Interviewing in: Geography

Background on subject

This course focuses on the interrelationships between society and the physical and human environment.

At Oxford and Cambridge, there is considerable crossover with Geography and other disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, history, political science, economics, earth sciences and biology. The course entails practical physical courses and individual research projects.

Cambridge has one of the UK’s largest geography libraries, containing around 20,000 books, journals and periodicals!

At Oxford, you do not need to take an admissions test. 

At Cambridge, you will have to take a Geography admissions test.


Can I interview in this subject?

You do not have to have studied Geography at university to give a robust and rigorous practice interview in this subject. 

Volunteers from the following subjects, or similar, will also be able to deliver Geography interviews:

Interview types

There are two different types of practice interviews in Geography, which you may be asked to deliver. 

  1. Interview on 'application material' - asking the students' questions about their personal statement, or an essay they will submit as part of their application

  2. Interview on 'unseen material' - asking the students' questions on an article, study, or research paper they have not seen before, testing how they handle new material

SAMPLE Resources

Below you can access a folder of resources for conducting Geography interviews:

  1. Interview on application material - you can see a sample personal statement, highlighted with examples of questions which could be asked

  2. Interview on unseen material - you can see examples of articles which have previously been given to students, along with questions

These resources are intended for inspiration - to give you an idea of the level, length and themes of the material we use in our practice interviews. However, should you wish to use this material in the practice interviews you deliver, just let us know so we can make sure returning students haven't seen it before!