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Undergraduate Prospectus 2013 - 2014

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Welcome to Christ Church

Christ Church is one of the 30 undergraduate colleges of the University of Oxford. It is situated in the heart of the city of Oxford, close to the main University facilities and adjacent to Christ Church Meadow and the Isis and Cherwell Rivers.

Christ Church was founded in 1525 by Cardinal Wolsey as Cardinal College. Wolsey fell from power before his ambitious grand plan was completed, and Henry VIII refounded the college as Christ Church in 1546. The Cardinal’s red hat, which is preserved in the Christ Church Library, is still used in the college crest, while a full-length portrait of Henry VIII now hangs in the Hall.

Over the years Christ Church has had many distinguished students, tutors, and visiting academics. These include the philosopher John Locke, the physicists Robert Hooke and Albert Einstein, the poets Philip Sidney and W.H. Auden, the broadcaster David Dimbleby, the screenwriter and founder of Comic Relief Richard Curtis, and thirteen British prime ministers. Charles Dodgson, who under the pen name Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland, was a maths tutor at Christ Church and Alice was the real-life daughter of the then Dean of the College. Christ Church’s most famous landmark, Tom Tower, was designed by Christopher Wren, who was also the architect of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

But Christ Church is not only famous for its illustrious history. Today, the College continues to attract talented students from many different backgrounds and with a wide range of interests, both academic and extra-curricular. By combining a friendly and inclusive environment with an ongoing tradition of academic excellence, Christ Church’s future looks just as bright as its past.

Academic Life - Studying at Christ Church

Christ Church offers an intensive academic experience within a supportive, collegial environment. The College brings together people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures, all of whom share a common enthusiasm for the study of their subject.

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At Oxford, students are taught in university-wide lectures, small-group classes, and labs or practicals. These forms of teaching are underpinned by regular, college-based meetings known as tutorials. Tutorials are held once or twice a week with your tutor and at most one or two other students. These meetings are the focal point for teaching and learning at Oxford, and provide an opportunity for you to engage critically with your week’s study through debate and discussion with your tutor.

Thanks to the tutorial system, students receive individual and highly personalised attention from a tutor who is actively involved in research and who is often a leading expert in his or her field. Tutorials are not a passive form of learning, but instead depend on active participation from both sides. You are expected to be prepared to discuss your thoughts and ideas with your tutor, who in turn offers suggestions, encouragement, and constructive criticism to help you extend and deepen your understanding of the topic. Through regular tutorials, you will learn to think independently and critically, will never be content with a merely superficial understanding of a subject, and will discover how to form, express and, when necessary, revise or defend your own views.

A significant proportion of your working week is spent preparing for tutorials. The form this preparation takes depends on the subject. You may be asked to write an essay, answer a group of focused questions, or complete a set of problem sheets. All tutorial teaching is integrated with lectures, classes, and practicals. Typically, scientists spend a significant amount of time in the lab, whilst students in the humanities and social sciences tend to spend more time working independently in college or faculty libraries.

Academic Life - Studying at Christ Church

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Though you are given individual feedback on the work you produce for your tutorials, this work does not count towards your final degree classification. Instead, tutorials are designed to promote learning free from the pressures of formal marking. Formal assessment is primarily done through exams, most of which are taken at the end of the final year of study. There are often opportunities for research projects and extended essays, which are then marked as part of the final degree classification.

Overseeing your studies at Christ Church is a personal tutor, normally a tutor in your subject. It is your personal tutor who checks that academic arrangements are in place and working well, guides you in the choice of optional subjects, and arranges tutorial teaching. Your personal tutor is also the person you can turn to for help with everything from navigating library and lab resources at Oxford to where to obtain advice about possible future careers.

A wide range of courses is available at Oxford, the vast majority of which are offered at Christ Church. All our courses initially provide a broad foundation in the subject before allowing scope for specialisation in the later years of study. The course content and structure do not vary from college to college, nor do the exams. The courses on offer at Oxford are academic and theoretical, and do not ‘train’ you for a particular job. Our degrees nevertheless prepare you for many different kinds of careers. Learning through the tutorial system is a process that broadens your outlook, nurtures your independence of thought, and develops tolerance and understanding of other points of view, all skills highly valued by employers.

"I have always felt safe in the knowledge that if I had a problem, my tutors would help me."

Academic Life - Studying at Christ Church

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Graduate Studies

Graduate students play an important role in the life of Christ Church. At any one time, we have around 260 students studying for higher degrees and diplomas, about half of whom are from overseas. Details of graduate programmes can be found in the University of Oxford Graduate Studies Prospectus, which is available online at: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/postgraduate. Further information about graduate studies at Christ Church is available from our Tutor for Graduates at: tutor.graduates@chch.ox.ac.uk

Scholarships, Awards and Financial Assistance

As is the case at all Oxford colleges, no awards are offered on entry to Christ Church, apart from Organ and Choral Scholarships. All undergraduates are considered for a variety of scholarships and other awards on academic grounds for their second and subsequent years. Organ Scholarships and Academical Clerkships (Choral Scholarships) are awarded in most years. Organ Scholars are expected to study music; Academical Clerks may study any subject (For more information on Choral Scholarships, see: http://www.chchchoir.org). In addition, Instrumental Awards are offered to undergraduates in recognition of their contribution to the musical life of the College.

We are aware that the issue of student finance is a growing concern and possible barrier to access. We offer generous financial support to students who need it, in the form of bursaries, grants (for books, travel, and vacation residence), and interest-free loans, meaning that no student with the ability and potential to study at Oxford should be deterred from making an application to us based on financial grounds. Further details can be found by clicking on the Financial Support tab.

Library

The College boasts some excellent resources to help its students with their academic work. The spacious Christ Church Library houses a collection of well over 160,000 books, including many of the core texts required for taught courses, in addition to numerous early printed books and manuscripts used by researchers. It is generally regarded as the largest and best-resourced library in Oxford outside the world famous University library, the Bodleian. There is also a separate Law Library with a valuable collection of legal works, which is open 24 hours a day.

"Oak panelling and dreaming spires aside, Christ Church has a really friendly atmosphere which make studying here not only rewarding, but lots of fun too!"

Academic Life - Studying at Christ Church

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Computer Facilities

The College’s two well-equipped computer rooms are available for use by all students. The terminals are fully networked, giving students access to email and the internet, as well as offering a full software package, including word processing, presentation tools, and teaching software such as that used for logic tuition. All student accommodation at Christ Church has access to the college's wifi network, which allows students with their own laptops to access the internet from their rooms free of charge. Many other areas of the college also have wifi, including the Library and Junior Common Room (JCR).

Picture Gallery

Christ Church is fortunate in having an important collection of Old Master paintings and drawings housed in our own Picture Gallery. It includes works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rubens, Van Dyck, and the Carracci. There are also frequent special exhibitions of both historical and contemporary art, including undergraduates’ work. The Picture Gallery is a convenient and invaluable resource to students of Fine Art, History of Art, and related disciplines, as well as those who simply enjoy the visual arts in general.

Art Room

We are fortunate in having an Art Room and Art Tutor available to all students, whatever subject they may be studying. The Art Room is very popular and enjoyed by a wide cross-section of the College’s members. It is equipped with basic artists’ needs (materials are for sale) and lots of space in which to work. The Art Tutor (who also looks after our Fine Art students) offers afternoon and evening classes such as life drawing and printmaking, as well as friendly, informal advice, and organises visits, discussions, and video displays. Resident artists are also invited, and the Art Room is used for displays of work and exhibitions.

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College Life - Living at Christ Church

Students from many different backgrounds and with a very wide range of interests come to study at Christ Church. With over 400 undergraduates, 260 graduate students, and 100 teaching and research staff, we are one of the larger Oxford colleges and offer places for the majority of undergraduate courses available at the University. As such, our students form part of a diverse, vibrant, and very active academic and social community.

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Accommodation

All undergraduate students can live in college rooms throughout their time at Christ Church. Although our buildings have been built over many centuries, rooms have been modernised and offer spacious, comfortable accommodation. First-year rooms are allocated; in subsequent years, rooms are chosen by ballot. Most accommodation is found on the main college site. Rooms vary from traditional Oxford ‘sets’ (one or two bedrooms and a sitting room or study) to modern single study-bedrooms. All have a bed, wardrobe, desk, armchairs, wash hand-basin, and shaver point. Some have an en-suite shower and toilet; for the rest, bathrooms, showers, and toilets are abundant and conveniently located. A fridge is provided in each room, and students may bring a kettle and toaster.

About 60 undergraduates live in the modern Liddell Building, shared with another college and just a short walk or bike ride away. This building consists of three and four bedroom flats with their own kitchens. It is popular with final-year students wanting a more independent lifestyle as they approach their examinations.

One flat in the Liddell Building is equipped for up to three disabled residents, and single rooms for disabled students are available on the main site.

College Life - Living at Christ Church

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Meals

Although there are no self-catering facilities on the main site where the majority of undergraduates live, most students enjoy eating together in Hall.

Self-service breakfast and lunch are available every weekday with brunch on Saturday and Sunday. There are two dinner sittings each evening in Hall – informal at 6.20pm and formal at 7.20pm when academic gowns are worn and tutors attend. Breakfast, lunch, and brunch are on a pay-as-you-eat basis; dinner is charged to termly accounts. Students are welcome to bring one or two guests.

There is a good selection of tasty food at reasonable prices, including a range of vegetarian options. Special diets can also be catered for.

Support and Welfare

We recognise that there may be times when life at university becomes stressful, and so have in place a network of college welfare representatives, comprising fully-trained staff and students, who are available to listen and help with anxieties or problems. The College Chaplain will also lend a sympathetic and confidential ear, whether you are a church-goer or not. The Chaplain makes it a priority to get to know as many members of Christ Church as possible, helping them to adapt to university life. The Chaplain is available daily in College and lives nearby in order to be accessible to students whenever they might need to have a chat.

The University also runs a counselling service which Christ Church members may take advantage of if they wish. OUSU (Oxford University Student Union) is among other organisations offering various kinds of support services to undergraduates. We have a college nurse who holds a surgery on weekday mornings and can be contacted at other times. The college doctors provide medical care under the National Health Service. There is also a college dentist who can offer emergency treatment.

"Dance, sing, act, get into student politics, paint - and if a society doesn't already exist, create it."

College Life - Living at Christ Church

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Social Life

Christ Church offers clubs, societies, and activities to satisfy and develop a wide range of interests. The college students’ union, known as the ‘Junior Common Room’ or JCR, coordinates social events and generally looks after the well-being of undergraduates.

