Essay Competition

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Oxbridge essay competition provides a chance not only for serious Oxbridge applicants but also serious applicants to top universities in other countries. Award in the competition acts as a great plus point in the student’s application but participation itself is much valuable in demonstrating academic passion and commitment and excellence to the university admissions officer.

  • Research and explore a particular subject area to a mini-thesis level
  • Produce an excellent piece of writing that has an award potential


Following the Oxbridge tutorial system, the student reads the book chapter/journal article set for the week and writes an essay on a title/topic set by the mentor. Given the difficulty level of the readings, it takes time to read a page in comparison to prior readings and to look up any unfamiliar concepts. As a result, degree subject readings is a class with a low number of hours but a broad and vast amount of readings.

Essay Selection

Brainstorm and discuss topics and concepts involved in different essay titles with further reading and research to pick the most suitable essay title


Full learnings and research on the essay topic selected with organisation of reference materials for bibliography

1st Draft

Use the reading and research materials to plan content layout and write up the 1st draft


Series of writing, feedback and editing of the ad hoc write up until the final draft

Competition List

Below are some of the competitions held by different colleges of Oxford and Cambridge available

Cambridge, Peterhouse

Cambridge, Trinity

Oxford, Corpus Christi