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The University of Oxford 4.3 / 307 reviews
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The content was very traditional, as is expected in Oxford. They still have Roman Law, which although seems outdated, it comes in very handy when studying modules like land law and personal property law as much of the English law is very much taken from the Roman Law.

The course is very intense as the terms at Oxford are so short, it's usually around 3 essays every 2 weeks or 2 essays a week depending on the term. This makes it very difficult to read everything in depth, however it does teach you how to prioritise your reading so you read the most important parts first and then if you have time left over you can read the extra bits.

Assessment is very intense too as we have 3 exams in our first year, 1 4000 word essay in the summer after our 2nd year and 9 exams at the end of our 3rd year. I didn't really see the point of such a difficult system because Cambridge has exams every year and they do just fine. The final exams in 3rd year are especially arduous.

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Very enjoyable course, but understandably a lot of work. First three years very science focused with little clinical experience - if this is up your street it's great, less so if you're looking for a more patient centred approach.

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The English course is structured cronologically for your final exams so that you cover lit from 1350 to 1830. Its completely up to you which writers you choose to look at but there is an emphasis on English lit rather than that from any other countries (although you can in theory choose to study books in translation for a third of your course). The work load means you always feel swamped by how much you have to read and write with limited time to go into massive detail apart from on coursework which makes up half of the final degree. For the coursework papers you can choose what to write about - I did film for one of mine which was really cool. There were four final exams which covered the 500 years of lit, so it didn't really feel like the ideal way of assessing that much work. I really enjoyed discovering new writers and periods but there were definitely moments when I felt like there was too much to do and not enough time.

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I very much enjoyed my degree. It is engaging and thought provoking with material that is challenging but not necessarily overly so. it requires consistent effort and hard work but the tutorial system at Oxford is excellent in helping you reach your potential - on the whole.

There is significant variation in the resources that various colleges have access to - funds, for example - and this affects the learning experience more than you would think when applying, which is a little bit disconcerting.

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The teaching was excellent, with a wide range of experts not just from my own college, but across the whole university at hand. The course was also incredibly flexible, with lectures being non-mandatory, allowing for the full use of our time. The assessment was fair, with a good balance between coursework, research, and examinations.

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PPE at Oxford is a very peculiar and famous, or notorious, course. In your first year, every students studies a general introduction to all three subjects and ends with Preliminary exams. In the following three years, each student can choose whether to specialise on 2 of the 3 subjects or (though more rare) to continue with all three. This course is particularly suitable to people with a general interest in social sciences but unclear ideas of what to do with the rest of their lives, rather than someone who already know they want to become, e.g., economists.

It is taught according to the Oxford humanities system: very few lectures, a couple of tutorials per week, 8 weeks per term. A lot of individual study to prepare essays (or problem sheets for some part of econ) that will be discussed with tutors.There is a lot of emphasis on critical and personal approach that the student is supposed to put forward, as opposed to passive receiving of knowledge. This may be even excessive and verges on rewarding intellectual arrogance on part of the students.

Philosophy is mostly classic analytic philosophy, economics tends to be somewhat less mathematical and formal than in most places (though there are technical options one can take).

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Overall a thorough theoretical course, but a lack of any depth in the practical course. More lab reports would be required to make this a good undergraduate degree, but the fourth year will hopefully make up for this.

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The teaching quality can vary a bit but the freedom of choice within the field of Mathematics and that of Statistics is unrivaled in all over the UK, even Cambridge does not offer as many fields and branches as we do.

Although the amount of work can be high at times - multiple projects and problem sheets for each class/tutorial, the effort put into allowing interested students is unparalleled and we have access to very able tutors often pioneers/experts in their field of research.

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Classics at Oxford is amazing: the course lasts four years and is divided into two two-year sections. There is a lot of work on primary texts, so your language work has to be very good. Support of teaching staff is excellent and you have access to archives, world-class libraries and museums for perusal. You are ultimately assessed on your final exams after four years, but do very regular internal exams. It's really fun :)

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The content was broad and up-to-date but the high amount of self-reading required encouraged seclusion rather than cooperation between students, so while the diversity of student societies within the Univeristy was a plus, communication between coursemates was nonexistent. Hence, the course encouraged more fact acquisition than exchange of ideas.

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