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    Hello all,

    The Oxford Geography Society have set up a StudentRoom account to answer any questions you may have about Geography.

    Literally any question you have - whether it be about Geography at University, Geography at Oxford or life at Oxford in general, we'll be happy to answer them. We're not affiliated with the Oxford Geography Department, so all advice is independent and genuine. Sadly we can't put in a good word for you for Admissions, but we can provide advice, support and reassurance if needed.

    So, ask away! If you see a post sharing your concern, tag us with OxGeogSoc so that we can see and answer.

    Good luck to all those in the middle of first year college exams!

    - the Oxford Geography Society Team
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    OxGeogSoc Are you students or academic staff at Oxford?

    Regarding the optional subjects listed here, how long are they typically available for? Would a prospective student applying next year definitely be able to do them or would they have changed by the time they begin their second year?
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    OxGeogSoc Are you students or academic staff at Oxford?

    Regarding the optional subjects listed here, how long are they typically available for? Would a prospective student applying next year definitely be able to do them or would they have changed by the time they begin their second year?
    Hello there - the Oxford Geography Society is a group of students rather than staff, so we're here to give you the student take rather the official Department answers.

    The modules for Year 2 and 3 depend on the teaching staff available, so it is difficult to predict which will still be available upon applying. We actually had our introductory lecture to Year 2 and 3 a fortnight ago, and they said those modules aren't final even for us this September. However, the modules will be broadly the same - if the Biogeography module leader moves University, another Ecology-based one will takes its place. The Department are really active in making sure there's lots of choice from all areas of Human and Physical Geography. It's worth mentioning these modules are taken alongside core modules of Human, Physical and Environmental Geography (names SPS, ESD and EG respectively). This content is unlikely to change largely before a prospective applicant arrives.

    Hope this helps, please ask away if you have other questions!
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    Hi, just wondering how you find the geography course at oxford? I'm a mostly physical geographer and am wondering if I would find the human side of it too overpowering or if I would be able to mostly just do physical.
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    Hi there, great question!

    The 1st Year course at Oxford is split into 4 sections - Human, Physical, Techniques and Controversies. Human will unavoidably contain Human Geography, Techniques is 1/3 Human Techniques and 2/3 Physical Techniques, and Controversies covers a range of physical and human controversies (which you don't need to study all of indepth, meaning you can choose to focus on the Physical Controversies instead.

    In 2nd and 3rd year, you can choose to specialise completely into Physical Geography. There is a compulsory element called 'Environmental Geography', which will include some policy about climate change, but again you can focus on the Physical stuff is that's what you prefer.

    So to answer your question, Year 1 definitely contains a Human Geography element. If you're certain you prefer physical and want to avoid human, then the Oxford course may not be for you. However, I'd recommend keeping an open mind - I thought I was a Human Geography before arriving and have actually enjoyed the Geomorphology and Climate modules the most.

    Hope this answers your question - check out the Alternative Prospectus we made here, and message us if you have questions!
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    (Original post by OxGeogSoc)
    So to answer your question, Year 1 definitely contains a Human Geography element. If you're certain you prefer physical and want to avoid human, then the Oxford course may not be for you. However, I'd recommend keeping an open mind - I thought I was a Human Geography before arriving and have actually enjoyed the Geomorphology and Climate modules the most.
    How quantitative are your climate courses?
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    How quantitative are your climate courses?
    In first year, there is very little in the way of quantitative analysis. You will have to analyse composite anomalies (picture below), but these can be done without in-depth mathematical knowledge. First year will focus on the basic physics principles of the wind (Pressure Gradient Force, Coriolis Effect, Anticyclonic movement) which will be straightforward to anyone who has done A-Level physics. I hadn't, but picked it up with time.

    I believe the second and third year courses become more quantitative, as you begin to learn and use climate-based modelling. So if you're really into the quantitative analysis side, there are plenty of opportunities in Year 2/3 Climate study (the Environmental Change Institute, attached to the Geography School at Oxford is a world leader in climate modelling, with plenty of opportunities to undertake modelling dissertations if desired). However, an in-depth knowledge of maths, nor much quantitative analysis is required for the first year (compulsory) climate module.
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    (Original post by OxGeogSoc)
    Hello all,

    The Oxford Geography Society have set up a StudentRoom account to answer any questions you may have about Geography.

