Prospective Students


Why Catz?

  • St Catherine’s has one of the larger college Music departments, with an intake of around 4 new students per year. College teaching is given by the Music tutor, Professor Laura Tunbridge, who is usually supported by two college lecturers. Class teaching linked to some subjects is offered by the Music Faculty; in other areas, tutors come in as required to help with other more specialized topics.

Fine Art

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine's has a strong tradition of interest in art and design, natural concerns in the context of world famous and award-winning buildings designed in 1960 by Arne Jacobsen and more recently by Stephen Hodder. The classical rigour of Jacobsen's façade is offset by a sculpture by Barbara Hepworth; and Jacobsen's imposing College hall is lent colour and warmth by tapestries designed by Tom Phillips, a Royal Academician who is a former St Catherine's student. In 2005-6 Tom Phillips was Slade Professor of Art in the University of Oxford.

Experimental Psychology

Why Catz?

  • Experimental Psychology is by definition a highly interdisciplinary subject, with teaching and research spanning from Social Psychology and Intergroup Conflict to Behavioural Neuroscience. Therefore, studying at a College with a large representations of students and staff across the Social Sciences and the Medical Sciences is highly advantageous.

Engineering Science

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine’s has one of the largest Engineering Science departments with around eight students each year.
  • The College is very conveniently situated within a short walk of the Department of Engineering Science, where University lectures and practicals are held.
  • St Catherine’s has one of the larger college libraries in the university, a convenient place to work as well as borrow books, open till 12pm on weekdays during term.

Number of places usually available at St Catherine's: 8

Economics & Management

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine’s was among the first group of colleges to admit undergraduates for the Economics and Management degree.
  • The College is located next door to the Economics Department building, giving our students easy access to the main Social Sciences library and an advantage in making it on time to morning lectures.


Why Catz?

  • St Catherine’s has a large and historic commitment to Chemistry in comparison with many other Oxford colleges, as indicated by the number of undergraduates which we admit, and the strength and depth in which Chemistry is represented amongst the tutorial staff and the Fellowship. Practically, this means that chemists at St Catherine’s are part of a community, which is unusually stimulating, both in terms of the teaching programme, and the social life within the College.

Biomedical Sciences

Why Catz?

  • A Stimulating Academic Community. St Catherine’s has a large and integrated community of undergraduates within the Medical Sciences Division, studying Biomedical Sciences, Experimental Psychology, Medicine and Philosophy, Psychology & Linguistics. We also have postgraduate students working towards MSc and DPhil degrees, as well as the graduate-entry Medicine course. We encourage networking across these different student groups at joint social and academic events, such as:
    • Catz Biomedical Society. Once per term, we meet together to hear about the research of a college tutor and/or a senior student, followed by Q&A. The students and tutors attending then share a dinner together in Hall, where they can continue their discussions of the science presented over a hot meal and a glass of wine.
    • Journal Club. Once per term, students meet to debate the merits and consider the implications of a recently published research article.
    • Welcome and Farewell Drinks. Held at the beginning and end of each academic year, and attended by students and tutors.
  • Exceptional Tutorial Support. The tutors run small-group tutorials to compliment the material covered in course lectures and laboratory classes. During these tutorials, 2-3 students meet to examine selected biomedical questions in depth, under the guidance of a scientist or medical doctor who specializes in the given field. You will usually write an essay on a set topic beforehand, and the tutor will provide individual feedback on your written work. Some tutorials may even be held individually with your tutor. In the final year of the Biomedical Science course, you will often share tutorials with Medicine and Experimental Psychology students who are also specializing in your chosen topics.
  • Modern and Spacious Library. We have one of the biggest college libraries in the University of Oxford, with an extensive collection of texts in Biomedical Sciences. If ever you need the library to stock a new book for your course, you need only put in an electronic request. The library is open daily until midnight during term.
  • Located near the Biomedical Departments. Biomedical Sciences students at St Catherine’s benefit from living just a 10-minute-walk away from the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, where many of their lectures and practicals take place. We are also within a 15-minute walk from other departments participating in the degree course (including Biochemistry, Experimental Psychology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics) and the Radcliffe Science Library.
  • Career and Personal Development. At St Catherine's, your tutorials are designed to develop your communication skills and general academic development, in addition to covering the course syllabus. Your Director of Studies and the student support network will aim ensure that you have any required pastoral care during your studies. You will meet individually with your Director of Studies once per term, and with the college Master once per year, to discuss your achievements and development.
  • Domestic Life Sorted. St Catherine's is proud to offer comfortable, modern living spaces for our undergraduate students. It is widely, (though unofficially!), held that our Hall offers the best food in the university, at some of the cheapest prices. An on-campus gym and music room are available to you around the clock. As we are the largest undergraduate college in our university, we also offer college-level sports groups and societies to suit almost anyone's interests.