The common room is furnished with table tennis and pool tables, and next door there is a widescreen TV with satellite channels and a DVD player. A number of subject-specific societies arrange dinners, speakers, and discussions. Discos are held regularly, and other events include band nights (to which you can bring your own band!), quiz nights, trips out, and activities that raise money for charity. The centre for many of these events is the college bar, the Undercroft, which is open from 7pm to 11pm every night.

In addition to the extra-curricular opportunities available at Christ Church, all students are eligible to join any of the more than 300 University societies.

Sport

The Christ Church sports ground is among the best in the University with excellent pitches and a friendly bar. It is a short distance from the College on Iffley Road. Many different sports are catered for: badminton, basketball, cricket, cross-country, football, hockey, netball, pool, rowing, rugby, squash, table football, and tennis are only some of the options available to all students. Everyone is welcome to participate at a level that suits his or her abilities. There are various intercollegiate competitions, but it is possible to get involved even if you are more enthusiastic and willing than highly skilled or experienced.

"One of the best attractions of Christ Church as an undergraduate is the environment: you meet such a diverse range of people that any worries about stereotypes are soon dispelled."

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Music

Music plays a large part in the life of the College and is enjoyed on many different levels. In addition to the Cathedral Choir, there is also a more relaxed College Choir, open to both women and men. Concerts are given regularly in the Cathedral by a wide variety of performers from within the College and beyond, ranging from small chamber groups to full orchestras. The Music Society organises an extremely successful annual Music Festival. Those with more contemporary interests are invited to showcase their talents at the termly ‘open mic’ night. There is also a Music Room which all undergraduates are able to use. It is equipped with one of the College’s fine Steinway grand pianos.

Drama

Christ Church undergraduates have a long tradition of writing, acting, and producing, both within the College and in productions organised through University theatrical societies. First-time actors, directors, and playwrights, as well as more experienced theatrehands will find many opportunities to become actively involved in drama during their time at Christ Church.

Working in the Community

Whilst enjoying all that is on offer at Christ Church and the University, many students also get involved in helping people in the wider community. They can be found caring for Oxford’s homeless, visiting immigration detainees, and helping in local schools or drama projects. Most popular of all is our Home Learning Scheme, which links Christ Church students to local families with children whom they visit weekly to act as mentors and help with their learning.

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Choosing a Course - Subject Information

The most important choice you will have to make is that of the degree course you wish to study for the next three or four years. Choosing the course which best suits your academic strengths, interests, and learning style is key to ensuring your university experience is a successful and fulfilling one.

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A wide range of courses is available at Oxford, the vast majority of which are offered at Christ Church. All our courses are theoretical and challenging, initially providing a broad foundation in the subject area before allowing scope for specialization in the later years of study. The course content and structure do not vary from college to college, nor do the exams.

In the following pages our tutors provide you with an insight into their subjects, together with a guide to the number of places available each year. The standard offer for all subjects is the same across all colleges: between AAA and A*A*A at A-level (depending on the subject applied for), 38-40 in the International Baccalaureate, or the equivalent high level of achievement in other suitable qualifications. You may be expected to have studied particular subjects at school or college to be eligible to apply for certain subjects, or may be required to submit written work or sit a written test as part of the process. Details of all such requirements are available on the University’s admissions pages: www.admissions.ox.ac.uk.

Biochemistry

Biochemistry

Biochemists seek to understand and explain the molecular basis of cell function. If you want to understand the implications of the human genome project on modern medicine, understand how nerve impulses are generated and sustained, or how errors in DNA replication and repair lead to cancer, then this is the subject for you. Biochemistry necessarily encompasses a broad swath of modern bioscience, from genetics, cell and developmental biology all the way through to structural biology, protein biochemistry and computational bioinformatics.

The Oxford course provides you with a broad and comprehensive training in all aspects of Biochemistry. A key component of the Oxford course is the direct exposure to cutting edge research in the final year, working in the research laboratories of the Biochemistry Department. The Biochemistry Department is one of the largest in the world with about 400 research staff members and some 350 undergraduate members. It is the highest ranked Biochemistry Department in the UK, with 75% of the returned researchers rated as world-leaders in their field.

Why Christ Church? We have an excellent team of teachers/researchers covering complementary aspects of the Biochemistry syllabus, including cellular metabolism, protein chemistry, membrane transport and structural biology. The library facilities in Christ Church are excellent, with the latest texts in the subject updated on a yearly basis. As one of the larger Oxford colleges, Christ Church offers its students a unique and stimulating academic environment, where you will have the chance to meet people from a wide range of backgrounds and studying a variety of subjects.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: C700 Prof. Simon Newstead 3
Duration of course: 4 Years Dr Kathryn Scott
Degree Awarded: MBiochem

A-levels: A*AA with A* in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Biology, or a closely related subject.

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 39 (incl. core points), with 7 in HL Chemistry and 6 in two other relevant subjects.

Candidates are expected to have Chemistry to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent, plus another science or Mathematics.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
101 83.9% 28.0%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

26 and 27 June 2013

20 Sept 2013

Faculty Website

www.bioch.ox.ac.uk

Faculty contact

admissions@bioch.ox.ac.uk

Tutors

Prof. Simon Newstead

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Dr Kathryn Scott

Biological Science

Biological Science

Biology students at Oxford are encouraged to ask questions about the living world at all levels of organization from the molecular and cellular, through the whole organism, to populations. How do animals and plants work, how do they develop and how did they evolve? Many such questions are of immediate relevance to infectious and inherited diseases, environmental issues, food production and the organization of animal and human societies. In addition to lectures, practical classes and field work, individual teaching and research projects are arranged with specialists in each field to complement the expertise of Christ Church’s biologists. Kayla King is a parasite biologist, and Stephen Harris is an expert in the genetics of plant conservation. A new course structure started in 2009, designed to give even greater flexibility than previously, allowing all combinations of topics according to personal interests and choices. Courses taken by everyone include the broad first-year course (cells & genes, whole organisms from microbes to vertebrates, and population ecology) and two second-year courses, one in evolution and the other in quantitative methods. In the second and third years there is increasing opportunity to specialize in topics of particular interest, with teaching and new ideas provided by active research scientists across the myriad divisions of biology.

The College has a long and strong research history in the biological sciences going back to Joseph Banks (the botanist explorer who accompanied Cook to New Zealand).

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: C100 Dr Stephen Harris 5 - 6
Duration of course: 3 years Prof. Kayla King
Degree awarded: BA

A-levels: A*AA with the A* in a science or Mathematics.

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38–40 including core points

Or any other equivalent.

Candidates are expected to have Biology (or Human Biology) to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB (7 points in Biology), or another equivalent.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
108 80.3% 32.8%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

26 and 27 June 2013

20 Sept 2013

Tutors

Dr Stephen Harris

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Prof. Kayla King

Chemistry

Chemistry

Chemistry is probably the science with the greatest impact on mankind. Chemists study topics ranging from renewable energy sources to nanotechnology, drug therapeutics, advanced materials and molecular biology. In a nutshell, life and its quality depend on chemistry and chemists.

The course may be tough, but the intellectual stimulus is enormous, and the rewards are great (in recent years typically 80% or more of any given year have finished with First Class Honours). Many of our graduates go on to do research leading to a doctorate, but others find careers in many diverse areas, such as industry, commerce, or teaching, where the value of the academic discipline of the course has long been recognised.

Oxford’s Department of Chemistry is the largest in the world, and one of the most distinguished (with the number 1 “power rating” in the UK). It received the highest possible 5* rating in the recent Research Assessment Exercise, and an ‘excellent’ grading following a Teaching Quality Audit. Christ Church itself has a particularly long and distinguished record in science in general, and chemistry in particular, and it is a wonderful place to study the subject.

The tutors are brilliant (and friendly), and the undergraduates are friendly (and sometimes brilliant). The college is only a short walk from the department and Christ Church has permanent tutors in all three disciplines of the subject. The present tutors have interests ranging from Nanotechnology, Bio and Chemical Sensors, Self-Assembly and Interfacial Chemistry, and from Molecular Machines to Tumour Targeting. Christ Church chemists, undergraduates, graduates, and tutors, are unusually supportive of each other, and enjoy an intensely stimulating social and intellectual life.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: F100 Prof. Dirk Aarts 6 - 7
Duration of course: 4 Years Prof. Jason Davis
Degree awarded: MChem Dr Martin Grossel
Dr Sam Thompson

A-levels: A*AA with the A* in a science or Mathematics.

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 39 points (incl. core points), with 7 in HL Chemistry and 6 or 7 in HL Mathematics. If Mathematics is taken at Standard Level, 7 is required and a second science will be required at Higher Level.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
181 95.4% 36.8%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

26 and 27 June 2013 27

20 Sept 2013

Faculty Website

www.chem.ox.ac.uk

Faculty contact

admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk

Tutors

Prof. Dirk Aarts

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Prof. Jason Davis

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (CAAH)

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (CAAH)

CAAH offers you the opportunity to study the history, archaeology and art of societies and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean. The course lasts three years and involves work both in university classes led by an archaeologist and historian, and in tutorials. An integrated approach is encouraged from the start.

You can read papers in a very wide range of subjects from ‘Homeric Archaeology’ to ‘The Formation of the Islamic World’, and including ‘Thucydides and the West’, ‘Tacitus and Tiberius’, and ‘Egyptian Art and Architecture’ to name only a few. In the first year two core papers focusing on key periods from Greek and Roman history and archaeology are read alongside two special subjects; in the last two years of the degree there is even more scope to choose papers reflecting your interests. Fieldwork is required in the first long vacation, and one Finals paper is a report on a site or object(s) in a museum. There are also opportunities to learn Latin and/or Greek, although this is not a requirement.

Christ Church has excellent library resources, a large number of tutors and undergraduates in both Classics and history, and offers a friendly and supportive environment in which to pursue your interest in texts and monuments from the Classical world. Christ Church graduates in CAAH have gone on to do postgraduate work in classical archaeology, in ancient history and in practical archaeology, and to jobs in heritage consultancy, teaching, banking, and accountancy.

For related joint schools that combine aspects of the present course with those of another course, see the listings under 'Joint Schools' on the left-hand menu bar.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: VV14 Dr Anna Clark 1 - 2
Duration of course: 3 Years Prof. Martin Goodman
Degree awarded: BA Dr John Ma
Prof. Dirk Obbink
Prof. Richard Rutherford

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects.

