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Most/least competitive course at Oxford?

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    A while ago I stumbled across a list of undergraduate courses at Oxford in order of competitiveness. I've been trying to find it again, and trawled through my browser's history, but can't seem to find it anywhere. :mad:

    Does anyone have a link to one? I seem to vaguely remember that Material Science was near the top and Law near the bottom....(order of % of successful applicants)

    Or does anyone have any unofficial opinions? :p:

    Thank you!
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    http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...ses/index.html

    The oxford website lists % of successful candidates and also those invited for interview, you could work it out from that.

    Alternatively you could look at this thread, someone asked the same question a couple of weeks ago.

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1234938

    Tis a pretty pointless question, tbh. But there we go.
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    (Original post by victoire)
    http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...ses/index.html

    The oxford website lists % of successful candidates and also those invited for interview, you could work it out from that.

    Alternatively you could look at this thread, someone asked the same question a couple of weeks ago.

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1234938

    Tis a pretty pointless question, tbh. But there we go.
    Thanks, but I was looking for a list that put them in order.
    Yes, pretty pointless I suppose, in that it's not going to change my mind. Just one of those little things that are bugging me, because I can only half remember it.
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    Detailed admissions statistics can be found here. Below is the list of all subjects sorted by success rate, high to low, for 2009 entry. Note that the numbers can change a lot from year to year, especially for smaller subjects. (Though even larger subjects can have big changes too, e.g. chem dropped from 40% to about 33% this year.)

    List as requested
    Classics & Modern Languages 48.0%
    Earth Sciences (Geology) 44.9%
    Music 43.0%
    Classics 41.2%
    Chemistry 40.5%
    Materials Science (inc. MEM) 39.7%
    Theology 36.8%
    Biochemistry 33.3%
    Archaeology and Anthropology 32.9%
    Modern Languages 31.6%
    Biological Sciences 31.4%
    Physiological Sciences 29.1%
    Mathematics & Philosophy 27.9%
    Human Sciences 27.9%
    History 27.2%
    Experimental Psychology 26.5%
    Geography 26.5%
    Oriental Studies 25.8%
    European & Middle Eastern Languages 25.5%
    Philosophy & Modern Languages 23.3%
    Mathematics & Computer Science 23.1%
    Physics 22.9%
    Engineering Science 22.1%
    Classics & English 21.7%
    English 21.6%
    Modern Languages & Linguistics 21.3%
    Philosophy & Theology 20.0%
    Mathematics 19.0%
    Classical Archaeology & Ancient History 18.9%
    Ancient & Modern History 18.8%
    PPP 18.8%
    History of Art 18.2%
    Law 17.7%
    History & Economics 17.3%
    PPE 16.5%
    English & Modern Languages 16.3%
    History & Politics 16.3%
    Physics & Philosophy 16.3%
    History & Modern Languages 15.2%
    Mathematics & Statistics 13.9%
    Fine Art 12.9%
    Computer Science 12.7%
    Medicine 12.1%
    EEM 11.4%
    Law/LSE 9.3%
    Economics & Management 7.9%
    History & English 7.6%
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    norse and anglo saxon studies is something like 0.9 applicants per place or something ridiculous like that lol
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    Medicine for international students was around 2% (this is to do with NHS funding - priority on domestic students).
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    (Original post by CocoPop)
    Medicine for international students was around 2% (this is to do with NHS funding - priority on domestic students).
    Yes, the university can only accepted half a dozen or so international medics a year.
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    (Original post by BJack)
    (Original post by CocoPop)
    Medicine for international students was around 2% (this is to do with NHS funding - priority on domestic students).
    Yes, the university can only accepted half a dozen or so international medics a year.
    Doesn't the data suggest it's more that international applicants to medicine are weaker rather than the quota being a limiting factor..?

    6 quota places (though elsewhere on the website it says 7) but only 4 they thought were worth offers in 2009, AFAIK that trend of not using up the quota was shown in other years previously too.


    (Original post by University of Oxford Medical School)

    http://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/med...lin/statistics
    International applicants

    There were 202 international applicants. Following short-listing, which is conducted in line with quota imposed on the Medical School by the UK Government for the available international quota places, 4 candidates received an offer.

