Sample department timetables

Oxford students are not only members of a college, but also members of a department with access to libraries and facilities. Depending on the course you choose, you would usually have your lectures and do any laboratory work in your department with students from other colleges.

Open Days offer a rare opportunity to visit departments and meet tutors and current students as well as attend events.

On this page are the department programmes for the September 2022 Open Day, as an example. If events become full, priority is given to prospective students.

Students walking to a lecture

Archaeology and Anthropology

Where: Institute of Archaeology, 1 South Parks Road, OX1 3TG
When: 09:30–15:00
Tours throughout
09:30–14:00: Meet the tutors and students
11:00–11:30: Taster lecture
14:00–15:00: Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford talk
15:00–15:30: Student-led tours of the Pitt Rivers Museum


Where: Department of Biochemistry, South Parks Rd, OX1 3QU (entrance from Sherrington Road)
When: 10:00–15:00
10:15–11:00, 10:30–11:15,  11:15–12:00 and 11:30–12:15: Biochemistry at Oxford talk
10:30–12:00: Meet the tutors
10:30–12:00: Research demonstrations
11:45 and 12:00: Guided tours to colleges (sign up on the day)
14:00–14:45: Meet the tutors panel talk

Where: Biochemistry Teaching Labs, 11a Mansfield Road, OX1 3SZ
14:00–16:00: Biochemistry lab demonstrations

Biochemistry at Oxford talk
14:00–14:45: Meet the tutors panel talk


Where: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, OX1 3PW
When: 09:00–12:30
09:00–11:00: Meet the students
10:00–10:30: Biology at Oxford talk
10:30–11:00: Admissions talk and Q&A
11:00–12:30: Meet the tutors and students 
11:30–12:00: Demonstration interview

Where: Biology Teaching Labs, 11a Mansfield Road, OX1 3SZ
When: 14:30–15:30
14:30–15:30: Meet the tutors and students
14:30–15:30: Biology lab demonstrations

Biomedical Sciences

Where: Sherrington Building, Parks Road, OX1 3PT
When: 10:00–14:00
10:30–11:00: Biomedical Sciences at Oxford talk
11:0011:30: Admissions talk


Where: Chemistry Teaching Laboratory, entrance on Mansfield Road, OX1 3PS
When: 10:00–16:00
Tours and meet tutors and students throughout
Where: Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory Lecture Theatre, South Parks Road, OX1 3QZ
11:00 – 11:45 and 15:00 – 15:45: Admissions talk and Q&A with tutors and students


including Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Ancient and Modern History, Classics and English, Classics and Modern Languages, Classics and Oriental Studies
Where: Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, OX1 3LU
When: 10:00–16:00
Tours throughout
10:00–10:45: Classics at Oxford talk (please book via department website)
11:00–11:30 and 11:30–12:00: Taster lectures (please book via department website)
12:00–14:30: Information desk
14:30–16:00: Meet the tutors and students

10:00–10:45: Classics at Oxford talk

12:00-13:00 and 14:30–16:00: Meet the tutors and students Q&A

Computer Science

Where: Department of Computer Science, Wolfson Building, OX1 3QD (entrance at 7 Keble Road)
When: 09:15–17:15
09:15–09:45: Taster lecture
09:15–09:45, 11:00–11:30 and 16:15–16:45: Day in the life of a Computer Science student
10:00–10:45 and 15:15–16:00: Computer Science at Oxford talk
10:00–10:45 and 15:15–16:00: Families, supporters and teachers talk
11:00–11:30 and 16:15–16:45: Admissions talk
11:30–12:00 and 16:45–17:15: Demonstration interview 
14:30–15:00: Introducing the Computer Science and Philosophy degree

Earth Sciences

Where: Earth Sciences Building, South Parks Road, OX1 3AN
When: 10:00–16:00
Tours throughout
10:00–11:00 and 14:30–15:30: Earth Sciences at Oxford talk
11:00–11:30 and 11:30–12:00: Taster lectures
10:00–12:00 and 14:30–16:00: Displays and demonstrations

Economics and Management

Where: Main Building, Saïd Business School, Park End Street, OX1 1HP
When: 09:00–12:00
Tours and information desk throughout
09:30–10:30 and 11:00–12:00: Economics and Management at Oxford talk

Engineering Science

Where: Thom Building, Department of Engineering Science, Parks Road, OX1 3PJ
When: 09:30–12:30 and 13:30–16:30
Lab demonstrations throughout
10:00–10:30 and 15:00–15:30: Meet the students
10:00–10:30 and 15:00–15:30: Families and supporters talk
11:00–11:30, 11:15–11:45, 14:00–14:30 and 14:15–14:45: Taster lectures

English Language and Literature

including all English joint courses
Where: English Faculty, St Cross Building, OX1 3UL
When: 10:00–16:00
10:10–10:40, 10:50–11:20 and 14:40– 15:10: Mini taster lectures
11:30–12:30: English at Oxford talk and demonstration interview
14:00–14:30: Admissions Q&A
15:20–15:50: Joint courses Q&A

Fine Art

Where: Ruskin School of Art, 74 High Street, OX1 4BG
When: 10:00–13:00
Self-guided tours 

