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University of Oxford release sample admissions interview questions

26 October 2017

Oxford have released a new batch of sample interview questions which candidates must answer during the admissions phase to the world famous University.

The interviews are regarded as short conversations as opposed to straight question and answer sessions, and tutors at the University are looking for students to think critically on a topic, rather than showcase only their specific subject knowledge.

Find some of the sample questions below, and don’t forget the SI-UK Oxbridge Service can help you successfully apply to Cambridge and Oxford with mock interview practice, personal statement editing and expert application advice from an Oxbridge alumnus. Arrange your free consultation today.

Sample Oxbridge Interview Questions

Subject: Law.

  • Q: Should it be illegal to run a red light in the middle of the night on an empty road?

Subject: Philosophy

  • Q: ‘I agree that air transport contributes to harmful climate change. But whether or not I make a given plane journey, the plane will fly anyway. So there is no moral reason for me to not travel by plane.’ Is this a convincing argument?

Subject: Medicine

  • Q: Put these countries in order by their crude mortality (deaths per thousand of the population): Bangladesh, Japan, South Africa, the UK.

Subject: Modern Languages (French)

  • Q: What do we lose if we only read a foreign work of literature in translation?

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