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Human Sciences

Human Sciences is arguably the most diverse course in Oxford, involved with both biology and social sciences, giving students understanding in a wide range of disciplines.
βŒ›οΈLast updated: July 6, 2020, 1 p.m.

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to Human Sciences.

Overview

Overview πŸ”— Most information about the subject can be found on its course page.

Faculty website πŸ”— 🌟 There is also a lot of information on the faculty site, including links to introductory reading on the right, but also real handbooks which contain more detail on the lecture content of recent years.

Alternative Prospectus πŸ”— 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 an Human Sciences student is like, compared to official materials.

More

Blog post πŸ”— 🌟 A blog post from That Oxford Girl on what it’s like to study Human Sciences at Oxford:

Course handbook πŸ”— This contains more information about the optional modules within the course and opportunities for specialisation.

Application Resources

General admissions information πŸ”— General information on applying to Human Sciences can be found on the Oxford Website, along with interview information πŸ”—

Reading Lists πŸ”— These are the reading lists for the papers that first-years take. Don’t be intimidated by how long they are; they’re intended to be worked through over the course of a full academic year, and honestly no one reads everything anyway.

FAQ πŸ”— 🌟 Some useful answers to common questions about the application process.

Thinking Skills Assessment information πŸ”— Human sciences has an admissions test, the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), which is non-subject specific. It is worth knowing that the TSA is especially hard to prepare for, and your score is unlikely to change over practising. However, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the test format and the type of questions, as well as practising this to time (on the β€˜How do I prepare’ section there are papers to do this.) Furthermore, the essay section of the TSA has been deemed less important than the question section. The Human Sciences department have said they do not consider the essays when deciding who to invite to interview.

Interview advice πŸ”— The interview for Human Sciences is much more about how you think, rather than expecting any previous knowledge. Due to there being no compulsory A Level subjects, the questions that are asked do not require you to already know something, but for you to talk through your thought process. It is quite likely, however, to be asked questions about things you mentioned in your personal statement, so it is worth familiarising yourself with anything you discussed before.

InsideUni Human Sciences interview experiences πŸ”— 🌟 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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