Where: Ruskin School of Art, 128 Bullingdon Road, OX4 1QP
When: 14:00–17:00
15:00–16:30: Fine Art at Oxford talk with Q&A (book via department website)
Tours available before and after talk

 Fine Art at Oxford talk with Q&A (book via department website)


Where: Dyson Perrins Building, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, OX1 3QY
When: 10:00–15:00
10:00–15:00: Information desk
10:00–11:00: Exploring Geography
11:00–12:00: Geography at Oxford talk


including all joint courses with History
Where: Open Day Information Centre, Examination Schools, 75–81 High Street, OX1 4BG
When: 09:00–13:00
09:00–11:00: Admissions Q&A drop-in
11:00: Taster lecture (prospective students only)
12:00-13:00: Drop-in Q&A

Human Sciences

Where: Institute of Human Sciences, The Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, OX2 6QS
When: 10:00–17:00
Tours throughout
10:00–11:00: Human Sciences at Oxford and admissions talk
11:00–12:00: Taster lecture


Where: Law Faculty, St Cross Building (corner of Manor and St Cross Roads), St Cross Road, OX1 3UL
When: 10:00–12:00 and 14:30–16:30
12.00–14:30Library tours (prospective students only)
10:00–11:00 and 14:30–15:30: Law at Oxford talk
11:00–11:30 and 15:30–16:00: Meet the students
11:30–12:00 and 16:00–16:30: Taster lecture

Materials Science

Where: Hume–Rothery Building, Department of Materials, Parks Road, OX1 3PH
When: 09:00–15:00
09:10–09:55: Taster lecture
10:00–11:00 and 11:30–12:00: Department tours (booked on the day on a first come, first served basis – prospective students only)
11:00–11:30: Materials Science at Oxford talk
11:30–12:00: Meet the tutors and students, with refreshments


Where: Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, OX2 6GG
When: 09:30–14:30
09:30–10:00: Meet the tutors
10:00–10:30 and 14:00–14:30: Mathematics at Oxford talk
10:30–11:00: Maths and Statistics at Oxford talk
14:30–15:00: Maths and Philosophy at Oxford talk


Where: Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, South Parks Road, OX1 3PL
When: 09:30–12:30 and 14:00–16:30
Tours throughout
10:00–10:15 and 14:30–14:45: Welcome talk
10:15–10:55 and 14:45–15:25: Medicine at Oxford talk
11:00–11:25 and 15:30–15:55: Demonstration interview
11:30–12:00 and 16:00-16:25: Meet the students

Modern Languages

Where: Main Hall, Taylor Institution, St Giles’, OX1 3NA
When: 10:30–15:30
09:30, 09:55, 12:45, 13:30 and 13:55: Library tours (20 mins, Max 15 per tour. Tours start from St Giles’ entrance hall)
10:30–11:30 and 14:30–15:30: Modern Languages at Oxford talk
11:30–12:30: Meet the tutors


Where: Faculty of Music Building, St Aldate’s, OX1 1DB
When: 09:30–17:00
Tours: 09:30–10:00, 11:30–12:00 and 16:30–17:00
10:00–10:45 and 15:45–16:30: Music at Oxford talk
10:45–11:30: Meet the students
11:30–12:00: Taster lecture
14:30–15:30: Meet the tutors

Oriental Studies*

Where: Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, OX1 2LE
When: 10:00–12:00
10:00–10:30: Oriental Studies at Oxford talk (Please book via department website)
10:30–11:00: Meet the tutors: subject introduction
11:00–11:30: Meet the tutors: taster lecture and language demonstration
11:30–12:00: Meet the students
Recently renamed as the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


You can study Philosophy at Oxford only in conjunction with another subject or other subjects: Classics, Computer Science, Linguistics (as part of PPL – see Psychology), Mathematics, Modern Languages, Politics and Economics (PPE), Physics, Psychology (as part of PPL), or Theology and Religion. Please visit the Open Day events for these other subjects to find out about joint honours courses involving Philosophy.

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

Where: Manor Road Building, Manor Road, OX1 3UQ
When: 10:00–16:00
Information desk staffed by tutors and students throughout
10:00-10:45, 11:00-11:45, 14:45-15:30 and 15:45-16:30: PPE at Oxford talk (book via department website)


Where: Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, OX1 3RH
When: 10:00–16:00
Information desk staffed by tutors throughout

Psychology (Experimental)

including Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics (PPL)
Where: Open Day Information Centre, Examination Schools, 75–81 High Street, OX1 4BG
When: 10:00–16:00
10:00–10:30 and 14:30–15:00: Psychology at Oxford and admissions talk
10:30–11:15: Meet the tutors and students
11:15–11:45: The PPL course at Oxford
11:45–14:30: Drop-in with admissions tutor and students
15:00–16:00: Presentation and Q&A from students

Theology and Religion

Where: Gibson Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, OX2 6GG
When: 10:00–16:00
Tours throughout
10:00–11:00: Theology and Religion at Oxford talk
11:00–12.00: Taster lecture
12:00–14:30: Meet the tutors and students
14:30–15:30: Taster session (Hebrew)
14:30–15:30: Families and supporters Q&A