A classical language, Classical Civilisation or Ancient History can be helpful to students in completing this course, although they are not required for admission.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
17 87.1% 27.1%

University Open Days

26 and 27 June 2013

20 Sept 2013

Faculty Open Day

15 March 2013

Faculty Website

www.classics.ox.ac.uk

Faculty contact

reception@classics.ox.ac.uk

Tutors

Dr Anna Clark

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Prof. Martin Goodman

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Prof. Richard Rutherford

Classics

Classics

Classics is the study of the literature, languages, history, philosophy, and art of ancient Greece and Rome. The Oxford course lasts four years, and spans authors and periods from the Greek ‘dark ages’ to the period when the Roman empire dominated the Mediterranean – almost a millennium. The course has great scope but immense diversity: you can read plays by Sophocles or private letters of Cicero, study Alexander’s conquests or the social context of Christianity, learn what Plato thought and why Aristotle disagreed with him – and much else. The first part of the course focuses on languages and literature, but in the second half you choose from a large and varied menu, and you can emphasize the side of the subject that interests you most.

Christ Church is a major Classics college, taking around seven students a year; the library resources are outstanding; there is an unusually large number of tutors specialising in different areas of Classics; the academic standards are high, and so are levels of support. The classicists in College are a friendly, lively community who often discuss their work outside tutorials.

Recent graduates have become teachers, or have done post-graduate research in Classics, but others have gone on to careers in the City, publishing, advertising, computing, media, law, journalism, the Civil Service, and the Foreign Office. This reflects the diversity of the subject and the skills we aim to cultivate.

For related joint schools that combine aspects of the present course with those of another course, see the listings under 'Joint Schools' on the left-hand menu bar.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
UCAS Course Code (Classics I): Q800 Dr Anna Clark 6 - 7
UCAS Course Code (Classics II): Q810 Prof. Martin Goodman
Duration of course: 4 years Prof. Lindsay Judson
Degree awarded: BA Prof. Dirk Obbink
Prof. Richard Rutherford
Prof. Joseph Schear

A-levels: AAA with As in Latin and Greek, if taken.

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB, with As in Latin and Greek, if taken.

IB: 38 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects.

For Course I, candidates should normally have Latin and/or Greek to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. Candidates with no experience (or more limited experience) of studying these languages should apply for Course II.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
126 96.3% 40.5%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

26 and 27 June 2013

20 Sept 2013

Faculty Website

www.classics.ox.ac.uk

Faculty contact

enquiries@classics.ox.ac.uk

Tutors

Dr Anna Clark

Tutors

Prof. Lindsay Judson

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Prof. Dirk Obbink

Tutors

Prof. Richard Rutherford

Economics and Management

Economics and Management

If you want to learn both to think about the world and to operate effectively in it, Economics and Management is the degree for you – with a cocktail of conceptual and analytical rigour (economics) and ‘real world’ practical content allied to theory (management). If you are interested in how the economy and business works, and how people behave within businesses, then this is the degree for you. Come to Christ Church on an open day and find out.

Economics and Management graduates find placement on the one side as industrial managers, management consultants, chartered accountants, investment bankers or entrepreneurs, and on the other side as professional and academic economists, journalists, lawyers, and civil servants. No wonder, then, that, while this degree is much younger than you are, it is a very successful one. And as one of three students tutored by experts in management and economics you can't fail to have a rich educational experience.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: LN12 Prof. Richard Barker 3
Duration of course: 3 years Prof. Beata Javorcik
Degree awarded: BA Dr Jacinta Pires

A-levels: A*AA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38–40 including core points

Or any other equivalent.

Candidates are required to have Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB, or another equivalent.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
94 29.3% 9.0%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

26 and 27 June 2013

20 Sept 2013

Tutors

Prof Richard Barker

Tutors

Prof. Beata Javorcik

Tutors

Dr Jacinta Pires

Engineering

Engineering

Engineering is an interesting, challenging, and creative discipline which is important in a modern technological society and is key to a sustainable future in the 21st century. If you enjoy mathematics and physics and have some interest in technology or how things work, then engineering may well be the course for you. The Department of Engineering Science at Oxford has an established reputation as one of the top engineering departments in the UK, and provides a challenging and stimulating undergraduate education. The Oxford engineering course does not require immediate specialization, so you can explore the range of subjects available before deciding where your interests lie. Christ Church is a short walk from the department and admits six engineers each year (about average for an Oxford college).

The engineering course is four years long and leads to the M.Eng. degree, which is accredited by the appropriate engineering institutions. If you are accepted to read engineering, much of your time will be spent in the engineering department attending lectures and taking part in practical and project work. However Christ Church will also play an important role during your time at Oxford, both academically and socially. The College provides small group tutorials for the first two and a half years of the course, after which all colleges use larger departmentally-organised classes. Christ Church has three engineering tutors: Prof. David Nowell and Dr Malcolm McCulloch are both professional engineers with practical industrial experience, and who hold University Lectureships in the department. David teaches civil and mechanical engineering, and Malcolm covers electrical engineering. A college lecturer teaches thermodynamics and fluid mechanics for Christ Church. The tutors’ research interests include structural integrity, electrical power, and sustainability.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Duration of course: 4 Years Dr Olga Barrera 6
Degree awarded: MEng Mr Alex Lunt
Prof. Malcolm McCulloch
Prof. David Nowell
Dr. Richard Willden

A-levels: A*AA. The standard offer will be A*AA to include Mathematics and Physics. The A* must be obtained in Mathematics, Physics or Further Mathematics.

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38-40 including core points

Or any other equivalent.

Candidates are expected to have Physics and Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. Inclusion of Mathematics Mechanics modules is highly recommended. Further Mathematics can be helpful to students in completing this course, although it is not required for admission. Details of the requirements for other qualifications, including the Advanced Diploma in Engineering, can be found at www.eng.ox.ac.uk

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
156 65.9% 26.6%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

26 and 27 June 2013

20 Sept 2013

Faculty Website

www.eng.ox.ac.uk

Faculty contact

deputy.administrator@eng.ox.ac.uk

Tutors

Prof. Malcolm McCulloch

Tutors

Prof. David Nowell

English

English

Studying English at Oxford involves both broad and intensive reading of authors from the medieval period to the present day, and at Christ Church we approach the literature of the past in the light of committed and expanding critical engagement and enjoyment. This means that your experience of getting to grips with all the major periods of literature will be both historically informed and critically reflective.

Christ Church’s three English tutors are all known for their range of expertise: Peter McDonald is a poet and critic who has published on twentieth- and nineteenth-century poetry, and who has a particular interest in Anglo-Irish literature; Mishtooni Bose is a specialist in the Medieval period, with particular interests in poetry, controversial writing, and theological debate; Dr. Anna Camilleri, the Career Development Fellow in English, is an expert in English of the Romantic period, and teaches English literature from 1740 to the present day.

Tutorials at Christ Church give students the opportunity to push themselves into adventurous and rewarding lines of critical thought, and cover all the most important authors in the different periods. Our students combine a love of reading and learning with the willingness to think hard about the ways and means of particular works and the whys and wherefores of literary history and argument. Graduates from Christ Church go into many different careers, including business, journalism, law, the media, and teaching and further academic study.

For related joint schools that combine aspects of the present course with those of another course, see the listings under 'Joint Schools' on the left-hand menu bar.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course code: Q300 Dr Kate Bennett 10
Durations of course 3 years Prof. Mishtooni Bose
Degree awarded BA Dr Anna Camilleri
Prof. Peter McDonald

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects including English Literature or English Language and Literature.

Or any other equivalent (see details of international qualifications)

A language or History can be helpful to students in completing this course, although it is not required for admission.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
245 63.3% 20.3%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

26 and 27 June 2013

20 Sept 2013

Tutors

Dr Kate Bennett

Tutors

Prof. Mishtooni Bose

Tutors

Prof. Peter McDonald

Experimental Psychology

Experimental Psychology

Why study psychology? Because it provides scientific answers to basic questions about how people act, react, and interact. If you have ever wondered about the causes of people’s thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and behaviour, psychology can help to clarify these issues. For example, developmental psychology addresses questions concerning how children’s psychological capacities develop as they grow; social psychology considers how people are influenced by each other; cognitive psychology investigates how people process and remember information; neuropsychology analyses relations between the operation of the nervous system and human behaviour; and clinical psychology studies mental disorders of various kinds. Psychological research can also help to solve real world practical problems, and has provided answers to such questions as:

  • What work-shifts for air traffic controllers minimize the risk of air accidents?
  • What kinds of people are perceived as most attractive?

The main psychology tutor at Christ Church is a social psychologist interested in emotions and moods. The College also has a junior research fellow investigating the psychology of perception, tutors in related areas of neuroscience and philosophy, and a rich mix of research fellows, graduates and undergraduates working on topics relevant to psychology.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: C830 Prof. Brian Parkinson 1-4
Duration of course: 3 Years
Degree awarded: BA

A-levels: A*AA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 39 points (incl. core points), with 7, 6, 6 in HL subjects.

It is highly recommended for candidates to have studied one or more science subjects or Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
64 53.5% 20.8%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

26 and 27 June 2013

20 Sept 2013

Faculty Website

www.psy.ox.ac.uk

Faculty contact

admissions@psy.ox.ac.uk

Tutors

Prof. Brian Parkinson

Fine Art

Fine Art

Although the course of the Bachelor in Fine Art is taught at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Christ Church is a particularly good college for Fine Art students. It is the only college in the University with both an Art Room and a specialist Art Tutor. The room is a valuable additional studio space in which students can work, and the tutor is qualified to participate in fine art critical practice as well as having a pastoral role.

The College also possesses the major resource of the Picture Gallery, an important display of paintings coupled with the internationally renowned collection of drawings. Christ Church is close to the headquarters of the Ruskin School in the High Street. The admission process is initially conducted by the Ruskin with a secondary selective process at colleges including Christ Church.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: W100 Mr Peter Rhoades 2
Duration of course: 3 Years
Degree awarded: BFA

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects.

It is highly recommended for candidates to have studied Art to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent and to take an Art Foundation course. Applicants interested in applying for Fine Art who are studying for a BTEC National Extended Diploma (BTEC) will have to submit a portfolio of work, and an offer will require candidates to achieve DDD grades. Tutors welcome applications from those who are engaged on a BTEC National Extended Diploma Art and Design course where there is a substantial element of both Fine Art and Art History. Please note that because of the practical nature of the Fine Art degree, which also includes a substantial theoretical component, a candidate who has successfully completed the BTEC may be well suited to the content and structure of the degree course at Oxford.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
21 (note: no deferred applications are accepted for this course) 26.4% 14.9%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

26 and 27 June 2013

20 Sept 2013

Faculty Website

www.ruskin-sch.ox.ac.uk

Faculty contact

info@ruskin-sch.ox.ac.uk

Tutors

Mr Peter Rhoades

Geography

Geography

Geography is a subject that engages with the ‘big’ issues confronting humanity. The impact of carbon emissions on climate, global and local inequalities in welfare and employment, and the globalization of culture are all high on the geographer’s agenda. Oxford geography is distinctive in its rejection of the path followed by most other UK geography departments of splitting the subject into two by making students choose between taking an ‘arts’ or a ‘science’ geography course. All students take the same geography degree in Oxford which, while allowing specialization in particular branches, focuses on the central core of the subject where the human and physical geographical worlds meet.

