Oxford University

The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university situated in Oxford, England.The leading Natural and Physical Sciences Departments of the Oxford University are:

  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Earth Sciences
  • Life Sciences Interface Doctoral Training Centre

Interview Preparation

The interviews would be conducted by experts or tutors involved with the course of study or degree that you’ve applied for. You might as well be interviewed by two tutors at the same time if you have applied for joint courses. In case you are applying for joint honors courses you would be interviewed separately for each of the courses.

The interviewers at Oxford are clearly interested in finding out about your academic potential beyond your test scores. Be prepared to convey your understanding of and aptitude for the subject. The interviewers base their decisions based on your academic potential and commitment and not on your background, appearance or etiquette.

Go through your personal statement thoroughly as it would act as an initial springboard at the interview. An interview for a science course would include discussion on your chosen course of study. The questions would be primarily based on what you have studied at your high school. But please make sure that you’re able to demonstrate knowledge beyond texts. Reading “around” your subject is important. It would help you gain a better understanding of your subject thereby honing your aptitude for the same. In short, try and establish that you are decently well-read in your course of study and have gone beyond your syllabus.

The interviewers who might be your future tutors would be particularly looking at your ability to think, learn and understand your subject. You need to listen to their questions carefully in order to answer them. Remember they’re looking for well-constructed arguments in order to judge your understanding of the course. At times, you might as well be asked questions that simply have no “right” or “wrong” answers. But they are simply asked so that you’re able to develop an argument on the same. Don’t worry even if you get wrong initially, as the interviewers themselves would guide you.

For the science courses, do expect to study things like diagrams and comment on the same, describe something like a living cactus in detail etc.

Please remember that the interviewers are not looking forward to intimidate you with their “trick” questions or else to test your “specialist knowledge” on the subject.

Your extracurricular activities would not really play a big role in influencing decisions, though you might be asked a question or two at the beginning. Besides the interview, your personal statement, exam results, predicted grades, admission tests (if any) and academic reference would be considered

Interview Questions

  1. Is it easier for organisms to live in water or land?
  2. Why do a cat's eyes "glow" in the dark?
  3. See this cactus and tell me all that you know about it.
  4.  Why do you want to join Oxford?
  5. Can you describe a living cactus?

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