There is evidence of teaching in Oxford from 1096, which makes the University of Oxford the oldest university in the English speaking world. From 1167 onwards the university grew when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. Disputes between students and Oxford townspeople in 1209 led to some academics leaving to establish a university at Cambridge. These two universities are frequently jointly referred to as “Oxbridge”.
The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university.The university is made up from a variety of institutions, including 38 colleges and a full range of academic departments which are organised into four divisions: Humanities; Mathematical, Physical & Life Sciences; Medical Sciences and Social Sciences.The University of Oxford operates the largest university press in the world and the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. Twenty six British Prime Ministers were educated at Oxford, including William Gladstone, Clement Attlee and most recently, David Cameron.
The University of Oxford is a city university with colleges and other buildings and facilities spread throughout the town. Oxford is a very compact city and the majority of colleges are within walking distance of the city centre.
Each college has its own student union and many students socialise within their own college and have lectures in their own college buildings too.
The main sports complex at Iffley road is about 1.5 miles from the city centre. There is a cycle track to the complex and regular buses also run between the 2 locations. There is also a Student Union Safety Bus available for students who cannot afford or are not able to make their own way home at night.
University of Oxford is ranked 1st in the Times Higher Education rankings and is ranked 7th in the Shanghai Jaio Tong rankings. Oxford is a member of the Russell Group of universities.
University of Oxford is ranked =20th in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.
There are approximately 8,100 international students at Oxford from more than 140 countries, representing about 39% of all students.
There are a total of just over 21,000 students studying at Oxford, 11,222 undergraduates and 9,850 postgraduates.
91.4% of Oxford’s graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months of graduation (source:HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
The University of Oxford has more than 200 societies for students to join including Brass Band; Archeology; Gregorian Chant; Juggling; Photographic and the renowned Oxford Union Debating Society.
Dedicated sports facilities include the Rosenblatt Swimming Pool, the Sir Roger Bannister Running Track and the Marston Road venue which gives priority to women’s sport. A further facility, the Iffley Road Sports Centre, is currently under an extensive refurbishment programme. Sports include football, cricket, rowing, badminton, tennis, swimming, martial arts and fitness classes.
All undergraduate students receive a room at their college for their first year and one other year of their course.
The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £119.04 per week. There is no catered university accommodation.
International undergraduate tuition fee examples – BA or BSc:
Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £16,230 for most Arts & Humanities subjects and rise to £23,885 for most Science and Engineering courses.
(The costs shown do not include the £7,570 annual college payment applicable to all international students on all courses).
REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
- Anthropology and Development Studies
- Area Studies
- Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
- Biological Sciences
- Business and Management Studies
- Clinical Medicine
- Computer Science and Informatics
- Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
- Economics and Econometrics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials
- English Language and Literature
- General Engineering
- Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology
- Mathematical Sciences
- Modern Languages and Linguistics
- Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts
- Politics and International Studies
- Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
- Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care
- Social Work and Social Policy and Administration
- Theology, Religious Studies
The University of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education offers more than 90 distance and online courses across a wide range of subjects from Archaeology to Law, some of which lead to University qualifications.
Separately, the Department of Education, part of the Social Science Division, runs a distance-learning MSc in Teaching English Language in University Settings.
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