Biological Sciences

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine’s has one of the largest Biological Sciences departments with around eight students each year. A consistently large proportion of our Biologists graduate with a first class degree and are awarded academic prizes.
  • Our Fellows and Lecturers in Biological Sciences have active research interests in a broad range of subjects within biology. This range of research interests enables the College to offer first hand expertise of the wide range of topics covered by the Biological Sciences course at Oxford.

College Open Days

If you are thinking of applying to the University of Oxford then we would encourage you to find out more about St Catherine’s College by attending one of our Open Days. This year the Open Days are Wednesday 27th June, Thursday 28th June and Friday 14th September 2018.

There is no need to book to attend our Open Days - everyone is welcome! A full programme of events is found below.

Please register at the welcome desk in the Porters' Lodge upon arrival at the College. We will be open for visitors from 9.30am until 6pm.

Why not plan to visit over lunchtime? Sandwiches (first-come first-served) will be available in the JCR at 1pm, and current students and staff will be available to give tours and answer questions. Alternatively, the College will be open until 6pm, so you could consider visiting us at the end of the day if there hasn't been time earlier on.

Open Day Programme

9.30am - 6pm Welcome Desk
  Porters' Lodge
12.15pm Subject Meetings with tutors for prospective applicants (including Q&A)
  Various locations (advertised on the JCR noticeboard)
12.15pm Information session for parents and teachers (including Q&A)
  JCR Lecture Theatre
1pm Sandwich Lunch
  JCR Lounge
1.45pm Introduction to Oxford, St Catherine's and the Admissions Process
  JCR Lecture Theatre

Please note that lunch and seats for talks held in the JCR Lecture Theatre will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Junior Common Room (JCR)

Refreshments and information leaflets will be available in the JCR throughout the day, and current students and members of staff will be present to answer questions and give directions. Tours of the College will start from the JCR throughout the day.

Subject Meetings with Tutors

Please note that tutor availability cannot be guaranteed and may be subject to change. Due to space restrictions we regret that only prospective students can attend the subject meetings. Parents, guardians and teachers are encouraged to attend the information session at 12.15pm whilst prospective applicants meet subject tutors.


Sandwiches will be available in the JCR at 1pm on a first-come, first-served basis. Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits will be available throughout the day in the JCR.

Other Events

Our Open Days are informal events which coincide with Open Days in departments and colleges, and many other events around Oxford. For a full list of events, please see the University webpages.


A limited amount of accommodation is often available at St Catherine's for prospective applicants attending the Open Day. Unfortunately we are only able to accommodate prospective applicants, and not parents or teachers. The charge is £10/night per person for dinner, bed and breakfast. Please email to enquire about availability.

Please be aware...

During your visit to Oxford you may see organisations handing out leaflets in the street, claiming to offer advice on the application process. Please be warned that these businesses are not affiliated with the University of Oxford, and they may charge for their services. We encourage you to take advantage of the many free opportunities the University is offering to find out more.

Travelling to St Catherine’s

Directions to St Catherine’s are found here. We strongly recommend that you use public transport if at all possible. If you do travel by car, please note that parking in the city centre is very limited. There are several Park & Ride bus services which run from car parks on the outskirts of Oxford. Please avoid both the Thornhill and Seacourt Park & Rides which are often full.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our Open Days. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate ask them via email.

If you would like a tour of the College but are unable to attend an Open Day then please email the Deputy Academic Registrar (Admissions & Access) to arrange a visit.

Mathematics & Computer Science

Why Catz?

  • The Mathematics and Computer Science degree combines topics from the two constituent degrees.  Much of Computer Science is mathematical in nature; and much of Mathematics requires the application of computers.
  • Catz is strong in both constituent subjects of this degree.  We take one or two students most years.  In recent years, we have had very good students, with over 80% getting first class degrees.


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