June 2024 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 June 2024 Open Days. If events become full, priority is given to prospective students.


Archaeology and Anthropology

Where: Institute of Archaeology, 1 South Parks Road, OX1 3TG
Map reference: C4
When: 09:30–15:00
09:30–15:00: 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

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Where: Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Pusey Lane, OX1 2LE
Map reference: B5
When: 10:00–12:00
10:00–10:30: 'Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford' talk, with Q&A (Please book via the faculty website)
10:30–11:30: Meet the tutors: may include subject introduction, taster lecture and language demonstration depending on the subject. (Please check the detailed programmes on the faculty website beforehand. Some subject groups may not participate in all Open Days.)
11:30–12:00: Meet the students


Where: Department of Biochemistry, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Building, South Parks Road, OX1 3QU (entrance from Sherrington Road)
Map reference: C4
When: 10:00–15:00 
10:00–10:45, 10:30–11:15, 11:00–11:45 and 11:30–12:15: Biochemistry at Oxford talk
10:30–12:00: Meet the tutors & students (drop-in)
11:45 and 12:00: College tours leaving from the department (sign up on the day)
14:00–14:45: Meet the tutors Q&A panel (27 June only)
Café open to the public

Where: Biochemistry Teaching Labs, 11b Mansfield Road, OX1 3SZ
Map reference: D4
14:00–16:00: Biochemistry lab demonstrations

Where: Online
Biochemistry at Oxford talk
14:00–14:45: Meet the tutors Q&A panel (27 June only)


Where: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, OX1 3PW
Map reference: C4
When: 09:00–12:30
09:00–10:00: Meet the academics and students
10:00–10:40: Course, admissions and careers talk
10:40–11:00: Demonstration interview and Q&A
11:00–11:30: Meet the academics and students 
Café open to the public

Where: Biology Teaching Laboratory, 11a Mansfield Road, OX1 3SZ
Map reference: D4
When: 11:00–12:30
11:00–12:30: Meet the academics and students
11:00–12:30: Open laboratory tour

Biomedical Sciences

Where: Sherrington Building, Parks Road, OX1 3PT
Map reference: C4
When: 09:45–14:00
10:00–10:30: Biomedical Sciences at Oxford talk
10:30-11:00: Admissions Essentials
10:30-11:00: Biomedical Sciences at Oxford talk
11:00-11:30: Biomedical Sciences at Oxford talk
11:00-11:30: Admissions Essentials
11:30-12:00: Admissions Essentials


Where: Chemistry Research Laboratory, 12 Mansfield Road, OX1 3TA
Map reference: D4
When: 10:00–16:00
Tours throughout

Where: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, South Parks Road, OX1 3QR
Map reference: C4
11:00 – 11:45 and 15:00 – 15:45: Admissions talk/Q&A. Topics: Admissions, the course and student life. 


Including Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Ancient and Modern History, Classics and English, Classics and Modern Languages, Classics and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Where: Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, OX1 3LU
Map reference: B5
When: 10:00–15:30
10:00–11:00: Admissions talk/Q&A 
11:00–11:30: Taster lecture *
11:30-12:00: Taster lecture *
13:00–15:30: Meet the tutors and students
*For taster lecture titles, visit the Faculty of Classics website.

Computer Science

Where: Department of Computer Science, Wolfson Building, OX1 3QD (entrance at 7 Keble Road)
Map reference: B4
When: 09:00–17:00
Meet the students throughout
09:00-09:45, 10:45-11:30, 14:30–15:15 and 16:15-17:00: Computer Science at Oxford talk
10:00-10:30 and 15:30-16:00: Demonstration interview
10:00–10:30: Taster lecture 
10:45–11:30: Computer Science meets Philosophy 
11:30-12:00 and 14:00-14:30: Meet the tutors

Earth Sciences

Where: Earth Sciences Building, South Parks Road, OX1 3AN
Map reference: C4
When: 10:00–16:00
10:00-12:00 and 14:00–16:00: 
Displays, demonstrations and drop-in tours
10:00–10:30: An introduction to Earth Sciences
10:30-11:00: Q&A for students
10:30-11:00: Q&A for families and supporters
11:00–12:00: Taster lecture - Rapid Research Talks
14:30-15:30: An introduction to Earth Sciences
15:00-15:30: Q&A for students, families and supporters

Economics and Management

Where: Main Building, Saïd Business School, Park End Street, OX1 1HP
Map reference: A5
When: 08:45–12:00
08:45-09:30: Welcome and refreshments
09:00, 10:30 and 12:00: Tour of Saïd Business School
09:30 and 11:00: Economics and Management at Oxford talk
10:30-11:00: Refreshments
10:30-11:00: Meet the students
11:00-12:00: Economics and Management at Oxford talk
www.economics.ox.ac.uk / www.sbs.ox.ac.uk

Engineering Science

Where: Thom Building, Department of Engineering Science, Parks Road, OX1 3PJ
Map reference: B4
When: 09:30–16:00
Drop-in tours and student ambassadors available throughout
09:45-12:30 and 13:30-16:00: Meet the tutors
09:45-12:30 and 13:30-16:00: Admissions information desk
09:45-12:30 and 13:30-16:00: Laboratory demonstrations (open to all)
09:45-12:30 and 13:30-16:00: Demonstration room and meet the researchers
10:00-10:30 and 15:00-15:45: Families and supporters talk/Q&A
10:00–10:30 and 15:00–15:45: Meet the students
10:30–12:30 and 13:45–16:00: Subject sessions
10:30 - 11:00: Electrical engineering taster lecture
11:00 - 11:30: Civil engineering taster lecture
11:30 - 12:00: Biomedical engineering taster lecture 
12:00 - 12:30: Biomaterials engineering taster lecture
13:45 - 14:15: Mechanical engineering taster lecture 
14:15 - 14:45: Robotics taster lecture