The geography tutors provide tutorials for Christ Church undergraduates in the core courses of the geography degree and they advise and arrange teaching for the optional papers in the second and third years. Geography students are prominent in the intellectual and social life of the college. Contacts across the years is encouraged through the in-college Halford Mackinder Society. Christ Church is generous with its grants for field work and for book purchases. It has an excellent collection of books in the college library, including the main texts needed for the course. In recent years Christ Church geographers have entered a variety of postgraduate courses (including further geographical research and Masters courses in environmental science, law, development studies, and education), or have found work in central and local government, financial institutions and management consultancies, the media, and various environment-related NGOs.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: L700 Prof. Simon Dadson 6
Duration of course: 3 years Prof. Judith Pallot
Degree awarded: BA

A-levels: A*AA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 40 points (incl. core points)

It is highly recommended for candidates to have Geography to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
85 77.6% 21.6%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

3rd May

Tutors

Prof. Simon Dadson

Tutors

Prof. Judith Pallot

History

History

History is about people and societies in the past - what made them tick, and why they did what they did. It helps us understand ourselves and others. Studying the past challenges our prejudices, broadens our outlook, and enables us to think for ourselves; writing about the past develops our analytical skills, and teaches us to organize clear and persuasive arguments. So it is a popular subject for both students and employers: our history graduates go into business, finance, consultancy, journalism, advertising, law, government service, teaching and research – any career which needs adaptability, clear thinking, and problem-solving. Christ Church has one of the largest history groups in Oxford, and it is exciting to be part of it. We admit twelve new students each year - producing a lively, varied, interactive set. We have three specialist college tutors and so, together with the college lecturer, we can teach a large part of the syllabus in college, and offer close personal attention. We have an outstanding history collection in the college library, and funds to help with research projects and discovery trips. And, of course, historians share in all the other benefits of a large, attractive, and well endowed college.

History combines well with other subjects and Christ Church welcomes applications for Ancient and Modern History, History and Modern Languages, and History and Politics.

For further information, see the listings under the 'Joint Schools' tab on the left-hand menu bar.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: V100 Prof. Catherine Andreyev 12
Duration of course: 3 Years Dr Brian Young
Degree Awarded: BA Prof. Sarah Mortimer
Dr Rowena Archer

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects.

It is highly recommended for candidates to have History to A-level, Advanced Higher or Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
227 70.6% 24.2%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

23 August 2013

Faculty Website

www.history.ox.ac.uk

Faculty contact

schools.liaison@history.ox.ac.uk

Tutors

Prof. Catherine Andreyev

Tutors

Dr Rowena Archer

Tutors

Prof. Sarah Mortimer

Tutors

Dr Brian Young

History of Art

History of Arts

We are surrounded by images, objects, and buildings that have been designed to have a particular effect on us, whether the work is a painting by a famous artist or the prospectus you are looking at right now. Studying History of Art allows us to gain a better appreciation of why particular art works look the way they do and how their meanings and functions change over time. In the History of Art course at Oxford, we explore artefacts produced in many different times and places, from ancient Rome to contemporary London, and from Ming Dynasty China to Renaissance Italy. Indeed, the degree is designed to provide an introduction to a wider range of art (including from cultures beyond Europe and North America) than is available in any other single course in Britain. Students will not only become experts in the historical interpretation of images, but they will also learn to analyse critically visual and material culture in general. The ‘visual literacy’ skills learned in the degree have broad applicability in a variety of professional settings, as well as being lifelong sources of personal enlightenment.

Oxford has unsurpassed resources for studying art from cultures throughout the world. In addition to the Ashmolean Museum, Christ Church’s own Picture Gallery and other university collections, the city and its environs offer excellent examples of British architecture – including several in Christ Church itself! There is a dedicated History of Art tutor at Christ Church, and students will be able to interact with undergraduates in the College studying related subjects such as Fine Art or History. Students also have access to the College’s Art Room. Christ Church thus offers a very welcoming and stimulating environment in which to study the History of Art. You can also visit the History of Art Department’s website at www.hoa.ox.ac.uk.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: V350 Prof. Geraldine Johnson 3
Duration of course: 3 Years
Degree Awarded: BA

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects.

Candidates are required to have taken an essay-based subject to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. History of Art, History, English, a language or Art can be helpful to students in completing this course, although they are not required for admission.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
14 (note: no deferred applications are accepted for this course) 33.9% 10.8%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

26 and 27 June 2013

20 Sept 2013

Faculty Website

www.hoa.ox.ac.uk

Faculty contact

admin@hoa.ox.ac.uk

Tutors

Prof. Geraldine Johnson

Law (also Law with Law Studies in Europe)

Law

You do not have to intend to be a practising lawyer to read Law: most of our students go into the legal profession, but not all. Whether your strength at school has been in mathematics, history, literature, languages or science, law is your subject if you enjoy debate and discussion; are interested in the legal issues you read in the newspapers (whether on the home or international pages); and enjoy researching and solving difficult intellectual problems. What are our particular strengths at Christ Church? We have:

  • a lively group of law students, amongst the largest of any Oxford college, whose diversity is increased by our continuing commitment to the four-year course in Law with Law Studies in Europe;
  • the resources to ensure that both our graduate and undergraduate students are amply provided for; one of the largest and most complete college law libraries; and the advantage of three law tutors who together teach most of the compulsory subjects for the course, ensuring our students benefit from close personal supervision throughout their time here;
  • a college Law Society which arranges functions the students want, such as moots (mock-trials), social events, and visits to solicitors’ firms and the Inns of Court in London.
UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Duration of course: 3/4 Years Prof. John Cartwright 10
Degree awarded: BA in Jurisprudence (equivalent to LLB) Prof. Edwin Simpson
Mr Benjamin Spagnolo

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AAB, or AA plus an additional Higher at grade A

IB: 39 including core points with at least 7,6,6 at Higher Level

Or any other equivalent.

Candidates are also expected to have at least a C grade in GCSE Mathematics, or other evidence to demonstrate that they are appropriately numerate. We accept any subjects at A-level except for General Studies. There is no particular advantage or disadvantage to studying Law before you apply. Candidates applying for Law with Law Studies in Europe would be expected to have the relevant modern language to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. However, if the candidate wishes to spend their third year of study in the Netherlands (studying European and International Law), then a modern language is not essential since the course is taught in English.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
Combined intake: 216 Course I (Law): 48.5%, Course II (Law with Law Studies in Europe) 42.9% Successful applications Course I: 17.8%, Course II: 10.6%, (Applicants unsuccessful in gaining a place on Course II are automatically considered for a place on Course I)

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

13, 14, 15 March 2013

Faculty Website

www.law.ox.ac.uk

Faculty contact

lawfac@law.ox.ac.uk

Tutors

Prof. John Cartwright

Tutors

Prof. Edwin Simpson

Tutors

Mr Benjamin Spagnolo

Mathematics

Maths

Far and away the best reason for choosing mathematics at university is that you have always found it fascinating, stimulating and fun to do. You should love mathematics, and think (and worry) about mathematical problems even when you have done your school or college assignments. Mathematicians at Christ Church come from all sorts of backgrounds – state and independent schools, UK and overseas – all brought together by their passion for mathematics. In choosing students for admission we are looking for aptitude and potential combined with commitment to the subject.

In the first two years of the course, lectures are supplemented with two to three hours of in-college teaching per week, in tutorials and small group classes; third- and fourth-year teaching is via classes. Pure mathematics is taught by Kevin McGerty, an expert in abstract algebra, and Greg Berczi, who works in Geometry. Applied mathematics is taught by Sam Howison and Chris Breward, who work on problems with an interdisciplinary emphasis.The thriving Christ Church mathematics society brings together the whole mathematics community for lectures, student presentations and an annual dinner.

Employers like people with maths degrees. Mathematics opens the door to a huge range of careers, for example further study and research in academia or industry, investment banking, web design, and teaching. For more information on all of these topics, see our subject web pages: www.chch.ox.ac.uk/maths

For related joint schools that combine aspects of the present course with those of another course, see the listings under 'Joint Schools' on the left-hand menu bar.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: G100 Dr Gergely Berczi 6 - 8
Duration of course: 3/4 Years Dr Chris Breward
Degree Awarded: BA/MMath Prof. Sam Howison
Prof. Kevin McGerty
Prof. John Wright

A-levels: A*A*A with the A*s in Mathematics and Further Mathematics (if taken).

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 39 points (incl. core points), with 7, 6, 6 in HL subjects, including 7 in HL Mathematics.

Candidates are expected to have Mathematics to A-level (A* grade), Advanced Higher (A grade), or Higher Level in the IB (score 7) or another equivalent. Further Mathematics is highly recommended.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
172 51.6% 20.1%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

27 April and 4 May 2013

Tutors

Dr Gergely Berczi

Tutors

Dr Chris Breward

Tutors

Prof. Sam Howison

Tutors

Prof. Kevin McGerty

Medicine

Medicine

If you want to know how the body works, understand what can go wrong, and learn how to do something about it, then Medicine is the course for you. Medicine is a vocation and we are looking for individuals who will make good doctors. But we also look for people who will enjoy, and respond to, the scientific challenges of medicine. The Oxford course is one of the few in the country where you gain a science degree (in Medical Sciences) and our tutorial system will allow you to explore chosen subjects in depth.

Why Christ Church? One reason would be that the biomedical sciences are strongly represented here. The college tutors run research laboratories in areas spanning genetics, physiology and neuropharmacology, the molecular mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, neuronal signalling, and drug addiction. Oxford’s first anatomy laboratory was in Christ Church (the original dissecting room is still in use – for lunch) and the Regius Professor of Clinical Medicine is always a member of the College. Outside of work the College’s Medical Society provides a lively social forum for pre-clinical and clinical students to meet and listen to outside speakers.

And although medical students may work harder than others, there is certainly life outside medicine. Our students can take full advantage of Christ Church’s varied social, cultural, musical and sporting opportunities in breathtaking surroundings.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: A100 Prof. Stephanie Cragg (Tutor) 6
Duration of course: 3-year Pre-clinical, followed by 3-year Clinical. Prof. Richard Wade-Martins
Degree awarded: BM BCh (includes an Honours BA) Dr Dunja AksentijevicDr Tim Littlewood
Dr Olaf Ansorge
Dr Keith Brain
Prof. Ian Roberts
Dr Louise Upton
Dr Robert Wilkins

A-levels: A*AA, in three A-levels taken in one academic year Excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies. Candidates are required to have Chemistry (compulsory), plus Biology and/or Physics and/or Mathematics to full A-level.

