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Course List

St Peter's is proud to offer one of the broadest range of subjects for study within the University, with over 30 courses in everything from Archaeology to Zoology.

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Drawing on well over a century of experience in teaching and research, outstanding museum and library resources, and the cumulative knowledge of literally dozens of academics, Oxford’s Archaeology and Anthropology course offers a comprehensive guide to the richness and diversity of human cultural experience throughout space and time.

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Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at Oxford is a four-year course, resulting in an MBiochem degree. The Oxford Biochemistry department is one of the largest in Europe, with sub-departments in Cell and Chromosome Biology, Genes and Development, Molecular Biophysics, Molecular and Systems Biochemistry and Glycobiology.

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The biological sciences degree course at Oxford is jointly run by the Department of Zoology and Department of Plant Sciences. It covers all aspects of biology ranging from molecular and cell biology through to disease, ecology, evolution and behaviour.

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Chemistry at Oxford is a four year course leading to the degree of M. Chem. (with honours). The course provides a high level education in the subject with sufficient flexibility to enable students to specialise in the areas of greatest interest to them and also to venture into overlapping scientific disciplines.

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The Earth Sciences course at Oxford can be taken over three years, leading to a BA in Geology, or to a MEarthSc degree after four years. The combination of lectures, practical classes, tutorials and field trips, provides an unrivalled education in the Earth Sciences.

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Economics can be studied at Oxford only in combination with Management, History or as part of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) course.

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This course provides an insight into the world of business and economics, at both the level of the whole economy and government, and also from the perspective of individual organisations.

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The Engineering Science course at Oxford covers all major engineering disciplines (civil, mechanical, electrical, electronic, chemical, biomedical, robotics, etc.) and is accredited by all the major institutions. Students pursue a broad core course in the first two and a half years, giving them a strong theoretical grounding in all areas of engineering.

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The English course at St Peter’s covers the entire history of English literature, from Caedmon to Kazuo Ishiguro, and it includes literature in English from around the world. We encourage our students to read as broadly as possible, and to use their time at college to think and be curious about the world of books and ideas.

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This combination is ideal for those with a strong interest in Western literature and languages, developing practical linguistic skills in one of the seven modern European languages offered at St Peter's, as well as giving an opportunity to study a wide range of literature from both that language and from English.

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The Oxford Geography course is distinctive in its emphasis on the relationship between human society and the environment, while still allowing students to specialise, according to their interests, in either physical or human areas of the subject. Course options range from biogeography, climate change or landscapes to social, economic or political geography.

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The Oxford History course offers over a hundred options, spanning more than 1500 years, but the tutorial system allows students to specialise in depth in subjects of their own choosing. Interdisciplinary approaches and insights from archaeology, anthropology and economics are encouraged.

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There are obvious connections between the two disciplines of History and Economics: not only have the events of the past been influenced by the economic conditions of the time, but economists can also use the past to inform their investigations of the present. This course allows students to develop their understanding of both fields, and to appreciate the links between the two.

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This course encourages students to think critically about how we define ‘history’ and ‘literature’, and about how the two disciplines interrelate and in large measure overlap. Close attention is given to changing methodologies, to the nature of evidence, and to the style of argument.

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The richness and variety of the cultural and intellectual topics that are available at Oxford make this a stimulating and exciting course, enabling language, literature and culture to be related to their historical contexts. The degree takes four years to complete, since students spend their third year abroad in the country of the language studied.

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History and Politics is an ideal course for those whose interest in history lies in the contemporary world, and in the development and workings of government. The two disciplines inform each other, allowing students to develop an understanding of present and past events.

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History of Art students take part in a world-class, closely-knit department, which combines the strengths of the unique tutorial system of teaching with high-level exposure to art works from Antiquity to the present. Superb resources and collections provide a particularly rich environment for the study of art in Oxford.

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The Oxford Law course, leading to the BA in Jurisprudence, not only gives students a broad education in the theory of Law, but also gives an opportunity to develop skills in legal argument, requiring students to draw on moral, philosophical, social, historical, economic and other ideas.

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Management can only be studied at St Peter's as part of the Economics and Management course, which is a very flexible course allowing students to develop their interests in a wide range of either Economics or Management options.

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This course requires students to develop skills of mathematical rigour, logic and abstraction, and to gain an understanding of the foundations as well as building techniques for solving concrete problems. They can study applications of mathematics ranging from physics and engineering through biology to communication theory, statistics, finance and actuarial science.

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Mathematics and Philosophy is an ideal subject for those who love maths, but who don’t love maths quite enough to do nothing else for the next three or four years. Or for those who love philosophy, but who crave a little bit of certainty every now and then.

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Statistics is a subject of wide importance in many areas of science, medicine, finance, operational research, business and government. This course allows students to combine the strengths of the Oxford Mathematics degree with the possibility of specifically pursuing statistics and probability in depth.

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Medical training at Oxford is open to school leavers who take a six year course (UCAS A100 BMBCh) or to science graduates who follow a four year accelerated course (UCAS A101 BMBCh4). Students on the six year course take the first five terms to gain their pre-clinical qualification. The next four terms are spent working towards an honours degree in Medical Sciences.

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Modern Languages gives students the chance to study the major European languages, and the literature, culture and thought of the nations in which they are spoken. The course is for those keen to acquire advanced foreign language skills, both spoken and written, and to open their minds to new cultural and intellectual horizons.

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Music is at the heart of St Peter’s. As a scholarly discipline it has been taught at Oxford for many centuries, and a link with this long tradition is apparent in the core subjects of Analysis, Techniques of Composition (stylistically-based harmony and counterpoint) and History of Music.

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Philosophy is the general study of reality and our relationship to it. It seeks an understanding of many everyday concepts such as cause, mind, good and bad, object, fact, truth, right and wrong, appearance and reality, number, reason...

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Studying Philosophy with a modern language introduces you to some of the most important approaches to understanding language, literature and ideas. Much of philosophy is concerned with nuances of meaning, understanding, interpretation and grammar, and many important philosophical texts which were not originally written in English have lost some of their intended meaning in translation.

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The Oxford PPE course has a long-established international reputation and is supported by more than 200 teachers and scholars across the University. It has a very flexible structure, allowing students to study all three branches throughout their degree or to specialise in two of them after the first year.

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This course combines the analytical rigour of philosophy with the historical, textual, literary-critical and sociological concerns of theology. It is constructed in the belief that the parallel study of these related disciplines provides new perspectives on each, leading to deeper understanding.

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Physics at Oxford offers both a strong theoretical grounding in fundamentals, and opportunities to develop practical skills in research, over either a three-year BA course (Course I), or a four-year MPhys course (Course II), which includes a research project. You will investigate the workings of the Universe from the very large scales of Astrophysics, to the minute scales of elementary particles.

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What are space and time? What are scientific laws? What if there wasn’t a Big Bang? Combining philosophy with physics gives you ample opportunity to think about the nature of the universe and your place in it, in a rigorous and demanding degree which will extend your knowledge and develop your reasoning skills.

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Politics can be studied at Oxford only as part of the Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) course or in combination with History.

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This course combines the historical, textual, literary-critical and sociological concerns of theology and the study of religion with advanced training in a language to study Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Judaism through its primary canonical texts. With this combination, students are able to study religion as a historical phenomenon as well as focus on the scriptures of a particular religious tradition.

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The study of Theology and Religion develops skills in many different areas of humanities, including philosophy, history, language, and literary and textual criticism. The Oxford course attracts students from a great variety of intellectual and religious or non-religious backgrounds.

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