    Literally any question you have - whether it be about Geography at University, Geography at Oxford or life at Oxford in general, we'll be happy to answer them. We're not affiliated with the Oxford Geography Department, so all advice is independent and genuine. Sadly we can't put in a good word for you for Admissions, but we can provide advice, support and reassurance if needed.

    So, ask away! If you see a post sharing your concern, tag us with OxGeogSoc so that we can see and answer.

    Good luck to all those in the middle of first year college exams!

    - the Oxford Geography Society Team
    Hey there! :cool: How important is the personal statement for applicants to Oxford and what things does the Geography department like to see in one?
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    (Original post by PunjabiCookie)
    Hey there! :cool: How important is the personal statement for applicants to Oxford and what things does the Geography department like to see in one?
    Good question. It's quite difficult to discern just how important the Personal Statement is, as you never get a breakdown of what elements got you the place - they tend to take all the parts of your application as a whole. That being said, I would focus on the academic side for an Oxford personal statement. Talk about why you want to study Geography, what parts interest you the most, and mention a few books you've read. Be prepared to read any books you mention though, because you will be asked about it. If you want to read my (completely cringe) personal statement for ideas, I have put it below. Please don't copy it though - I'm sure you've been drilled on this, but UCAS have a good plagiarism detection software as far as I know - just use it for ideas:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing
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    What is the international student ratio in Yr1 Geography roughly?
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    (Original post by Nicole Xiao)
    What is the international student ratio in Yr1 Geography roughly?
    Hi there! For the 2017 intake there were 9 international students out of 77 (data here: https://public.tableau.com/views/Uni...showVizHome=no). I wouldn't worry too much about the ratio though, there is no domestic/international quota set so it's all based on your ability. It's worth noting also that you'll mix with many internationals from other subjects through your college. Hope this helps!
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    Which colleges would you recommend for studying geography? Also, I would say I’m more of a human geographer but I do enjoy physical topics, I’m just not particularly strong as scientific aspects- how difficult is it to grasp the physical elements of the course?
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    any tips for geography interview? thanks🙇🏻*♀️
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    How much of a difference does being predicted A*A*A as opposed to 3A*s make?
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    What are the typical predicted grades that people who got into oxford for geography had (just because I'm not sure if mine are good enough) ??
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    hi there! would i be able to ask - when do offers typically start to come in for oxford, and may they come in earlier this year, now there is no TSA assessment?
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    what extracurriculars should u do for geog
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    (Original post by Y.buckley)
    Which colleges would you recommend for studying geography? Also, I would say I’m more of a human geographer but I do enjoy physical topics, I’m just not particularly strong as scientific aspects- how difficult is it to grasp the physical elements of the course
    Hi there! Apologies for the delay in replying. The Geography course is the same at every college, as all the teaching is run through the department. You will have tutors which specialise at each college, but these move around sometimes (my physical tutor changed over Summer), so I wouldn't recommend applying based on this. When choosing a college, I'd recommend picking it based on the other elements - is it central/far away, big/small, three years of accommodation/living out in 2nd year. A full list of the Geography-providing collges are here - https://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/undergradu.../colleges.html. Don't worry about numbers either - if they don't have room for you at your preferred college, they will 'pool' you to another. If the tutors want you, you'll get in regardless of college applicants.

    I wasn't strong in science either, taking no science or maths A levels, and had no problem. The concepts are gone over as if you're new to them, and I never had much problem. Climate involves some physics principles, which is the first time I'd encountered physics since GCSE, but didn't have too much problem (it ended up being my highest physical grade). You can drop physical after the first year anyway, which doesn't count towards your final degree. You may be surprised though - some of my friends who thought of themselves as Human Geographers changed after the first year.
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    (Original post by leanneminton)
    How much of a difference does being predicted A*A*A as opposed to 3A*s make?
    Hi there - none at all really. Providing you make the A*AA cutoff when it comes to A2, then there's no problem. I believe that GCSEs are more considered when it comes to applications (this has changed since AS were phased out after applied). If you're at the A*A*A/A*A*A* territory, you should definitely apply regardless of GCSEs!
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    hi there! would i be able to ask - when do offers typically start to come in for oxford, and may they come in earlier this year, now there is no TSA assessment?
    Hello! Offers for Geography come out the same day as any other subject - 9th January 2019. Details are here: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...uide/decisions
 
 
 
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