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    Hello everybody!

    I am an EU student who has applied to Oxford for 2018 entry (Biological Sciences). I was wondering if the admissions tutors at different colleges tend to ask different questions based on their research interests. For example, if your interviewer is working on genetics, will he tend to ask you something more about the molecular side of biology? Or are the questions pretty much the same across different colleges? I am particularly interested in replies from past Oxford applicants.
    Thanks for the info
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    Hello everybody!

    I am an EU student who has applied to Oxford for 2018 entry (Biological Sciences). I was wondering if the admissions tutors at different colleges tend to ask different questions based on their research interests. For example, if your interviewer is working on genetics, will he tend to ask you something more about the molecular side of biology? Or are the questions pretty much the same across different colleges? I am particularly interested in replies from past Oxford applicants.
    Thanks for the info
    I can't speak for other subjects but for mine, one interview was very general indeed whereas the other was definitely aligned with their research interests. I wouldn't recommend trying to read up on specific academics' research interests just for the sake of your interview though because (1) questions are designed to test how you think, not what you know, (2) the interview could easily be unrelated to their research interests, (3) you will probably be interviewed at multiple colleges so you won't know who's interviewing you anyway and (4) there is no way you will be able to learn enough about the fields of research of the people likely to interview you in any meaningful depth before interview.
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    (Original post by gio99)
    Hello everybody!

    I am an EU student who has applied to Oxford for 2018 entry (Biological Sciences). I was wondering if the admissions tutors at different colleges tend to ask different questions based on their research interests. For example, if your interviewer is working on genetics, will he tend to ask you something more about the molecular side of biology? Or are the questions pretty much the same across different colleges? I am particularly interested in replies from past Oxford applicants.
    Thanks for the info
    Plagioclase is exactly right, imho. For my interviews in Zoology (centuries ago), I was interviewed by a specialist in African ecology and a Biochemist. I had no specialist questions in either field. My daughter was interviewed for Biological Sciences much more recently (!) We both had questions very similar to those on the website here. The only thing specific to her was that she was asked in some depth about a concept she had mentioned in her PS. It may be significant that her answers were - factually - entirely wrong, but she was still offered a place. As has been said, the important things are to demonstrate an ability to generate plausible ideas and to adapt (or trash) those ideas in light of further discussion. In that sense, the interviewers seem to be testing whether you are suited to tutorial-type learning rather than subject knowledge per se.
 
 
 
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