Corpus Christi College Oxford

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Hey! My name’s Sam and I study English Lit and Language at Corpus Christi.  

The English course at Oxford spans the whole scope of English literature from the earliest recorded Old English texts to the modern day. For most papers, the only limits are that the texts you write about were written in English and within the period of the paper. For example, in first year you will study the early medieval period (650-1350), the Victorians (1830-1910 and ‘modern’ literature (1910- the present), so can write about any author or work in that period which interests you. You’ll be guided by tutorials and classes within college (probably around 4 hours a week total), as well as being free to attend whichever lectures put on by the department you fancy. This leaves you loads of free time to write essays and pursue you own interests.  

Corpus is a great place to study English; the college has its own amazing library but is also really central so no more than a fifteen-minute walk from the faculty (and pretty much all of Oxford). Corpus is also quite a small college (around 75 undergrads per year) with a very friendly, inclusive atmosphere, which makes it easier to feel at home right from the beginning. There’s strong integration between years (particularly with the English students) so there’s always someone around to chat about work or any other aspect of Oxford life.  

Studying English provides loads of opportunities to get involved with extra-curricular activities. One of the nice things about the Oxford set up is that having both university and college level societies (for sports, music, drama and almost any interest you can think of) means that you can get involved at whatever level you want to pursue. English students at Corpus in my year have been heavily involved in student journalism (the Cherwell and OxStu newspapers as well as a whole host of student run magazines), student theatre and both university and college level sport, so it really is possible to manage studies and other interests at a high level. 

Oxford is a unique place to study and does demand a lot of its students. While the work is hard, it is also hugely rewarding and the tutorial system allows you to develop your ideas working with some of the best minds in the world. Every tutor I have had has asked only that I work hard and remain inquisitive about the texts I study; if that sounds like something you could do I really would encourage you to apply! The interview process alone, while obviously nerve-wracking, I found a really useful experience to go through, and it’s amazing to think how far I have come since my first week studying here. If you have any questions about Corpus or Oxford, please feel free to drop me an email!  


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