Advanced Highers: AA (including Chemistry)

Highers: AAAAA

Highers must include Biology or Mathematics or Physics. We will accept applications from students with only one Advanced Higher; see the website for details of our policy.

IB: 39 points (incl. core points) and 7, 6, 6 in HL subjects. Chemistry and a second science and/or Mathematics must be taken at Higher Level.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
155 28.8% 10.6%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

26 and 27 June 2013

20 Sept 2013

Tutors

Prof. Stephanie Cragg

Tutors

Prof. Richard Wade-Martins

Modern Languages

Modern Languages

Studying Modern Languages at Oxford offers you a chance to learn in depth about the literature, culture and language of your chosen area. You can choose from an exceptionally broad range of languages, and you may also be able to study linguistics (how languages work or evolve over time) or learn a new language from scratch. You can also study one of our core European languages along with a Middle-Eastern language. The courses combine intellectual training – how to analyse, argue, read meanings that lie below the surface of language – with the acquisition of practical skills: writing, comprehending and speaking other languages to a high level.

Christ Church is one of the few Oxford colleges that accepts any combination of languages or joint degrees with Modern Languages. We have a wide range of Modern Languages tutors based in college, and we call on specialist tutors to look after other languages, so that students are well-supported throughout their studies. As we offer more places for Modern Languages than many other colleges, there is a large, vibrant community of linguists in College at any given time. Students of Modern Languages follow a richly varied and intellectually stimulating course in Oxford, as well as spending a year abroad in one or more countries where the language/s they study are spoken. Graduates with Oxford degrees in Modern Languages are highly employable in the UK or in other countries, and often go on to work as lawyers, academics, teachers, diplomats, journalists, translators or interpreters.

For joint schools that combine Modern Languages with another course, see the listings under 'Joint Schools' on the left-hand menu bar.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Duration of course: 4 years (including compulsory year abroad) Dr Belinda Jack 9
Degree awarded: BA Dr Dominic Moran
Dr Roy Norton
Prof. Ela Tandello
Prof. Robert Vilain
Prof. Ian Watson
Prof. Jennifer Yee

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects including any Modern Language.

For the following courses you would usually be expected to have the Modern Language to A-level, or another academic equivalent:

English and Czech, French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.

The following courses allow you to begin studying a Modern Language from scratch, although those with experience in Celtic are also very welcome to apply:

English and Celtic, Beginners’ Czech, Beginners’ Modern Greek, Beginners’ Italian, or Beginners’ Portuguese.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
179 88.4% 33.9%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

27 April 2013

Faculty Website

www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk

Faculty contact

reception@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk

Tutors

Dr Belinda Jack

Tutors

Prof. Ela Tandello

Tutors

Prof. Ian Watson

Tutors

Prof. Jennifer Yee

Music

Music

Do you find music exciting and want to discover more about its history, repertory and meaning? If so, then you are looking at the right place to study the subject. Oxford has a large and thriving department and, with its top rating in the most recent Research Assessment Exercises, the best scholars, composers and performers to teach you. No other discipline offers such a variety of opportunities for intellectual and practical exploration and self-discovery. You may be a fine performer or your primary interest may be more academic; our course is sufficiently flexible to cater for both of these areas. While focused on the history and practices of Western European art music from medieval times to the present day, the course also embraces the study of popular and world musics, music aesthetics and psychology, and musical geographies. The majority of our graduates go on to further musical study or to work in the music professions.

Although some of those reading Music at Christ Church sing in the Cathedral Choir (Academical Clerks) or play the organ (Organ Scholars), the majority do not. Christ Church has a very strong tradition in music, taking more undergraduates to read the subject than any other college. There is an active Music Society, which promotes regular concerts and an annual music festival in the Cathedral. You have a piano provided in your room and a substantial grant to cover the cost of instrumental lessons. Also there is a College Music Room and the College Library houses one of the finest collections of manuscripts and printed music in the country. In addition to all this, the Faculty is just a couple of minutes’ walk away!

For more information on all these topics, see our subject web pages: www.chch.ox.ac.uk/college/subjects/music

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: W300 Prof. Jonathan Cross 5
Duration of course: 3 Years Prof. Stephen Darlington
Degree Awarded: BA Dr David Maw
Dr Benjamin Skipp

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects.

Candidates are expected to have Music to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent. Also keyboard ability of ABRSM Grade V or above is highly recommended.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
76 95.4% 40.4%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

26 and 27 June 2013

20 Sept 2013

Faculty Website

www.music.ox.ac.uk

Faculty contact

academic.admin@music.ox.ac.uk

Tutors

Prof. Jonathan Cross

Tutors

Prof. Stephen Darlington

Oriental Studies

Oriental Studies

Studying Oriental Languages at Oxford offers you a chance to learn in depth about a broad range of literatures and cultures, and to perfect your language skills. You are able to learn a new language from scratch and there are a wide range of options in fields such as art and archaeology, history, literature, philosophy, religion and modern social studies. You can also study core European languages along with a Middle-Eastern language. The course combines intellectual training – how to analyse, how to argue, how to read the meanings which lie below the surface of language – with the acquisition of practical skills: writing, comprehension and speaking other languages to a high level.

Students of Oriental Languages at Christ Church work hard for what is a richly varied and intellectually stimulating course, as well as participating in the exciting extra-curricular activities offered in the College and across the University as a whole. Most courses also offer the opportunity to spend a year in the region being studied. Graduates with Oxford degrees in Oriental Studies are highly employable in the UK and in other countries. Career options exist in finance, the media, commerce, the Civil Service, law, accountancy, and the arts to name but a few, and some 30% of Oriental Studies graduates go on to further study.

For related joint schools that combine aspects of this course with those of another course, see the listings under 'Joint Schools' on the left-hand menu bar.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Duration of course: 3/4 years Prof Martin Goodman 1 - 2
Degree awarded: BA in Oriental Studies Dr Belinda Jack (Coordinator)
Prof. Hugh Williamson

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 39 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects.

Students are not expected to have studied any Oriental language before. A language to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent can be helpful to students in completing this course, although they are not required for admission.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
41 89.9% 32.7%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

27 April 2013

Tutors

Prof Martin Goodman

Tutors

Dr Belinda Jack

Tutors

Prof. Hugh Williamson

Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics

Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics
What is Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics?

There are close connections between the three subjects of Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics, so studying them together makes a lot of sense. Psychology includes subjects as diverse as social interaction, learning, child development, schizophrenia and information processing. Philosophy is concerned with a wide range of questions including ethics, knowledge and the nature of mind. Linguistics is the study of language in all its aspects, including the structure of languages, meaning (semantics), how children learn language, pronunciation, and how people understand, mentally represent and generate language.

You apply to study any pair of the three; subject to college approval, you may be permitted to study all three after two terms.

For related joint schools that combine aspects of the present course with those of another course, see the listings under 'Joint Schools' on the left-hand menu bar.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Psychology and Philosophy CV85 Prof. Lindsay Judson 1-4
Psychology and Linguistics CQ81 Prof. Brian Parkinson
Philosophy and Linguistics VQ51 Prof. Joseph Schear
Duration of course: 3 years Prof. Ian Watson
Degree awarded: BA

A-levels: A*AA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 39 points (incl. core points), with 7, 6, 6 in HL subjects.

For Psychology, it is highly recommended for candidates to have studied one or more science subjects or Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. For Linguistics, it is helpful for candidates to have studied English Language, Mathematics, a science or any other language.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
15 (28 expected) 56.9% 18.6%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

26 and 27 June 2013 27

20 Sept 2013

Tutors

Prof. Lindsay Judson

Tutors

Prof. Brian Parkinson

Tutors

Prof. Joseph Schear

Tutors

Prof. Ian Watson

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
Why study PPE?
  • because the subjects are intellectually exciting
  • because they stretch your understanding of the world around you
  • because they help you to analyse it dispassionately
  • because you can follow a multi-disciplinary degree, but eventually specialize in one area of the degree if you wish
  • because the subjects complement one another in a way that few joint degrees can match

If that’s not enough for you, then add that PPEists are in high demand from employers in a wide range of jobs. PPEists go off to business, the City, the professions, government, international organisations. It’s not just the content of the degree – the substantive knowledge of contemporary politics and economics – that puts its graduates in demand: it’s also the analytical skills they acquire – clear thinking, data analysis, problem solving, the ability to dissect a complex social issue, arrive at conclusions, and present them to others. If you find the political and economic world a fascinating but puzzling place, and if, more broadly, you want to understand how and why (we think) we know what we seem to know about that world, then PPE is probably for you. Come to Christ Church, meet its numerous tutors in the subject at an open day, and find out.

For related joint schools that combine aspects of the present course with those of another course, see the listings under 'Joint Schools' on the left-hand menu bar.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: L0V0 Prof. David Hine 10
Duration of course: 3 years Prof. Beata Javorcik
Degree Awarded: BA Prof. Lindsay Judson
Prof. Edward Keene
Prof. Joseph Schear

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA

IB: 39 (including core points) with 7, 6, 6 at HL

Or any other equivalent

You may apply for PPE having done any combination of subjects at school; it is not necessary to have studied Politics, Philosophy or Economics. History and Mathematics are useful backgrounds, but are not essential.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
260 45.9% 15.6%

University Open Days Faculty Open Day

26 and 27 June 2013

20 Sept 2013

Faculty Website

www.ppe.ox.ac.uk

Faculty contact

ppeadmissions@socsci.ox.ac.uk

Tutors

Prof. David Hine

Tutors

Prof. Beata Javorcik

Tutors

Prof. Edward Keene

Tutors

Prof. Joseph Schear

Physics

Physics

Why is the sky blue? What is the nature of time? It is the business of physics to answer such questions. Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences, and seeks to understand all natural phenomena in terms of basic principles. Technological advance, whether fibre optics for communications or the development of a quantum computer, depends on this understanding. Oxford, with a world class reputation in research, and the largest physics department in the UK, is wellplaced to promote it. Christ Church, Einstein’s college in the early 1930s, has a strong tradition in physics. The Wetton Chair in Astrophysics is attached to the College, and there is a vigorous research community in addition to the teaching activities. We accept around 6-8 undergraduates each year, many of whom go on to higher degrees.

For the first three years, the Oxford course concentrates on a thorough grounding in the core areas, together with the necessary mathematics. At this point, one can take a B.A. Honours degree, or stay on to take the M. Phys. This involves a further year, during which two options are chosen for advanced study – for example, elementary particle physics, astrophysics – which approach the frontiers of research, and individual project work is undertaken, frequently in a research group.

