University of Oxford

The University of Oxford 

The University of Oxford was the first university in the English-speaking world and remains at the forefront of centers of learning, teaching and research.  Students from more than 140 countries and territories make up a student population of over 23,000, including 11,747 undergraduates and 11,687 postgraduates.

More than half of undergraduates are studying for degrees in the humanities and social sciences, and 44 per cent in the medical, mathematical, physical and life sciences. The remainder are studying for undergraduate-level diplomas and certificates offered by the Department for Continuing Education.

Oxford was ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. It offers more than 350 different graduate degree programmes. Five percent of all the UK’s graduate research students are studying at Oxford University, and according to the Research Excellence Framework, the official UK-wide assessment of all university research, Oxford has the largest volume of world-leading research in the country.

The tutorial is at the core of undergraduate teaching and learning at Oxford. It offers students a unique learning experience in which they meet regularly with their tutor, either on a one-to-one basis or with one or two other students.  Undergraduates attend, on average, one hour-long tutorial every week and undertake a considerable number of hours’ preparatory work for each tutorial, including background reading, essay-writing and problem-solving.

The university has 38 independent and self-governing colleges, and 6 permanent private halls. The collegiate system is at the heart of the university’s success, giving students and academics the benefits of belonging to both a large, internationally renowned institution and to a small, interdisciplinary academic community.  Colleges bring together leading academics and students across subjects and year groups, and from different cultures and countries.  All colleges accept both men and women. The university’s oldest colleges are Balliol College, University College and Merton College, all of which were established by the 13th century.

Oxford’s academic staff come from almost 100 different countries and territories. The largest groups of international academic staff are from the USA, Germany, Italy, China, Australia, France, Ireland, India and Canada. The university, including the colleges and Oxford University Press, is the largest employer in Oxfordshire, supporting around 17,000 jobs and injecting more than £750 million annually into the regional economy.

Other Oxford University Awards and Rankings

  • Oxford’s academic community includes more than 90 Fellows of the Royal Society and around 100 Fellows of the British Academy.
    In 2020, six Oxford professors were elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.
  • The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics was jointly awarded to Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for their work on black holes. Roger Penrose is Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, and emeritus fellow of Wadham College, Oxford.
  • In 2020 ten Oxford academics from the Humanities and Social Sciences divisions were awarded British Academy fellowships.
  • Oxford University has won ten Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher Education, more than any other university. The most recent prize was awarded to the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in 2015.
  • In the THE subject rankings for 2020, Oxford is, for the ninth year running, ranked first in the world for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health subjects. It is also ranked first in the world for Computer Science and second in the world and first in the UK for Social Sciences; third in the world and first in the UK for Business and Economics; third in the world and second in the UK for Life Sciences; third in the world and second in the UK for Arts and Humanities and fourth in the world and second in the UK for Law. Also, first in the UK for Education and second in the UK for Physical Sciences and Engineering and Technology.
  • Oxford is ranked first in the world in Arts and Humanities and second in the world in Life Sciences and Medicine in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020. It ranks fourth for Social Sciences and Management, fifth for Natural Science, and sixth for Engineering and Technology.
  • Oxford is ranked fifth in the world in the QS World Rankings (2021), the highest ranked university from the UK.
    For a second time, Oxford University received the University of the Year award from The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.
  • Oxford University topped The Best UK Universities 2021 league table in The Guardian and was ranked second overall in the Complete University Guide, University League Tables 2021.