Interior of the Biochemistry Building
Interior of the Biochemistry Building
Credit: Greg Smolonski. This image comes from Oxford University Images

Divisions

 

The University has four divisions - consisting of departments, faculties and schools - within which teaching and research take place. Research also takes place in the Department for Continuing Education, and in the museums, libraries and gardens.

Humanities

Oxford is at the forefront of Humanities research internationally. Our research is diverse, from ancient and classical civilizations, to the intersection between humanities and neuroscience. Professor Shearer West is the Head of the Humanities Division. Watch a short video:

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Humanities faculties and research centres

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Our world-leading researchers make fundamental discoveries and apply cutting-edge knowledge to the major societal challenges of the day: developing new energy solutions or improved cancer treatments; and understanding climate change processes and preserving biodiversity. Professor Alex Halliday is Head of the Mathematical, Physical & Life Sciences Division. Watch a short video:

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MPLS departments

Medical Sciences

We are an internationally recognized centre of excellence for biomedical and clinical research. World-leading programmes, housed in state-of-the-art facilities, cover the full range of scientific endeavour from the molecule to the population. Professor Alastair Buchan is Head of the Medical Sciences Division. Watch a short video:

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Medical Sciences departments

Social Sciences

We have the largest grouping of social sciences in the UK. Our research develops a greater understanding of all aspects of society, from the impact of political, legal and economic systems on social and economic welfare to human rights and security. Professor Roger Goodman is Head of the Social Sciences Division. Watch a short video:

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Social Sciences departments