To pit one’s wits against Nature is a tough intellectual challenge, but those willing to accept it acquire important skills. They learn to marshal evidence and problem-solve. Physicists have a high level of analytical ability, and can apply it to real situations. This expertise opens the door not only to scientific research, but to a wide variety of careers.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
UCAS Course Code (3 year): F300 Prof. Axel Kuhn 6 - 8
UCAS Course Code (4 year): F303 Dr Alan Merchant
Duration of course: 3/4 years Prof. Guy Wilkinson
Degrees awarded: BA/MPhys

A-levels: A*AA – this should either be A*A in Physics and Mathematics (with the A* in either Physics or Mathematics) plus any other A, or A* in Further Mathematics with AA in Mathematics and Physics.

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 points (incl. core points). with 7 in HL Physics and HL Mathematics.

Candidates are expected to have Physics and Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent. The inclusion of a Maths Mechanics module would also be highly recommended. Further Mathematics can be helpful to candidates in completing this course, although not required for admission.

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20 Sept 2013

Faculty Website

www.physics.ox.ac.uk

Faculty contact

enquiries@physics.ox.ac.uk

Tutors

Prof. Axel Kuhn

Tutors

Dr Alan Merchant

Tutors

Prof. Guy Wilkinson

Theology and Religion

Theology and Religion

You don't have to be a budding priest to do Theology. The study of the Bible and the Christian tradition introduces you to one of the most important elements in world history, and will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand modern European or American thought and culture. For your first exams your options include Biblical study, the doctrine of creation in relation to modern science, the nature of religion, and the history of the early Church; in addition you will have to learn a language – usually Greek or Hebrew, though Arabic is also possible – unless you prefer to take philosophy. After these exams you can concentrate your studies on the Bible, or else on Christian doctrine, or on more general topics in world religion. In this last track it would be possible for you to do two papers on Judaism, Hinduism, Islam or Buddhism, as well as papers on the nature of religion, psychology of religion, sociology of religion, and philosophy of religion. Theology and Religion is clearly a very varied degree, and there must be more theology teachers per square inch in Oxford than at any other university in the world.

At Christ Church about half your studies would be supervised by the resident Theology tutor, and for the other half you would be taught by tutors at other colleges with long experience of teaching our students. Though the four Canon professors based at Christ Church do not teach undergraduates, there will be opportunities to meet them. Attendance at Cathedral services is not expected of students of Theology, but some find that it can serve as a reminder of the intimate connection between English culture and Christianity.

For related joint schools that combine aspects of the present course with those of another course, see the listings under 'Joint Schools' on the left-hand menu bar.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: V600 Prof. Mark Edwards 2
Duration of course: 3 years
Degree awarded: BA

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects.

A subject involving essay writing to A-level, Advanced Higher or Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent can be helpful to students in completing this course, although this is not required for admission.

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16 March 2013

Tutors

Prof. Mark Edwards

Ancient and Modern History

Ancient and Modern History

This course enables students to study history from the Bronze Age Mediterranean and Near East, through the Roman Empire, middle ages, and early modern period, right up to British, European and world history in the present day. Fruitful comparisons between societies abound, and the methods by which we study them are mutually illuminating. The course offers an extraordinary range of choices (more than 90 options), reflecting the breadth of interests of those who teach here. The Oxford Classics and History Faculties are world-famous for teaching and research. Most of the people who will teach you here will be leading researchers in their field, and lecturers are encouraged to put on new courses which reflect their own interests. The study of original sources forms the basis of Further and Special Subjects.

At Christ Church Your work is divided between lectures and classes, tutorials (one or two a week), and private study (including preparing essays for your weekly tutorials). Oxford historians typically move on to careers in fields as varied as law, investment banking and consultancies, advertising, accountancy, the Civil Service, publishing, journalism and the media, global charity work, museums, librarianship and archive work, and teaching. Students interested in this course might also like to consider Archaeology and Anthropology, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Classics, other History courses, or History of Art.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: V118 Prof. Katya Andreyev 1-2
Duration of course: 3 years Dr Rowena Archer
Degree awarded: BA Dr Anna Clark
Prof. Martin Goodman
Dr John Ma
Prof. Dirk Obbink
Prof. Sarah Mortimer
Prof. Richard Rutherford
Dr Brian Young

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects.

It is highly recommended for candidates to have History to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent. A classical language, Classical Civilisation and Ancient History can be helpful to students in completing this course, although they are not required for admission.

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20 September 2013

Tutors

Prof. Catherine Andreyev

Tutors

Dr Anna Clark

Classics and Modern Languages

Classics and Modern Languages

Classics and Modern Languages enables you to combine study of either one or both of Latin and Ancient Greek with a modern language. The course involves extensive study of major literary texts, alongside training in linguistic skills. Oxford has the largest Classics department in the world, with unparalleled teaching, library and museum resources and a range of extra-curricular activities, including performances of Greek plays and various societies. The Modern Languages Faculty is one of the largest in the country, with a major research library (the Taylorian) and a well-equipped Language Centre. Undergraduates also develop oral proficiency in the modern language by regular contact with native speakers. There are also international opportunities with students spending a year abroad in a foreign country before their final year. Please see the Modern Languages course page for more information. College support may also be available to help undergraduates with academically-related travel to Italy or Greece.

Your time is typicaly divided between lectures, language classes, tutorials and private study. Most of your work will be in preparation of essays for your tutorials, although the systematic reading of literary texts, not necessarily aimed at any particular tutorial, also requires a considerable input of time and effort.

Students interested in this course might also like to consider other Classics or language courses.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
For course codes go to www.ox.ac.uk/courses Dr Anna Clark 1
Duration of course: 4 or 5 years Prof. Martin Goodman
depending on course chosen Dr Belinda Jack
(including a compulsory year abroad) Dr Dominic Moran
Degree awarded: BA Dr Roy Norton
Prof. Dirk Obbink
Prof. Richard Rutherford
Dr Joseph Shear
Prof. Ela Tandello
Prof. Robert Vilain
Prof. Ian Watson
Prof. Jennifer Yee

A-levels: AAA, with As in Latin and Greek, if taken

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB, with As in Latin and Greek, if taken

IB: 39 points (incl. core points), with 7, 6, 6 in HL subjects including the Modern Language if taken at HL and 13 points in total for Latin and/or Greek if taken at HL.

Classics I courses are for candidates with Latin or Greek to A-level, Advanced Higher, Higher Level in the IB or another academic equivalent.

Classics II courses are for candidates without an A-level or other qualifications in either Latin or Greek. As it is not usually possible for students to study two languages from scratch, Classics II candidates would usually be expected to have studied the Modern Language before, or to speak it at home or school.

For French, German, Russian and Spanish: Candidates would usually be expected to have the language to A-level, Advanced Higher, Higher Level in the IB or another academic equivalent.

For Czech, Modern Greek, Italian and Portuguese: Please note there are different course codes for these languages, depending on whether you are applying with an A-level or equivalent in the relevant language, or if you are applying for a beginners’ course. Beginners’ courses allow students to start studying one of these languages from scratch.

For Celtic: We generally expect all students applying for Celtic to be beginners, though those with experience are also very welcome to apply.

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Tutors

Prof. Richard Rutherford

Tutors

Prof. Jennifer Yee

Classics and Oriental Studies

Classics and Oriental Studies

This course allows you to combine the study of an Oriental language and culture with Latin and/or Greek and the study of the ancient world. There are two options, Classics with Oriental Studies (Q8T9) and Oriental Studies with Classics (T9Q8). In each case the subject mentioned first is the main subject (approximately two thirds of the degree) and the second subject is an additional subject (approximately one third of the degree).

Oxford is uniquely placed for the combined study of Classics and Oriental Studies, not least in the numerous and varied teaching staff in each faculty. The Ashmolean Museum houses collections of ancient artefacts, including coins, vases and manuscripts. The Sackler Library brings together books on the classical world and ancient Egypt and the near east, with a particular emphasis on history and art.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Codes: Dr Anna Clark 1
Classics with Oriental Studies: Q8T9 Prof. Martin Goodman
Oriental Studies with Classics: T9Q8 Dr Belinda Jack
Duration of course: 4 years (if one year abroad is taken) Prof. Dirk Obbink
Degree awarded: BA Prof. Richard Rutherford
Dr Joseph Shear

A-levels: AAA, with As in Latin and Greek, if taken

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB, with As in Latin and Greek, if taken

IB: 39 points (incl. core points), with 7, 6, 6 in HL subjects and 13 points in total for Latin and/or Greek if taken at HL.

It is highly recommended for candidates to have Latin and/or Greek to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. However, candidates with no experience of studying these languages can still apply.

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Dr Belinda Jack

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Prof. Richard Rutherford

English and Modern Languages

English and Modern Languages

For the English course, students choose from a list of papers covering all literature written in the English language from its origins in Anglo-Saxon through to present-day works from English-speaking countries across the world. The Modern Language side of the course will give you practical language skills, encourage you to understand language as a subject of study and introduce you to a particular field of Western literature and thought.

Both the English and the Modern Languages Faculties at Oxford are among the largest in the country, and students have access to a range of expert tutors working in many different areas. Library provision at Oxford is excellent: students have access to the English Faculty Library, the Taylor Institution Library (for languages), the Bodleian Library and Christ Church Library.

In the first year you will do practical work in your chosen language and study a selection of important texts from its literature. On the English side, you will be introduced to the conceptual and technical tools used in the study of language and literature, and to a wide range of different critical approaches. You will also do tutorial work on either early medieval, Victorian or modern literature. In the second year, a wide range of options opens up for you. Language work in your modern language will continue and you will study literature from a wide range of periods in English and in your language. The third year of the four-year course is spent abroad – see the Modern Languages course tab for more information. On your return, you will choose from a range of special option papers in both English and Modern Languages, and in comparative literature.

At Christ Church students usually have one or two tutorials a week as well as compulsory language classes. Most students also attend three to four lecture courses per subject.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Duration of course: 4 years (including compulsory year abroad) Dr Kate Bennett 1
Degree awarded: BA Prof. Mishtooni Bose
Course Codes: Dr Belinda Jack
English and Czech: QR37 Prof. Peter McDonald
English and French: QR31 Dr Dominic Moran
English and German: QR32 Dr Roy Norton
English and Modern Greek: QQ37 Prof. Ela Tandello
English and Italian: QR33 Prof. Robert Vilain
English and Portuguese: QR35 Prof. Ian Watson
English and Russian: QRH7 Prof. Jennifer Yee
English and Spanish: QR34
English and Celtic: QQ35
English and Beginners' Czech: QR3S
English and Beginners' Modern Greek: QR39
English and Beginners' Italian: RQ33
English and Beginners' Portuguese: QR3M

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects including English Literature or English Language and Literature and (if taken) the Modern Language.

Candidates are expected to have English Literature, or English Language and Literature, to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent.

