Preparatory Reading

For undergraduate offer-holders for entry in October 2017.

The tutors in each subject have prepared some guidance about work that they would like you to do this summer, in preparation for your first term at Oxford.

Please click on your course below to access the subject-specific instructions.

Please note that for some subjects tutors have:

  • indicated books or texts that you must read before coming to Oxford. In others reading is suggested as something that you might find interesting and useful.
  • asked you to contact them directly to confirm which papers you wish to take. Please make sure that you respond by any deadline indicated.

NB Some Joint Schools have a single entry on the list below, for others you should read the information for each constituent subject.

If you have any further questions please contact Vicky Holt, the Undergraduate Administrator.

Student Support

Pravahi Osman is Balliol’s David Freeman Outreach Officer. If you have any concerns or questions about managing your transition from school to university, you are welcome to contact him at