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Teaching

As a graduate student at Oxford you will belong to an academic department which provides your teaching and supervision and exceptional resources to support your studies. 

Each department has its own academic community, dedicated to advancing knowledge in particular subject areas. Departments often work together on teaching joint courses and interdisciplinary research projects.

Teaching and learning formats at Oxford

High quality, focussed, and shorter than taught courses in many countries, an Oxford masters course facilitates students' swift career progression. This is achieved in part through the close working relationships between supervisors and students, and small group teaching.

Teaching styles, formats and frequency of contact with tutors varies between courses. All courses require the student to take on a significant amount of independent study, and this will normally be alongside a framework of seminars and lectures. 

For example, teaching on the one-year MSc in Environmental Change and Management at the School of Geography and Environment is spread across core modules, elective courses, field trips and hands-on workshops which provide specialist training. However, the MSc in Neuroscience offered by Oxford Neuroscience includes extended research projects following introductions to neuroscience and research methods.

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