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Physics and Philosophy

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All candidates must follow the application procedure as shown in how to apply.  The information below gives specific details for students applying for this course.

Application information

If your application for Physics and Philosophy is unsuccessful you will be considered for Physics. If you do not want to considered for Physics please make this clear at interview.

Written work 

You do not need to submit any written work when you apply for this course.

Written test

All candidates must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT), normally at their own school or college, on 5 November 2014. Separate registration for this test is required and the final deadline for entries is 15 October 2014. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are registered for this test. See www.patoxford.org.uk for further details.

What are tutors looking for?

Philosophy is not usually taught in British schools, but anyone who has an interest in general questions about the nature of science, mathematics, mind, knowledge, or truth has an interest in philosophy. No more than that is needed – you are not disadvantaged if you have not studied philosophy before. During the interview, Philosophy tutors will be looking for a critical and analytical approach to abstract questions and an ability to defend a point of view by reasoned argument.

The Physics tutors will ask you the same style of questions about mathematics and physics as they ask Physics applicants, to determine your mathematical and problem-solving ability and potential for further study (see the Physics page, p 106, and website for further information).

Selection criteria

Candidates may wish to refer to the selection criteria for for Physics and for Philosophy.

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