I've been successfuly helping candidates apply to study philosophy at Oxbridge for a number of years.
I took a masters degree at King's, Cambridge and my doctorate at St Anne's, Oxford, where I was also a part-time philosophy tutor.
I'm now a full-time, independent philosophy tutor to college and university students worldwide; helping and
advising students at each stage of their philosophy careers.
The first thing to be aware of is that you can't apply to both Oxford and Cambridge (special circumstances aside). So if you're determined to study philosophy at Oxbridge you must choose which university best suits your interests.
The choice is relatively simple: do you wish to study philosophy as a pure, single honours degree; or do you wish to study it as part of a joint honours degree? If you wish to study pure philosophy, then you should apply to Cambridge; if you'd prefer to study philosophy in combination with some other subject, then you should apply to Oxford.
This page lists brief details of the Oxbridge philosophy degree courses available in 2020, and of the services that I offer candidates applying to Oxbridge.
To apply to study philosophy at Cambridge there are no specific subjects required, though
a mixture of arts and science subjects is recommended. The Cambridge admissions website states
"...applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity for clear-headed logical reasoning and abstract thought...".
The Cambridge colleges, like those of Oxford, operate as semi-autonomous 'republics' and accordingly differ in their philosophy admissions procedures. Whilst all set applicants a short written test at interview, some also require candidates to submit samples of written work.
I help and advise candidates, applying for Cambridge philosophy, on all aspects of their applications: UCAS personal statements, samples of work, Cambridge philosophy test, interview technique.
It is not possible to study philosophy at undergraduate level at the University of Oxford as a single degree subject. These are the joint degree courses offering philosophy as a substantial component.
Oxford explains that the parallel study of related disciplines significantly
enhances your understanding of each, bringing added dimensions of understanding and perspective.
I help and advise candidates, applying for Oxford philosophy courses, on all aspects of their applications: UCAS personal statements, samples of work, TSA philosophy test and interview technique.
All Oxford philosophy candidates take the Oxford Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA).
The Oxford TSA comprises two parts: 50 multiple choice questions and a short essay.
Having taught philosophy and logic at the University of Oxford, I'm well-placed to tutor candidates in all aspects of the Oxford philosophy TSA, and have done so for a number of years.
I offer a short course of introductory TSA tutorials which provides a foundation for exam preparation.
This is followed by a steady diet of practice TSA papers that hones my student's skills. Any weaknesses are ironed out with follow-up tutorials.
I make sure that I'm available for TSA tutorials over the October half-term, immediately prior to the exam in early November.
Oxford's Computer Science and Philosophy degree is new, with its first intake of undergraduates in 2020;
coinciding with the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, the founding father of the study of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
I took my masters degree at Cambridge in computational linguists (a branch of AI), my doctorate in the philosophy of mind and language at Oxford, and taught philosophy at Oxford as a post-doctoral tutor. So I'm well-placed to advise you on your application.
For a number of years I have commented on Oxford philosophy candidates' personal statements; and helped them prepare for interview.
I'd be delighted to advise you on your application: the question 'Can computers think?' has long been central to my own philosophical interests.
To apply to study PPE at Oxford there are no specific subjects required, though a combination
of history and mathematics is considered useful. The Oxford PPE admissions website states
"Tutors will want to find out if you can think clearly and analytically. They are not so much concerned
with what you know as how you think about it and how you use it."
All candidates applying for Oxford PPE must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), normally at their school or college; which this year is scheduled for November 2nd 2020. The results will be used to help shortlist candidates for interview.
I help and advise candidates, applying for PPE at Oxford, on all aspects of their applications: UCAS personal statements, TSA, interview technique.
I have taught Philosophy of Religion at the University of Oxford, and am an external examiner
for the OCR Examination Board's A-level Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics. So I know very
well the calibre of student that Oxford recruits for its Philosophy and Theology course.
I offer help at every stage of your Philosophy and Theology application: balancing the requirement to discuss both philosophy and theology adequately in your personal statement; preparing for the Philosophy written test; preparing for the Theology TSA, if it is introduced this year; and providing online interview practice.
I'd be delighted to discuss your Oxford Philosophy and Theology application with you.
I took my masters at the University of Cambridge in Computational Linguistics, and went on to take
my doctorate at the University of Oxford in the Philosophy of Mind and Language.
I was subsequently a post-doctoral tutor at the University of Oxford, teaching a variety of undergraduate subjects, to joint honours students, including the Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language and Logic.
I'm therefore very well-placed to help you with your application to Oxford's Psychology, Philosophy & Linguistics BA.
As well as helping with your TSA preparation, I can provide you with challenging interview practice. My interview practice includes the pre-interview readings that some colleges like to set.