Oxford and Cambridge: the similarities and differences
The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge have a great deal in common, including their collegiate structure, personalised teaching methods and wealth of resources available to students.
There are some differences between the two institutions which we will explain below. For more detailed information about each University, please see their Undergraduate Prospectus or get in touch:
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Both institutions are involved in a range of outreach activities including the regional Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences, which provide a great deal of information about both universities.
Choosing a course
The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge agree that the most important decision a prospective applicant has to make is the degree they wish to study, not which university they want to apply to. So it’s important to read the course details carefully for any subject you’re interested in. You’ll be studying at a high level for several years, so it’s important to choose something that you are really motivated to study.
The courses at Oxford and Cambridge tend to be traditional academic courses, with a strong emphasis on personalised teaching. Formal assessment is often 100 per cent based on examinations.
Both Universities are committed to recruiting the best and brightest students from all backgrounds.
Choosing between Oxford and Cambridge
It’s not possible to apply to both Oxford and Cambridge in the same admissions round, so students will have to choose one or the other. Both Universities are world-renowned in teaching and research in both arts and science subjects, so the decision is largely an individual one.
Some courses are offered at one of the Universities but not the other. Check each institution’s Undergraduate Prospectus/website for details of courses on offer. However, it’s important to be aware that courses with a similar title at the two Universities may be different in content. Therefore, it’s important for students to check the course details to see which one will suit them best.