Physics and Philosophy

Last updated: 1ย year ago

In this course you can expect to study the most important topics in physics and in philosophy, as well as their intersection.

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to Physics and Philosophy.


Overview ๐Ÿ”— This is the place to start, where youโ€™ll find much of the essential information.

Physics Faculty Website ๐Ÿ”— This is the official Faculty webpage for prospective undergraduates, which links to various resources. Philosophy ๐Ÿ”— has a separate faculty website, accessible from here. Both pages provide detailed information about the course content and structure, as well as lecture information. The 2019-20 course handbook ๐Ÿ”— will give you a general overview of what studying Physics and Philosophy at Oxford is like.

Alternative Prospectus ๐Ÿ”— This is an unofficial prospectus put together by the Oxford Student Union; itโ€™s written based on studentsโ€™ perspectives and gives a better sense of what the day-to-day experience as a Physics and Philosophy student is like, compared to official materials.

More things to explore

โ€œPhysics and Philosophy at Oxford Universityโ€ video ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ A video produced by the University giving a nice overview of the course.

Day in the life ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ Three students chat about what a "typical" day might look like for a Physics and Philosophy student at the University of Oxford.

Khan Academy ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ This site has a large database of videos that you can use to brush up on any physics topics that may be a bit rusty.

Worked-through Physics interview questions ๐Ÿ”— Two Physics students from Jesus College give worked examples of real physics interview questions.

Application Resources

Physics Admissions Test (PAT) information ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ If you are applying for Physics and Philosophy or related courses (Physics, Engineering, or Materials Science) you will have to take the PAT. This webpage has information about the content of the test, how to register, and lots of practice materials.

More PAT resources ๐Ÿ”— This website contains some past Physics Admissions Test (PAT) papers and solutions. More example questions are available on the Physics and Maths Tutor website ๐Ÿ”—.

Reading Lists ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ These are the reading lists for the papers that first-years take. Donโ€™t be intimidated by how long they are; theyโ€™re intended to be worked through over the course of a full academic year, and honestly, no one reads everything anyway.

FAQ ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ Some useful answers to common questions about the application process.

InsideUni Physics and Philosophy interview experiences ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. Weโ€™re biased, but we think theyโ€™re useful!