    [Prospective candidates are reminded that the Medical School is required by the Higher Education Funding Council to limit the number of international (non-EU) medical students admitted to six each year - see our page for international applicants]
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/...subject-tables

    something like this? Seems to be the exact thing you've asked for.
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    (Original post by AnonymousPenguin)
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/...subject-tables

    something like this? Seems to be the exact thing you've asked for.
    that's perfect, thank you. exactly what i was looking for
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    (Original post by bluesky42)
    that's perfect, thank you. exactly what i was looking for
    What was wrong with my post? :hmmm:

    I spent ages writing it out.
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    (Original post by bluesky42)
    that's perfect, thank you. exactly what i was looking for
    Yeah, actually BJack's post has the most recently updated list of admission rates (from the 2009 admissions stats file). You'll find that the one on the Guardian is a bit outdated.
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    (Original post by BJack)
    What was wrong with my post? :hmmm:

    I spent ages writing it out.

    haha, sorry, but although a lot more thorough, it went into too much detail for me, and didnt actually put the courses in order :p:

    but thank you for your time
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    (Original post by BJack)
    What was wrong with my post? :hmmm:

    I spent ages writing it out.
    Do you by any chance know when those get published every year?

    And he kind of did put them in order...
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    (Original post by bluesky42)
    haha, sorry, but although a lot more thorough, it went into too much detail for me, and didnt actually put the courses in order :p:
    :lolwut: Same level of detail as the Guardian list; all subjects in order. You can save your sticky-out tongue.

    (Original post by AnonymousPenguin)
    Do you by any chance know when those get published every year?
    No idea, but I think the latest ones (for 2009 admissions; the ones I linked to) have only recently been published. :dontknow:
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    (Original post by BJack)
    :lolwut: Same level of detail as the Guardian list; all subjects in order. You can save your sticky-out tongue.
    The link you sent me clearly has a lot more detail than the Guardian, such as lists of nationality, gender and domicile of applicant as compared to success rate whereas the latter is just one list of subjects in order of success.

    And I am yet to find the list in your document which has the subjects in order of success rate.

    As I said, thank you for your help, but the Guardian link was a lot more helpful for my purposes. And I'll save my sticky-out tongue.
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    (Original post by bluesky42)
    The link you sent me clearly has a lot more detail than the Guardian, such as lists of nationality, gender and domicile of applicant as compared to success rate whereas the latter is just one list of subjects in order of success.

    And I am yet to find the list in your document which has the subjects in order of success rate.
    So what you're saying is, you didn't bother to read the whole of my post. :eyebrow:
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    Of course, the interesting thing about these highly competitive JH courses...

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    Classics & Modern Languages 48.0%
    Mathematics & Philosophy 27.9%
    Philosophy & Modern Languages 23.3%
    Mathematics & Computer Science 23.1%
    Classics & English 21.7%
    Philosophy & Theology 20.0%
    History & Economics 17.3%
    English & Modern Languages 16.3%
    History & Politics 16.3%
    Physics & Philosophy 16.3%
    History & Modern Languages 15.2%
    History & English 7.6%


    ...which the data doesn't reflect, is that you are automatically considered for both subjects on their own. So you might apply for History and English and then be offered a place to study just History or just English. :yy:
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    (Original post by kuntimagee)
    Of course, the interesting thing about these highly competitive JH courses...

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    Classics & Modern Languages 48.0%
    Mathematics & Philosophy 27.9%
    Philosophy & Modern Languages 23.3%
    Mathematics & Computer Science 23.1%
    Classics & English 21.7%
    Philosophy & Theology 20.0%
    History & Economics 17.3%
    English & Modern Languages 16.3%
    History & Politics 16.3%
    Physics & Philosophy 16.3%
    History & Modern Languages 15.2%
    History & English 7.6%


    ...which the data doesn't reflect, is that you are automatically considered for both subjects on their own. So you might apply for History and English and then be offered a place to study just History or just English. :yy:
    If you apply to Law/LSE you also get considered for straight Law. Those who apply for EEM (engineering economics management) get considered for Engineering (I think).

    That leaves the most competitive courses as following:

    Mathematics & Statistics 13.9%
    Fine Art 12.9%
    Computer Science 12.7%
    Medicine 12.1%
    Economics & Management 7.9%
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    (Original post by kuntimagee)
    Of course, the interesting thing about these highly competitive JH courses...
    ...which the data doesn't reflect, is that you are automatically considered for both subjects on their own. So you might apply for History and English and then be offered a place to study just History or just English. :yy:
    Does that really happen that often, though?:confused: Anyway, what I think is perhaps more relevant here is the fact that the actual intake for most of the courses on the "most competitive" list, specifically the joint-school ones, is very small. As in: out of the top 20 on that list just four subjects (E&M, Medicine, PPE and Maths) take in 30 or more students each year. The average intake for History and English, for example, is 8, and it's not a terribly out-of-the-way combination, so it's pretty obvious that the success rate will be low.

    Yes, I'm bored.:p:

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