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    Hilary term 2021: when does your undergraduate course resume?

    Charlie Hancock explains which subjects have been selected to begin the term with in-person teaching and which will start remotely. Policy differs depending on subject and year group.

    Following the publication of new guidance from the government for students returning to university after the Christmas vacation, Oxford University has staggered when in-person teaching is due to begin in Hilary term. For some students, this will mean they do not need to return to Oxford until first week to begin in-person lessons in second week.

    Subjects have been sorted into two groups. In-person teaching for courses in group one will begin from Monday 18th January, and Monday 25th for group two. Subjects requiring in-person practicals such as sciences and medicine, and finalists reading for humanities have been prioritised for return at the beginning of term. For students studying subjects in group two, any scheduled teaching which takes place before their return date will take place online.

    The University has advised students to arrive at least four days before whichever date applies to their course in order to take two lateral flow tests. Colleges have issued advice to their students about how they should plan their return to accommodation in light of social-distancing guidelines and when in-person teaching for their subject resumes.

    Undergraduate courses are listed below according to which group they fall into.

    Group 1 – 18th January

    Humanities
    BA Ancient and Modern History – Finalists only
    BA Classical Archaeology and Ancient History – Finalists only
    BA Classics – Year 2 only
    BA Classics and English – Finalists only
    BA English and Modern Languages – Finalists only
    BA English Language and Literature – Finalists only
    BA European and Modern Languages (Arabic) Finalists only
    BA Fine Art
    BA History and Economics – Finalists only
    BA History and English – Finalists only
    BA History and Modern Languages – Finalists only
    BA History and Politics – Finalists only
    BA History – Finalists only
    BA Music
    BA Oriental Studies – Arabic, and Arabic and Islamic Studies Finalists only
    Bachelor of Philosophy

    MPLS
    BA/MBiol Biology
    MChem Chemistry
    BA/MEarthSci Earth Sciences
    BA Geology
    MEng Engineering Science
    BA/MEng Materials Science
    BA/MPhys Physics
    BA/MPhysPhil Physics and Philosophy

    Medical Sciences
    MBiochem Biochemistry
    BA Experimental Psychology
    BA Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics
    Pre-clinical (years 1-3) and Clinical (years 4-6) Medicine
    Graduate Entry Medicine

    Social Sciences
    BA Geography
    BA Human Sciences

    Group 2 – 25th January

    Humanities – * indicates that students in years which were not directed to return by 18th January should now do so.
    BA Ancient and Modern History*
    BA Classical Archaeology and Ancient History*
    BA Classics*
    BA Classics and English*
    BA Classics and Modern Languages
    BA Classics and Oriental Studies
    BA English and Modern Languages*
    BA English Language and Literature*
    BA European and Middle Eastern Languages*
    BA History and Economics*
    BA History and English*
    BA History and Modern Languages*
    BA History and Politics*
    BA History of Art
    BA History*
    BA Modern Languages
    BA Modern Languages and Linguistics
    BA Oriental Studies*
    BA Philosophy and Modern Languages
    BA Philosophy and Theology
    BA Religion and Oriental Studies
    BA Theology and Religion

    MPLS
    BA/MCompSci Computer Science
    BA/MCompSciPhil Computer Science and Philosophy
    BA/MMath Mathematics
    BA/MMath Mathematics and Statistics
    BA/MMathCompSci Mathematics and Computer Science
    BA/MMathPhil Mathematics and Philosophy

    Social Sciences
    BA Archaeology and Anthropology
    BA Economics and Management
    BA Jurisprudence
    BA Jurisprudence (with Law in Europe)
    BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics

    The Pro-Vice Chancellor and Chair of the Conference of Colleges have recommended that students refer to communications from their department and college, and the Christmas vacation section of the university’s coronavirus website for further information.

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