of each term we are assessed by our tutors with exam style collections. Our tutors also write brief reports on our performance each term. We have a meeting with our personal tutor each term, discussing our progress. The course covers three main areas - cells and genes, organisms, and ecology. In the first year each course is compulsory, though in the 2nd and 3rd years you have a choice of more specialised themes. The method of assessment is through practicals (which you must pass, or be penalized for marks), and written exams, as well as a second year project.

      2013, 1st year, Biology Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Accommodation

      Accommodation is very different depends on college

      2012, 2nd year, Biology

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    • Nightlife

      Many different clubs, including a gay club and one which hosts gay nights. More pubs than you can count

      2014, 2nd year, Chemistry Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The upside

      increasing academic performance, helping you to push your limits with regards to workload, develops time management skills,...

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      2016, 2nd year, Applied Molecular Biology, Biophysics & Biochemistry

      The upside

      increasing academic performance, helping you to push your limits with regards to workload, develops time management skills, great social life (especially for those who dont drink)

      2016, 2nd year, Applied Molecular Biology, Biophysics & Biochemistry

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    • The downside

      It seems pretty difficult to make friends from other colleges.

      2016, 1st year, Chemistry Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Academic Experience

      1 tutorial a week, up to 12 lectures a week content of course is varied, variety of options essays, submitted work for FHS...

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      2013, 2nd year, Human & Social Geography Not Elsewhere Classified

      Academic Experience

      1 tutorial a week, up to 12 lectures a week content of course is varied, variety of options essays, submitted work for FHS good feedback, friendly tutors department isn't brilliant but there is a well stocked library

      2013, 2nd year, Human & Social Geography Not Elsewhere Classified

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Diverse local nightlife

59%

MED

Varied union activities

55%

LOW

Sporty

73%

MED

Creative

67%

HIGH

Political

88%

HIGH

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £25k HIGH
Student score 85% HIGH

Overall student satisfaction

90%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

24,860

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

59%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

22%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

47%

of students are female

Young / Mature

20%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

32%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

34%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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