What can I study at Hertford College as a visiting student?
Your main source of learning is through tutorials.
In your application form you will need to choose two subjects to study in tutorial per term. If at the stage of the application you are unable to narrow this down – do not worry. We need to know at the application stage what major topic you want to pursue e.g. History or Politics. The exact topic can be narrowed down in discussion with the Tutor for Visiting Students once you have been accepted.
You will see from the list of subjects studied by former visiting students that the range of potential options is diverse and exciting.
Very broadly visiting students can study
- Courses within the humanities and social and political sciences. You are not limited to only the subjects offered at Hertford to our regular undergraduates. For example, Hertford does not offer history of art to our full time undergraduates but teaching for this subject can be found for visiting students.
- Some maths courses such as linear algebra, differential equations, real analysis and statistics for those who have a very solid background in this subject.
- Some courses from the human science syllabus such as anthropology, evolutionary anthropology, sociology, conservation, human ecology, health and disease, cross cultural perspectives on gender. These options change year by year.
- There are limited places for certain economics courses such as economics of industry, public economics, history of economic thought and philosophy & methodology of economics.
We do not organise tutorials for visiting students in, the natural sciences, or in management and business. Teaching is not available for the majority of economics courses on the economics syllabus, apart from those listed above.
Choosing your tutorial topics:
Sources of Information
- Your home university academic advisors
- Oxford University Faculty websites for course syllabi
- List given below of subjects studied by former visiting students at Hertford
- Hertford College Tutor for Visiting Students.
We suggest you consult with your home university academic advisors before you choose subjects to study to ensure that the subjects you choose fit in with your degree requirements. It is a good idea to choose topics that link in with your major so that you have a good body of background knowledge to bring to your studies here.
At Hertford we encourage students to choose from the courses we teach as part of our degree courses to our own undergraduates. Please browse the subject websites given below to see what is on offer.
If you have a particular interest in area not listed as a course we can also see if there is someone researching that area in the university who would be happy to teach you. The Tutor for Visiting Students at Hertford, Dr Josephine Reynell, can help you with advice on tutorial choices
Subject Web Sites
Help with ideas - recent examples of tutorial topics taken by visiting students in Hertford College
Here is a list of tutorial topics taken recently by former visiting students. It is not comprehensive – it just gives you an idea of some of the topics which have proved popular.
English Literature (but also includes Russian and South American)
History of Photography