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Computer Science and Philosophy

An interesting combination of one of the newest science courses and the oldest humanity course. Study Quantum Information alongside Aristotle, achieving one of the broadest domains available at Oxford
⌛️Last updated: July 7, 2020, 12:54 p.m.

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to Computer Science and Philosophy.

Overview

Overview 🔗 A good overview of the course with an outline of its structure, entry requirements, and more.

Course structure 🔗 🌟 More information on the structure of the course is available here.

Alternative Prospectus 🔗 This is an unofficial prospectus put together by the Oxford Student Union; it’s written based on students’ perspectives and gives a better sense of what the day-to-day experience as a Computer Sciences and Philosophy student is like, compared to official materials.

More

‘Computer Science and Philosophy at Oxford University’ 🔗 🌟 A general summary of the course, officially produced by the University.

Peter Millican’s website 🔗 A description of the course by the founding tutor, Peter Millican

‘Philosophy and Society: A Computational Future | Peter Millican | TEDxOxford’ 🔗 A speech by Peter Milican on why his course is important.

‘Philosophy/PPE Tutorial‘ 🔗 Two students and a tutor at St John’s College demonstrating what a tutorial in Philosophy looks like. Interviews may not be like this, but it gives a good flavour of how the tutor/tutee relationship can be.

Application Resources

Computer Science admissions page 🔗 Check out the Maths Admissions Test (MAT) and Interview tabs on the left hand side, as well as the student experiences.

Maths Admissions Test information 🔗 All applicants for Computer Science courses are required to take the Maths Admissions Test (MAT).

Specific admissions advice for philosophy 🔗 🌟 Quite brief, but accurate advice.


Philosophy recommended reading
🔗 🌟 These are suggestions only - getting a taste for philosophy is the important thing. Certainly do not aim to read everything on the list, but don’t be afraid to read other materials either.

Philosophy FAQs 🔗 🌟 These FAQs are on undergraduate Philosophy at Oxford in general. The answers are clear and detailed, and #20 gives some further reading suggestions.

Example interview questions 🔗 These are for guidance only. Remember that it is very unlikely that these exact questions will come up in your interview, but they should give you an idea of what sort of questions to expect.

InsideUni Computer Science and Philosophy interview experiences 🔗 🌟 Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. We’re biased, but we think they’re useful!

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