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Before applying to the Oxford program, you need to have a clear idea of what you wish to achieve in a tutorial and the flexibility to define a topic that can be addressed by an Oxford tutor. Tutorials for Oxford students are taught according to a prearranged syllabus, and, although many Stanford in Oxford tutors allow considerable flexibility in the subjects covered, you should not expect to design your own syllabus or to choose subjects outside the range of topics that are normally taught to Oxford undergraduates. Below is a list of the topics that have been most commonly chosen by Stanford students in recent years.

You are encouraged to choose a subject from this list. If you wish to choose a subject not on the list you must contact the program director, Professor Solywoda, before submitting your application. If you do not do this, your chances of being accepted into the program will be significantly reduced.


  • Aspects of social and cultural anthropology
  • Topics in archaeology (especially British)
  • Migration studies
  • Museum anthropology

Biology/Human Biology

  • Medical anthropology
  • Health care in the UK
  • Comparative (inc. international) health care and health-care policy
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Topics in neuroscience
  • Topics in genetics
  • Topics in zoology
  • Topics in plant science
  • Immunology
  • History of medicine


  • Greek or Latin literature, either in translation or the original language: either a survey, or a study of particular genres or writers
  • Greek or Roman history and archaeology

English Literature

  • Literature of one of the following periods: The Middle Ages, the C16, C17, C18, C19 or C20, looking at selected works in their cultural and historical context
  • Drama, poetry, or the novel (any period)
  • Close study of one or more writers (e.g. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, the Bloomsbury Group)
  • Irish literature
  • Post-colonial literature
  • Literary theory
  • Literature and film
  • Children’s literature


  • History of Ancient Greece or Rome
  • British (and/or Irish) history in one of the following periods: Roman; Anglo-Saxon; the later Middle Ages (1066-1500); 1500-1700; 1700-1815; 1815-1914; the C20
  • History of Western Europe in the same periods
  • History of Russia, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, India, the United States, etc.
  • Special topics, e.g. History of Science, Imperialism and decolonisation, the two World Wars

History of Art

  • Western art (choose a period): The art of ancient Greece or Rome; the Middle Ages; the Renaissance; Baroque and neo-Classicism; the Nineteenth Century; Modernism and Contemporary Art
  • History of British art or architecture
  • Asian art

International Relations

  • International Relations during the Cold War
  • International Relations since 1990
  • Special topics, e.g. nationalism, conflict resolution, regional organisations, security, etc


  • Jurisprudence
  • Human rights law
  • Comparative constitutional law
  • Criminal law


  • Special topics, e.g. logic, number theory, statistics, algebra


  • Topics in the history of music, e.g. a particular period (Renaissance, Baroque, Romanticism, etc), a genre (e.g. opera, the symphony), or a particular composer
  • Composition


  • Plato and Aristotle
  • Medieval philosophy
  • History of Philosophy: Descartes to Kant
  • Post-Kantian philosophy
  • Philosophy of Wittgenstein
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Logic and language
  • Aesthetics


  • Modern British politics and government
  • Politics of the European Union
  • Politics of a particular country or region, e.g. the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, China
  • Comparative government
  • Public policy in Britain
  • Political theory: Plato to Rousseau, or Bentham to Weber
  • Marx and Marxism


  • Neuro-psychology
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Cultural psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Cognitive psychology

Religious Studies

  • Christianity: Biblical studies
  • Topics in the History of Christianity (e.g. the Early Church, the Reformation)
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Hinduism and/or Buddhism
  • Philosophy of religion

Sociology and Public Policy

  • British Society in the C20
  • Social change in Modern Britain
  • Education in Britain
  • Sociological theory
  • Special topics, e.g. ethnicity, gender, immigration