Access - applying to Oxford

We are committed to attracting applications from all students with the potential to benefit from study in the Department. We also have a programme of events designed to support applicants from all backgrounds.

For further information about applying to read Physics at Oxford please visit our undergraduate admissions pages.

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Lots of information about the PAT is available here. This includes the syllabus, sample solutions and advice on how to prepare.

The Interviews

Mock interview pack for teachers

This pack is designed for teachers who want to run a mock interview and don't know where to begin. It contains mock questions and sample solutions. It is a work in progress, so email us with your thoughts!

Admissions Criteria

The Department is looking for students who can demonstrate: Motivation: a real interest and strong desire to learn physics.     Ability to express physical ideas using mathematics; mathematical ability. Reasoning ability: ability to analyse and solve problems using logical and critical approaches. Physical intuition: an ability to see how one part of a physical system connects with another; and to predict what will happen in a given physical situation.     Communication: ability to give precise explanations both orally and numerically.

Interview Tips

Oxford Physics Interview Tips - What the students say