Student profile: Alim

"Unforgettable, life changing, rewarding"

About me

Name: Alim
Course: MPhys
AS/A-level subjects: Maths/Further maths/Physics/Biology/Chemistry AS

Oxford Physics

Why did you choose to study Physics at university?

It was a subject I found I could enjoy studying and I find the concepts easy to understand.

What is the best thing about studying Physics at Oxford?

There is so much opportunity to study with the brightest in the country at Oxford, as well as the numerous resources available. The atmosphere for learning is incredible.

What do you find the most challenging aspect of studying Physics at Oxford?

The work load was initially hard to handle but over time this became easier. The teaching structure for lectures and lots of tutorials was also a big challenge from school life, but overtime you learn to appreciate it more than the structure at school.

What about tutorials?

They are structured well so that we have more personal content with a tutor who can help us with any problems and further our understanding on the subjects.

And practical labs?

There are a broad range of experiments to perform in many areas of physics, which further our understanding of what we have learnt in lectures. Some experiments help us understand conceptually difficult subjects.


What topic in physics do you find the most interesting and why?

Fluid dynamics - some very interesting and astounding applications in real life.

What topic in physics do you find the most challenging and why?

Relativity – some of the material we have been taught initially seemed counter intuitive and the answers to questions would not be what I had initially expected.

Oxford experience

What are your hobbies/interests outside of your course?

I play badminton for my college, I am a registered peer supporter and I play her violin.

Three words to explain your time at Oxford:

Life changing

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I hope to pursue a career in science, potentially doing a doctorate first.

Applying to Oxford

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in applying to study Physics at Oxford?

Be prepared to work hard, do not be afraid to ask questions and take as many opportunities as you can, both in your degree and at Oxford.