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What is it like to study Chemistry at Oxford?

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ฒ ๐‚๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐š๐ญ ๐Ž๐ฑ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐? ๐Ž๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ.

To study chemistry at Oxford University is to truly be immersed in a subject. While the mentally demanding nature of the course can seem relentless at times, itโ€™s important to remember just how much knowledge is being passed on from some of the fieldโ€™s most illustrious academics.

๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง With three years of at least two lectures a day, two full days of practical lab sessions every week and tutorials, under graduates have a very full programme. It is understandable that the course has a global reputation as challenging. But, as students are often told by tutors on the eve of their final examinations โ€“ โ€œ๐ด๐‘ก ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘š๐‘’, ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘š๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘‘๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘™๐‘’๐‘‘๐‘”๐‘’, ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘š๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘™๐‘‘.โ€

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ๐ก ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ Perhaps the most unique aspect of the Oxford course is the fourth year. Students work as part of a group of their choice, undertaking a full year of original research under the supervision of of world class chemists in some of the finest chemistry facilities in the world.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐Œ๐‚๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐๐ž๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ž On the submission of their thesis, students complete their MChem degree with a viva before a panel of academics to justify their research findings. It is an experience which tests the scholastic rigour of their education at Oxford.

๐๐ž๐ง๐ž๐Ÿ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ Undergraduate chemists study alongside other chemists from their college for the entirety of the course. That is a truly bonding experience that made my time at Oxford very special indeed. For the vast majority of students, the huge benefits of studying at Oxford definitely outweigh the few negatives.

๐Œ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐š ๐“๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐„๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž (๐‚๐„), ๐ˆ๐†๐‚๐’๐„, ๐€ ๐‹๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ / ๐ˆ๐๐ƒ๐ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ-๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐. For details of how we can help your child, please contact Valerie Weston on: Email: valerie.weston@minervatuition.com Phone: +852 6156 5705. We would be delighted to hear from you.



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