an image of a nebula taken by the hubble space telescope, with a dark background, some bright stars, and a structure of orange and blue clouds
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Y12 Online Masterclass

Secondary school events
Events for prospective students
Knowledge of physics?
Yes, knowledge of physics required
For more information contact

Physics Access Officer, Dr Kathryn Boast:

For the June Masterclass, please see

Considering applying to Oxford to study Physics? Join us for a day of finding out more - about Oxford, about Physics, and about what you can do to take your studies to the next level.

As well as including our Physics Access Officer's guide to Oxford admissions, this day of online workshops and lectures will also feature a lecture on cutting edge physics research and interactive problem-solving workshops, plus a chance for you to put your questions to our panel of current Oxford Physics students. 

We're delighted to be welcoming Dr Chiara Marletto to speak on "Beyond Quantum Computation: The Science of Can and Can't" for our research lecture.

Registration & Eligibility

You need to register in advance for this event. The deadline for registration is 16:00 on Monday 14th March.

The live event is open to UK students in Year 12 at state (non-fee-paying) schools, studying A levels (or equivalent) in Maths and Physics. However, anyone can register to receive the recording of the event. If the event becomes over-subscribed, we will prioritise students from schools with little or no history of applications to Oxford.

The registration form is available here:

The event will be available as both a live online event and as on-demand videos for later catch-up. Students who attend the live event will be able to ask questions and interact with the speakers through the online webinar platform.

Timetable for the day

Below are some of the highlights in the timetable for the Masterclass. There will be regular breaks throughout the day, and time for lunch too!

10:00 - Talk - Welcome & Introduction to Oxford Admissions (Dr Kathryn Boast)

11:00 - Lecture - Beyond quantum computation: The Science of Can and Can't (Dr Chiara Marletto)

11:50 - Workshop - How to solve problems (Helena Cotterill & Kathryn Boast)

13:50 - Problem-solving out loud (Kathryn Boast)

14:40 - Q&A (Oxford Physics students)

15:30 - Finish