You can either study English with a Modern Language you already speak, or with a Modern Language you’d like to learn from scratch. For the following course combinations you would usually be expected to have the Modern Language to A-level, or another academic equivalent.

English and Czech, French, German, Modern Greek,Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.

The following course combinations allow you to begin studying a Modern Language from scratch, although those with experience in Celtic are also very welcome to apply.

English and Celtic, Beginners’ Czech, Beginners’ Modern Greek, Beginners’ Italian, or Beginners’ Portuguese.

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16 March 2013

Tutors

Prof. Mishtooni Bose

Tutors

Prof. Jennifer Yee

History and Modern Languages

History and Modern Languages

The study of History and Modern Languages develops students’ awareness of differing political, cultural, social and economic structures in past societies. The historical part of this course combines vigorous debate over questions of interpretation with rigorous attention to the source materials. In studying their chosen language, students improve their practical linguistic skills and conceptual understanding of language in general, as well as undertaking close study of the related area of literature or linguistics. The first year of study offers students a broad introduction to the literature of their chosen language, and a range of historical options from which to choose. In the second and final year students select from a wide range of courses exploring the literature of their chosen language. They may choose areas related to their History course, which offers options on British, European and World history from the declining years of the Roman Empire to the present day.

Students attend about five lectures a week, participate in regular meetings with tutors to discuss work, do independent research in libraries and write one or two essays a week, as well as completing work for their language classes. The third year is spent abroad, with a wide variety of possible options and destinations. Back in Oxford for the final year, the History and Modern Languages Bridge Essay gives students the opportunity to engage in independent research.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: V100 Prof. Katya Andreyev 1
Duration of course: 4 years (including compulsory year abroad) Dr Rowena Archer
Degree awarded: BA Dr Belinda Jack
Dr Dominic Moran
Prof. Sarah Mortimer
Dr Roy Norton
Prof. Ela Tandello
Prof. Robert Vilain
Prof. Ian Watson
Prof. Jennifer Yee
Dr Brian Young

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects including any Modern Language.

It is highly recommended for candidates to have History to A-level, Advanced Higher or Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent. You can either study History with a Modern Language you already speak, or with a Modern Language you’d like to learn from scratch. For the following course combinations you would usually be expected to have the Modern Language to A-level, or another academic equivalent:

History and Czech, French, German, Modern Greek,Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.

The following course combinations allow you to begin studying a Modern Language from scratch, although those with experience in Celtic are also very welcome to apply:

History and Celtic, Beginners’ Czech, Beginners’ Modern Greek, Beginners’ Italian, or Beginners’ Portuguese.

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20 September 2013

Tutors

Prof. Catherine Andreyev

Tutors

Prof. Jennifer Yee

History and Politics

History and Politics

The History and Politics course aims to bring together complementary but separate disciplines to form a coherent and stimulating programme. The degree not only enables students to set contemporary political problems in their historical perspective, but also equips them to approach the study of the past with the conceptual rigour derived from political science.

The special feature of the Oxford course is the chance to choose subjects very broadly across the two disciplines, so that it is possible to combine medieval historical options with the analysis of contemporary political systems. The expertise of a number of Oxford’s political theorists and historians in the history of political thought, the thematic approach taken to the teaching of general history in the first year, and the emphasis placed on interdisciplinarity in a number of both politics and history papers strengthen the intellectual rigour of this course.

You will be expected to attend about five lectures a week during the first year, participate in regular meetings with tutors to discuss work, research in libraries, and write at least one essay a week. You will be required to submit a thesis which will enable you to do a piece of independent research during your second and third years. You are very much in charge of your own timetable, which means that if you are well organised you can easily fit in all the other activities for which Oxford students are renowned.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: LV2 Prof. Katya Andreyev 2
Duration of course: 3 years Dr Rowena Archer
Degree awarded: BA Prof. David Hine
Prof. Edward Keene
Prof. Sarah Mortimer
Dr Brian Young

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38–40 including core points

It is highly recommended for candidates to have History to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. Sociology, Politics or Government and Politics can be helpful to students in completing this course, although they are not required for admission.

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Prof. Catherine Andreyev

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Prof. David Hine

Modern Languages and Linguistics

Modern Languages and Linguistics

In this course students study one modern language together with linguistics, the study of language itself. One half of your course will be half of the Modern Languages course as described on the Modern Languages course page, giving you practical linguistic training and an extensive introduction to the literature and thought of the European language you have chosen. The other half of the course will introduce you to the analysis of the nature and structure of human language. Topics include: how words are formed; how sentences are constructed; how we make and hear sounds, and how these sounds behave in particular languages; how age, sex and social status affect language use; how children learn to speak; how languages change, and how they vary according to where they are spoken; how words and sentences mean what they mean; how language is used in literature, the media and by various social groups; and how language is organised in the brain. You will also apply these ideas to the study of the structure and history of your modern language.

Oxford offers facilities for the linguistic and philological study of European languages unmatched anywhere else in Britain. The University has particular expertise in general linguistics, phonetics, syntax and semantics, and in the history and structure of many individual European languages and families of related languages. This degree course combines the theoretical study of what human language is and how it works with more detailed study of specific issues of language structure and change applied to the language you are studying. You will find a wide range of options available, allowing you to concentrate on those areas you find most exciting.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Duration of course: 4 years Dr Belinda Jack 1
(including compulsory year abroad) Dr Dominic Moran
Degree awarded: BA Dr Roy Norton
Course Codes: Prof. Ela Tandello
Linguistics and French: RQ11 Prof. Robert Vilain
Linguistics and German: RQ21 Prof. Ian Watson
Linguistics and Modern Greek: QQ71 Prof. Jennifer Yee
Linguistics and Italian: RQ31
Linguistics and Portuguese: RQ51
Linguistics and Russian: RQ71
Linguistics and Spanish: RQ41
Linguistics and Beginners' Modern Greek: QQ72
Linguistics and Beginners' Italian: QR13
Linguistics and Beginners' Portuguese: RQ5D

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects including any Modern Language

No experience of studying Linguistics is required, though knowledge of the relevant modern language may be expected. English Language, Mathematics, a science or any other language may be useful for some elements of the course, although they are not required for admission.

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Prof. Ian Watson

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Prof. Jennifer Yee

Mathematics and Philosophy

Mathematics and Philosophy

This course brings together two of the most fundamental and widely applicable intellectual skills. Mathematical knowledge is the most important means of tackling quantifiable problems, while philosophical training enhances the ability to analyse issues, question received assumptions, and clearly articulate ones understanding. Historically, there have been strong links between Mathematics and Philosophy; logic, an important branch of both subjects, provides a natural bridge between the two, as does the philosophy of mathematics.The degree is constructed in the belief that the parallel study of these related disciplines can significantly enhance your understanding of each.

The Philosophy Faculty is the largest in the UK (and ranked highest in research ratings), with more than 70 full-time members, admitting more than 500 undergraduates annually to read the various degrees involving philosophy. The large number of students reading philosophy with a variety of other disciplines affords the opportunity to participate in a diverse and lively philosophical community.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: GV15 Dr Gergely Berczi 1
Duration of course: 3 /4years Dr Chris Breward
Degree awarded: BA/MMathPhil Prof. Sam Howison
Prof. Lindsay Judson
Prof. Kevin McGerty
Prof. Joseph Schear
Prof. John Wright

A-levels: A*A*A with the A*s in Mathematics and

Further Mathematics (if taken)

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 39 points (incl. core points), with 7, 6, 6 in HL subjects, including 7 in HL Mathematics.

Candidates are expected to have Mathematics to A-level (A* grade), Advanced Higher (A grade), or Higher Level in the IB (score 7) or another equivalent. Further Mathematics would also be highly recommended.

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Prof. Sam Howison

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Prof. Lindsay Judson

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics

Statistics is data analysis. New kinds of data are emerging all the time in science and industry. Statisticians are needed to set up cutting edge statistical methods to analyse these data. Statistical methods use advanced mathematical ideas and modern computational techniques. They require expert knowledge and experience to apply. Statisticians do the work. This combination, of deep and mathematically well-grounded methodbuilding, and wide-ranging applied work with data, is what makes statistics a great subject.

The Department of Statistics is the top ranked Statistics department in the UK according to the Government’s 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Many of its 27 academic staff work in the development of fundamental statistical methodology and probability. There is a large research group working on models and inference in genetics and evolution and their applications, for example concerning human genetic variation and disease. Other groups work on pattern recognition and image analysis, statistical machine learning, networks, and medical, financial and actuarial applications. These interests are reflected in the lecture courses available to undergraduates in their third and fourth years.

The typical week of a student in Mathematics and Statistics is similar to that for Mathematics. In courses involving work with statistical software packages, some lecture hours are replaced by teaching sessions in the labs.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: GG13 Dr Gergely Berczi 1-2
Duration of course: 3/4 years Dr Chris Breward
Degree awarded: BA/MMath Prof. Sam Howison
Prof. Kevin McGerty
Prof. John Wright

A-levels: A*A*A with the A*s in Mathematics and

Further Mathematics (if taken)

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 39 points (incl. core points), with 7, 6, 6 in HL subjects, including 7 in HL Mathematics.

Candidates are expected to have Mathematics to A-level (A* grade), Advanced Higher (A grade), or Higher Level in the IB (score 7) or another equivalent. Further Mathematics would also be highly recommended.

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Dr Gergely Berczi

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Dr Chris Breward

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Prof. Sam Howison

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Prof. Kevin McGerty

Philosophy and Modern Languages

Philosophy and Modern Languages

The Philosophy and Modern Languages course brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding language, literature and ideas. The study of Philosophy, and the in-depth study of a foreign language and literature, both develop analytical rigour and critical skills. Your study of Philosophy will teach you to apply your ability to reason logically to questions ranging from how we acquire knowledge and form moral judgements to the nature of language, art and literature. Since many works of literature are shaped by the dominant philosophical ideas of their epoch, the study of philosophy can illuminate that intellectual background, and studying these two disciplines in parallel presents numerous advantages. You will also develop your practical linguistic skills in language classes and acquire a more sophisticated understanding of your chosen language and culture through the study of literature or linguistics. The third year of the four-year course is spent abroad, with a wide variety of possible options and destinations.