English Language and Literature

Including all English joint courses
Where: English Faculty, St Cross Building, OX1 3UL
Map reference: D4
When: 09:30–16:00
10:00–10:30, 10:40–11:10 and 15:20–15:50: Taster lecture
11:20–12:00 and 14:30-15:10: English at Oxford talk 
15:20–15:50: Joint courses session

Fine Art

Where: Ruskin School of Art, 128 Bullingdon Road, OX4 1QP
When: 10:00–14:00
10:00, 10:30, 12:30, 13:00 and 13:30: Department tour
11:00: Fine Art at Oxford talk and admissions talk/Q&A (book via Ruskin website)


Where: School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, OX1 3QY
Map reference: C4
When: 10:00–15:00
10:00–15:00: Information and drop-in Q&A with staff and current students
10:30–12:00: Geography at Oxford talk


Including all joint courses with History
Where: Open Day Information Centre, Examination Schools, 75–81 High Street, OX1 4BG
Map reference: D6
When: 09:00–13:00
09:00–09:45: Drop in Q&A with staff and students
09:45–11:00: History at Oxford talk including a taster lecture (prospective students only)
11:00-13:00: Drop in Q&A with staff and students

History of Art

Where: Examinations Schools, 75-81 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BG 
When: 09.30-11:40 Thursday 27 June only 
09.30 - 10:30: Welcome and introduction to the BA History of Art: Admissions and Careers Information
10:40 - 11:40: Talk and Q&A session about the BA History of Art with teaching staff and students
Please visit the History of Art website for booking information.

Human Sciences

Where: Institute of Human Sciences, The Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, OX2 6QS
Map reference: B2
When: 10:00–17:00
Tours throughout
Meet students and staff (drop in)
10:00–11:00: Human Sciences at Oxford talk
10:00–11:00: Admissions talk/Q&A
11:00–12:00: Taster lecture: 'The Environment and Climate Change: An Interdisciplinary Perspective'


Where: Law Faculty, St Cross Building (corner of Manor and St Cross Roads), St Cross Road, OX1 3UL
Map reference: D4
When: 10:00–16:30
Student ambassadors available throughout.
10:00–11:00 and 14:30–15:30: Admissions talk/Q&A*
11:1512:00 and 15:4516:30: Taster lecture*
*Students will be given priority seating - maximum capacity 200
Information about Bodleian Law Library tours can be found on the Museums, Libraries and other venues page.

Materials Science

Where: Hume–Rothery Building, Department of Materials, 16 Parks Road, OX1 3PH
Map reference: B3 
When: 09:00–15:00
09:10–09:55: Taster lecture
10:00–11:00 and 11:30–12:00: Department tours (book on the day, first come first served)
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
Map reference: B3
When: 10:00–16:00
10:00–10:30 and 15:00-15:30: Mathematics at Oxford talk
10:30–11:00: Admissions talk/Q&A
11:00-11:30: Pure Maths taster lecture 
12:00-12:30: Applied Maths taster lecture 
14:00-14:30: Probability and Statistics taster lecture
14:30–15:00: Maths and Philosophy taster lecture
No booking required, first come first served with priority given to prospective students
Café open to the public


Where: Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, South Parks Road, OX1 3PL
Map reference: D4
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 and How to Apply
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: Taylor Institution, St Giles’, OX1 3NA
Map reference: B5
When: 10:15–15:30
09:15, 09:40, 13:45 and 14:10: Library tours (20 minutes; maximum 15 people per tour, allocated on first come, first served basis. Tours start from St Giles' entrance hall)
10:00–11:00 and 14:30–15:30: Modern Languages at Oxford talk, followed by Q&A
11:15 - 12:15: Meet the tutors (French and Spanish only - tutors for other courses will be available at 47 Wellington Square)

Where: 47 Wellington Square, OX1 2ER
11:15–12:15: Meet the tutors (excluding French and Spanish tutors - please see above)


Where: Faculty of Music Building, St Aldates, OX1 1DB
Map reference: C7
When: 09:30–17:00
Wednesday timetable
09:30–10:00 and 16:30–17:00: Department tours
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
Thursday timetable
10:00–10:45 and 16:30–17:00: Department tours
09:00–10:00 and 15:45–16:30: Music at Oxford talk
10:45–11:30: Meet the students
11:30–12:00 and 16:30–17:30: Taster lecture 
14:30–15:30: Meet the tutors


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
Map reference: E4
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 (booking required)


Where: Martin Wood Complex, Parks Road, OX1 3PU
Map reference: C4
When: 10:00–16:00
Self-guided tours of the teaching laboratories throughout
10:15-11:15 and 15:00-16:00: Admissions talk/Q&A
11:30-12:30: Preparing for the Physics Admissions Test (PAT)
14:00-15:00: Taster lecture
14:00-15:00: Families, supporters and teachers talk/Q&A

Psychology (Experimental)

including Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics (PPL)
Where: Open Day Information Centre, Examination Schools, 75–81 High Street, OX1 4BG
Map reference: D6
When: 10:00–16:00
10:00–10:30 and 14:30–15:00: Psychology (Experimental) at Oxford talk
10:30–11:15: Meet the tutors and students
11:15–11:45: Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics (PPL) at Oxford talk
11:45–14:30: Drop-in with admissions tutor and students
15:00–16:00: Student presentations and Q&A 

Theology and Religion

Where: Top floor, Gibson Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, OX2 6GG
Map reference: A3
When: 09:30–16:00
10:00–11:00: Theology and Religion at Oxford talk
11:00–12.00: The intersection of Science and Theology taster lecture
14:30–15:30: Hebrew for beginners taster subject session 
14:30–15:30: Families, friends and supporters talk/Q&A