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How is the teaching at Oxford University?

How is the teaching at Oxford University, specifically for masters? How does it differ from other universities? Is teaching quality at Oxford generally better or is it just the reputation?
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How is the teaching at Oxford University, specifically for masters? How does it differ from other universities? Is teaching quality at Oxford generally better or is it just the reputation?


You don't usually get 'taught' in the school sense at Masters level. You get given a lecture/presentation about a topic, which lays out a beginning, middle and end, or a theory and proof, or idea and pro's and con's and then the student takes that away, uses the reading list for further support, and investigates more for themselves. Pretty much any academic can put together the framework for a lecture, and they have more or less enthusiastic, clear, engaging etc ways of presenting it, but the goal isn't to teach, it's to inspire further investigation.
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Your peers will in general be 'better' (not always, but generally) and the ethos and atmosphere is just very good for learning. That was my experience of it at postgrad. The postgrad communities at Oxon are fantastic, very diverse and very open.

In terms of 'teaching', it was pretty much like any other place I've worked or read at, largely for the reasons outlined above.

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