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Experimental Psychology at Oxford - Course Outline

Terms 1-2


Students need to take three courses from the followings:

  • Psychology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Philosophy
  • Statistics


Three written papers
First University exams

Terms 3-5


Nine courses are taken comprising the eight core topics:

  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Perception
  • Language and Cognition
  • Memory, Attention and Information Processing
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • One course in experimental design and statistics
  • Personality, Psychological Disorders and Individual Differences


Final University examinations, Part I
Practical portfolio
Five written papers

Terms 6-9


Three advanced option courses are taken in psychology. One option may be a library dissertation. The courses change every year to reflect advances in psychology. Research project


Research project report
Final University exams, Part II
Three written papers (or a library dissertation and two written papers)

International Opportunities and Fieldwork

Students have a broad choice of research projects comprising projects based in other departments and outside the University of Oxford.


In the term first and second course work is divided between lectures (about six a week) and tutorials (about two to three a week). During terms three to nine, students' time shall be divided between tutorials (approximately 1.5 per week), lectures (around six per week) and practical classes (one afternoon a week). Students shall also execute their own research project and will be given an excellent opportunity to write a library dissertation.

Entrance Requirement

  • A-levels: AAA
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
  • IB: 38-40 comprising core points
  • Or any other equivalent

It is strongly recommended for students to study one or more Mathematics or Science subjects to A-level, Higher level or Advanced Higher in the IB or any equivalent. Candidates ought to also take the Thinking Skills Assessment as a part of their application. For more information, students are advised to see how to apply page of the university website.

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