Physics is the study of the universe and how it works.
Below you will find information about the specific degree course offered by Oxford University to study Physics, how to prepare, and how Oxbridge Interviews can help you with your application.BOOK COURSE
Cambridge University do not offer a degree in pure Physics. The core sciences degree is Natural Sciences.
Oxford University's Physics course is three years with the option to extend to four years for a master's degree.
The application process is highly competitive with only 14% of applications successful. To be offered a place, you generally need to get A*AA at A Level (or equivalent) with the A* in either Physics, Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
To prepare for your Physics 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:
- The New Scientist Magazine
- Project Tuva Lecture Series
Practice interviews for Physics 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.
Hans (Physical Natural Sciences, Cambridge)
Hans studied Physical Natural Sciences at St John’s College, Cambridge. He now works as a Technology Architect.
Hans, why did you choose Physics?
"I chose to study Physics because I was fascinated by how things ’work’ on a fundamental level, and I also really enjoyed studying Maths and wanted to pursue this further."
How did you prepare for your application?
"I did a range of things to prepare for my application; I researched the course thoroughly on the university website, I attended Open Days to find out more information, and I did wider reading around the topics I was interested in."
What would you have done differently?
"I actually was quite happy with how my application went - I worked hard and I’m not sure if there’s anything in particular that I would have done differently."
All applicants to Physics at Oxford are required to take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT).Learn more about the PAT