Human Sciences students investigate the biological, social and cultural aspects of human life.
Below you will find information about the specific degree course offered by Oxford University to study Human Sciences, how to prepare, and how Oxbridge Interviews can help you with your Human Sciences application.BOOK COURSE
Cambridge University does not offer a course in Human Sciences, but offers a similar course in Human, Social, and Political Sciences (HSPS).
The Human Sciences course at Oxford is highly competitive with 17% of application successful. Students are required to achieve a minimum of AAA at A-level. No subjects are compulsory, but Biology and Mathematics are both recommended.
To prepare for your Human Sciences application, you must demonstrate your motivation for the subject and specific interests. You can do this by reading beyond your school curriculum. Our interviewers recommend:
- 'Guns, Germs and Steel' by Jared Diamond
- 'The Origins of Virtue' by Matt Ridley
Practice interviews for Human Sciences applications are critical. You wouldn’t sit an exam without doing a mock, so don’t place yourself in an interview without having experienced a practice interview first.
James (Human Sciences, Oxford)
James completed his undergraduate degree in Human Sciences at Wadham College, Oxford. Since graduating, he has completed a graduate degree at the Financial Services Authority and now works for a Solar Energy Company.
James, why did you apply for Human Sciences?
"I was interested in the range of topics covered. I wanted to study subjects that had direct relevance to humans and society. I didn't have a specific focus on what I wanted to do after university but I found the idea of learning about anthropology and human behaviour within a Science focused course to be a great opportunity."
What’s your advice to students applying to Human Sciences?
"Having done the course I understand much better the key philosophy of why it existed and what you get out of studying it. An application that displayed an appreciation of the benefits of covering issues affecting humanities from a range of different academic perspectives would be very well received."
All applicants to Human Sciences at Oxford are required to sit the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) prior to interview.Learn more about the TSA