There are 3 courses available at Oxford:
- The 3-year BA which provides comprehensive coverage of the fundamental principles of Physics, through mathematical treatments and laboratory experiments. It includes a short project in the 3rd year. This course is probably most suitable for students who do not wish to pursue a career in physics.
- The 4-year MPhys extends beyond the 3-year course by enabling students to specialize in two courses bringing them up to the research frontier and to undertake a substantial project in one of the departmental research areas. This course is recommended for those students who wish to carry on in physics research or in careers as professional physicists.
- The 4-year MPhysPhil is aimed at students who wish to investigate some of the deep philosophical aspects of physics. Some of the topics covered in the 4-year physics course are replaced by topics in philosophy, and there is a much smaller laboratory component in the course.
The detailed course structure can be viewed in the Physics Handbook: http://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Course.