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Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford

About the Course

The University of Oxford offers an undergraduate course in Psychology and Philosophy. This combined course is well-built and designed with the purpose of providing high standard education. Psychology includes various subjects such as learning, social interaction, schizophrenia, child development and information processing. Philosophy is related to a broad range of questions including knowledge and the nature of mind and ethics.

Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford

Psychology at Oxford is basically a scientific discipline involving the testing of ideas and rigorous formulation. It works through systematic and experiments observation rather than introspection. The Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford is widely regarded as one of the prominent psychology departments in the UK. Presently, there are predominantly strong group in the fields of neuroscience, human cognitive processes, vision and social & developmental psychology.

The Oxford Philosophy Faculty is one of the largest philosophy departments in the UK. Most of the faculty members have worldwide reputation. The department has a well-stocked library containing an ample array of books, periodicals, magazines and journals. Philosophy at Oxford has lively interests in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of science. The department has close association with those working in psychology and neuroscience.

Career Opportunities

Philosophy and Psychology students get into careers in diverse fields such as commerce, psychology, research, education, the health services, medicine, finance, the media, industry and information technology. Some of the careers will require further study and training after graduation degree. The degree in Psychology and Philosophy is accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society, provided students to study psychology and the least standard of a Second Class Honours is achieved. This is the first footstep towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Recent Oxford graduates in Psychology and Philosophy include a clinical psychologist and a trainee teacher. Lily, one of the Oxford graduates has completed MA in Gallery Studies and consequently worked at the Jewish Museum. Later, she moved to the V & A as an Assistant Curator. Presently, she is working as a researcher on a major exhibition.

Entrance Requirements

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

It is recommended for candidates to have studied one or more Mathematics or Science subjects to A-level, Higher Level or Advanced Higher in the IB or any other equivalent. Candidates should also take the Thinking Skills Assessment as part of the application. For more information about the test and entrance requirements, please refer the university website.


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