The Philosophy Faculty is the largest Philosophy department in the UK, admitting more than 500 undergraduates annually to read the various degrees involving Philosophy. Oxford’s Modern Languages Faculty is also one of the largest in the country, with a total intake of more than 250 students a year, including those reading joint degrees. The Philosophy library and the Modern Languages research library (the Taylor Institution) have worldwide reputations. The Modern Languages Faculty also has an undergraduate lending library and a fully-equipped Language Centre.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Duration of course: 4 years (including compulsory year abroad) Dr Belinda Jack 1
Degree awarded: BA Prof. Lindsay Judson
Course Codes: Dr Dominic Moran
Philosophy and Czech: VR57 Dr Roy Norton
Philosophy and French: VR51 Prof. Joseph Schear
Philosophy and German: VR52 Prof. Ela Tandello
Philosophy and Modern Greek: VQ57 Prof. Robert Vilain
Philosophy and Italian: VR53 Prof. Ian Watson
Philosophy and Portuguese: VR55 Prof. Jennifer Yee
Philosophy and Russian: VRM7
Philosophy and Spanish: VR54
Philosophy and Celtic: VQ55
Philosophy and Beginners' Czech: VR5R
Philosophy and Beginners' Modern Greek: VR59
Philosophy and Beginners' Italian: RV35
Philosophy and Beginners' Portuguese: VR5M

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 39 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects including any Modern Language.

Candidates are not required to have any experience of studying Philosophy, though some background reading is highly recommended. You can either study Philosophy with a Modern Language you already speak, or with a Modern Language you’d like to learn from scratch. For the following course combinations you would usually be expected to have the Modern Language to A-level, or another academic equivalent:

Philosophy and Czech, French, German, Modern Greek,Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.

The following course combinations allow you to begin studying a Modern Language from scratch, although those with experience in Celtic are also very welcome to apply:

Philosophy and Celtic, Beginners’ Czech, Beginners’ Modern Greek, Beginners’ Italian, or Beginners’ Portuguese.

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Prof. Lindsay Judson

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Prof. Jennifer Yee

Philosophy and Theology

Philosophy and Theology

Philosophy and Theology brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding and assessing the intellectual claims of religion, and in particular of Christianity. It fosters intellectual capacities that you can apply across both disciplines, and develops skills which you will find useful for a wide range of careers and activities after graduation.

The study of philosophy develops analytical rigour and the ability to criticise and reason logically. It allows you to apply these skills to questions ranging from how we acquire knowledge and form moral judgments to central questions in the philosophy of religion, including the existence and nature of God and the relevance of religion to human life. The study of Theology brings together a wide range of skills and disciplines, historical, textual, linguistic, sociological, literary-critical and philosophical. It provides a grounding in the theology and ethics of early and of modern Christianity, along with a wide range of options in the academic study of religion, including non-Christian traditions.

The Philosophy Faculty is the largest philosophy department in the UK (and ranked highest), admitting more than 500 undergraduates annually to read the various degrees involving philosophy. The Theology and Religion Faculty has more than 100 members, covering almost every possible branch of the discipline, ranging from experts in the ancient languages and literature of the world’s religions to church historians and systematic theologians. Its reputation attracts scholars from all over the world as visiting lecturers.

Your work is divided between tutorials (usually one a week), lectures (typically six to eight weekly), and perhaps some classes, for instance for first-year logic, or for modern doctrine. A large part of your week will be spent in private study to prepare essays for tutorials.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: VV56 Prof. Mark Edwards 1
Duration of course: 3 years Prof. Lindsay Judson
Degree awarded: BA Prof. Joseph Schear

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 39 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects.

A subject involving essay writing to A-level, Advanced Higher or Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent can be helpful to students in completing this course, although this is not required for admission.

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Prof. Mark Edwards

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Prof. Lindsay Judson

Theology and Oriental Studies

Theology and Oriental Studies

This innovative joint degree is a relatively recent course at Oxford, accepting its first students in 2010. The degree enables students to understand and assess the sacred texts, traditions, and truth-claims of a number of the world’s major religions. It combines a training in diverse forms of thought and study, requiring students to acquire skills in a range of disciplines, from history to textual criticism, philosophy to cultural studies.

A degree in Theology and Oriental Studies offers the opportunity to appreciate the qualities of religions often radically different from western traditions. This enables students to pursue answers to compelling questions regarding the nature of human values, meaning-making, wisdom and artistic expression. The demands of such study ensure that graduates are equipped with a breadth of thought and quality of communication ideally suited to a range of careers.

The University arranges lectures (up to six weekly) and classes. For Theology subjects and some Oriental Studies subjects, a large part of the week is spent in private study in preparation for tutorials, which are usually held with college tutors once a week. Subjects which require a great deal of language work are taught for the most part in classes, which may meet three times a week or more.

UCAS Information Tutors and Lecturers Places at Christ Church
Course Code: VT69 Prof. Mark Edwards 1
Duration of course: 3 years Dr Belinda Jack (Coordinator)
Degree awarded: BA

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 points (incl. core points), with 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects.

Experience of studying a language, and a subject involving essay writing, to either A-level, Advanced Higher, Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent can be helpful to students in completing this course, although they are not required for admission. Students are not expected to have studied any Oriental Language before.

Intake across the University Applications Shortlisted for Interview Successful applications
24 91.3% 28.3%

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See Theology and Religion, and Oriental Studies, for dates

Tutors

Prof. Mark Edwards

Tutors

Dr Belinda Jack

Financial Support

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Church is sensitive to the growing financial costs associated with a university education. We are in a fortunate position to be able to offer financial assistance to students who require it.

Christ Church contributes to the University’s generous financial support package for home and EU students from low income backgrounds, meaning that no home or EU student with the ability and potential to study at Oxford should be deterred from making an application to us based on financial grounds. Details of the University’s financial support package available to students starting their course in October 2014 will be published on the Christ Church and Oxford websites once announced.

Thanks to the generosity of old members, Christ Church also has a student support fund from which grants or loans can be made to assist those who are struggling financially while on course.

UK residents can apply for up to 28 days’ vacation residence grant (p.a.) to help cover the cost of accommodation if they are required to stay in Oxford outside of term time.

Scholarships (£300 p.a.) and Exhibitions (£200 p.a.) are awarded on academic merit to students in their second year.

Book grants of £210 are available to all our undergraduates.

Students who find that they are in unforeseen financial difficulty, can apply (through the college) for a University Hardship Fund and/or Government Access to Learning Fund grant.

Fees and Charges

University tuition fee for 2013–2014 (Home/EU) – £9,000

Lodgings for the 8-week term for 2013-2014 – £1,185

Dinner for the 8-week term for 2013-2014 – £126

Breakfast and lunch are on a pay-as-you-go basis:
breakfast is approximately £2.50;
lunch is approximately £3.50.

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Making an Application

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The admissions process to the University of Oxford is uniform across all colleges, with college tutors in each subject making judgements and decisions based on a commonly agreed set of subject-specific criteria.

The tutors at Christ Church admit students solely on the basis of their academic abilities and potential, assessing achievement in the light of individual circumstances. We invest a great deal of time and effort into the selection of our students, and each applicant to Christ Church can expect his or her application to be considered very carefully.

We seek to admit the students who are best suited to the courses we offer and the way in which we teach them. Our tutors have to make very fine distinctions amongst many, very well-qualified applicants, which means they take into account all the information available to them. Your academic record and personal statement are important to us, as is the reference written by your teachers. Alongside evidence of a high level of achievement in examinations, we expect our candidates to have read widely around their subjects of interest, outside their school or college curriculum. You may also be required to submit written work or sit a written test for some subjects.

Although many of our successful candidates pursue interests outside their academic studies, extracurricular activities unrelated to your subject do not form part of our selection criteria or selection process.

Specific details and requirements relating to the admissions process may change from time to time, so you are encouraged to check the University’s admissions web pages for the most up-to-date information: www.admissions.ox.ac.uk.

Interviews

A distinctive feature of the Oxford application process is the interview. Although it may seem to be a daunting experience, it is the best way for our tutors to assess your suitability for your chosen course. We assess performance at interview alongside all the other information available to us, and thus the interview is just one part of the overall admissions process.

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Typically, if you are shortlisted after applying to Christ Church, you can expect at least two interviews, each with at least two interviewers. Most subjects will ask you to stay in Oxford for two or three days, during which time you may have interviews at other colleges as well; in some subjects, this is automatic. This is in order to ensure that the top applicants to Oxford are awarded places at the University in their chosen course, irrespective of the college to which they have applied.

Interviews are not intended to intimidate or catch you out, but to challenge you in order to bring out your potential. We are keen to find out not just what you already know, but whether you have or are likely to develop the intellectual qualities needed to study your subject at university level.

The format and content of interviews varies from subject to subject, although they are all academic in focus, designed to mimic a tutorial. You may be asked questions related to your school or college work, or to a particular academic interest mentioned in your personal statement or raised by written work you may have submitted. You may be given something to read beforehand or something to examine in the interview, such as a poem, a newspaper article, a photograph, a legal statute, a tray of butterflies or shells, or a mathematical or technical problem. In all cases we are not looking for instant, ‘right’ answers, but rather for ideas that will provide the basis for a discussion. We are particularly interested in the way in which you approach our questions and formulate your responses. Each week at university you will be asked to grapple with new concepts, so seeing how you process and respond to unfamiliar ideas or materials gives us a good indication of how you will manage on the course.

Access Initiatives

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Christ Church is keen to work with underrepresented schools and colleges from the maintained sector in order to raise academic aspirations, demystify life at Oxford, and encourage applications from bright students, whatever their school or background.

Our access programme is aimed at students from year 9 upwards, as well as their teachers, careers advisors, parents, and carers. Events and activities include presentations in schools and colleges, informal visits to Christ Church, application workshops, e-mentoring, and teachers’ conferences. We are particularly interested in making contact with schools and colleges with little or no history of sending students to Oxford. For further details about our access initiatives, please contact our Admissions Office at: access.officer@chch.ox.ac.uk

Open Days and Location

Christ Church runs annual open days to give potential applicants a flavour of what it is like to live, study, and socialise at the College. For the latest information about our open days, please go to www.chch.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduates/open-days. Outside these events, tours can be arranged for school and college groups or individuals by contacting the Admissions Office at: access.officer@chch.ox.ac.uk.

Admissions Information Centre

The University operates an Admissions Information Centre located on Little Clarendon Street in the centre of Oxford, which is usually open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, for potential applicants to drop in for further information and a chat with University admissions staff. General enquiries can be directed to: undergraduate.admissions@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Location

Christ Church is located in the heart of Oxford. The main entrance is on St Aldates, under Tom Tower. It is a 15-20 minute walk from the railway station and a 10-15 minute walk from the bus station. No parking is available in the College and driving is not recommended, but we are happy to make special arrangements for the physically disabled. Oxford has a Park and Ride scheme, which motorists are encouraged to use.

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Contact

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College Officers

The Dean The Very Revd Christopher Lewis

Senior Censor Prof. David Nowell

Junior Censor Prof. Brian Parkinson

Tutor for Admissions Prof. Joseph Schear

College Chaplain The Revd Ralph Williamson

Tutor for Graduates Prof. Mishtooni Bose



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