Psychology, Philosophy & Linguistics

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine's is one of the few colleges with a representation of a Tutorial Fellow in each of the three components of the Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics degree. Because of this, we are in the enviable position to offer senior-level supervision and teaching for all three of the subject combinations: Psychology & Philosophy; Psychology & Linguistics; Philosophy & Linguistics.

Mathematics & Statistics

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine’s accepts applicants for Mathematics or any of the joint degrees available at the University: Mathematics & Statistics; Mathematics & Computer Science and Mathematics & Philosophy.

Mathematics & Philosophy

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine's has a large number of undergraduates studying Mathematics or Philosophy in combination with other subjects. This means that there are plenty of other students within St Catherine’s with which to discuss work.
  • St Catherine’s has one of the larger college libraries in the university, a convenient place to work as well as borrow books, open until midnight during term.

Materials Science

Why Catz?

  • The College has a strong tradition in Materials Science, with one of the larger undergraduate intakes as well as a healthy number of graduate students. Alumni include at least 9 senior academics in Materials Science at Oxford University, Cambridge University and Imperial College alone, plus Mark Miodownik, author of Stuff Matters and star of many TV science programmes.

A Welcome from the Master


Welcome to St Catherine's - Oxford's youngest mixed (undergraduate and graduate) college and also one of its largest and most diverse communities. Whatever your reason for visiting us, you will be interested to know that the College has an atmosphere of openness and friendliness that greatly assists our primary mission: the pursuit of academic excellence and the enhancement of creative thinking. We treasure the traditional values of Oxford college life, but our modern architecture gives us a distinctive position to pursue a modern agenda. Our college motto, Nova et Vetera (the new and the old), reflects this. The college environment values greatly the study of the sciences and arts in equal part, and we are proud of the strong showing of St Catherine’s among the list of Nobel Prize Laureates. The work of ten individuals associated with the College, including three alumni and six Fellows, has been recognised with a Prize.

We celebrated our fifth decade as a College last year, and in celebration of this major landmark, we have published a commemorative book, St Catherine's, Oxford: A Pen Portrait. This lively anthology, encompassing the stories and memories of the individuals who have shaped our College, is a tribute to our community. The book tells a compelling story, charting the rich legacy we inherited from our nineteenth century Delegacy forefathers, through to the embodiment of Alan Bullock's vision realised in Arne Jacobsen's masterpiece, finishing with the voices of the current generation in the twenty-first century.

If you are thinking of studying here, please do cross our threshold to experience the atmosphere for yourself. You are very welcome to come and visit, either on one of our open days or at other times. I was recently told in the heart of London that Catz is a community known for 'Unpretentious Excellence'. See whether you think we measure up to that by looking at the pages of our website. 

The Master, Roger W Ainsworth, MA, DPhil, FRAeS.

Family Day - Saturday, 6 July 2019

Following the success of our previous Family Days, we are delighted to be hosting this event again in 2019. The day will be jam-packed full of family activites and entertainment. All family members are welcome for what promises to be a fun-filled and relaxing afternoon.

Further details will be announced closer to the date!

Date: Sunday, 6 July 2019

Venue: St Catherine's College

Guests: Alumni and family members


Parents' & Freshers' Lunch

This is a joyous event where we welcome Freshers' parents into College to celebrate the end of Hilary Term. Beginning with a drinks reception in the SCR, guests are then invited to enjoy a three-course meal in Hall in the company of The Master and Fellows of the College.

Time: 12.30pm Drinks | 1.15pm Lunch

Venue: The Senior Common Room (Drinks) | St Catherine's College Hall (Lunch)

Guests: Two guests per student

Cost: £15 (Students); £18 (Guests)

St Catz Ball

Catz Ball 2017

Hilary Term 2017 will see the return of teh highly anticipated Catz triennial Ball/ Using light as inspiration, our Arne Jacobsen architecture will be transformed into a spectacular of colour and design, showcasing four staged of live music, the very best food and drink, as well as a huge variety of non-musical entertainments. Tickets have now sold out, but please visit the Catz Ball Website for more info.

Venue: St. Catherine's College

Date: 18th February 2017

Simon Winchester Book Signing: The Men Who United the States

We are delighted to welcome back Catz alumnus and New York Times bestselling author, Simon Winchester (1963, Geology) to explore the extraordinary story of how America was united into a single nation – the subject of his latest book The Men Who United the States.

How did America become ‘one nation, indivisible’? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? Has the historic work of uniting one of the most powerful nations on earth succeeded?


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