Oxford Physics Masterclass 2020

18 Apr 2020 - 10:00am
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Y12 students


This year the Oxford Physics Masterclass will be on Saturday 18th April 2020.
Registration will open on 3rd February.

The Oxford Physics Masterclass aims to:

  • Increase students’ interest in pursuing physics at university.
  • Raise awareness of application requirements and undergraduate courses at Oxford Physics.
  • Enable students to develop problem-solving skills and confidence which are essential for making competitive applications to Oxford Physics.

The day will include:

  • Advice on applying to study Physics at the University of Oxford
  • An example of a typical first year undergraduate lecture
  • A problem-solving workshop
  • An exciting Grand Finale

Students will be guided through the problem solving process, and will solve a range of unusual problems with help and guidance.

Please note that lunch will not be provided so students should bring their own food.

Feedback from the 2018 event

  • 90% of participants rated the event as 'good' or 'very good'
  • 81% of participants felt that the activities developed their problem solving skills
  • 71% of participants felt that the event had encouraged them to study physics at a higher level


  • "It was brilliant, it made me realise the skills I need to develop"
  • "I massively enjoyed the event and believe it developed my problem solving and physics knowledge to a higher level. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go!"
  • "It has given me an insight into what university physics is like and all the admissions criteria as well"

Target Audience

Students in Year 12 who are studying Maths and Physics at A level (or equivalent), and who are interested in studying Physics at University, are invited to attend. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Successful applicants will be sent some work they should complete before the masterclass.

For more information contact: 

Dr Kathryn Boast, Access Officer: kathryn.boast@physics.ox.ac.uk