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This free site features public lectures, teaching material, interviews with leading academics, information about applying to the University, and much more.

All the material is arranged within a series of related talks or lectures and may be in audio, video or document format. A full list of all series is available.

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Content is being added regularly to the site. All content is free for you to download and watch or listen to. This site currently contains over 11 thousand episodes arranged into over 633 series. Over 10 thousand academic contributors have released material.

Series highlights include:

  • Approaching Shakespeare: Each lecture in this series by Dr Emma Smith focuses on a single play by Shakespeare, and employs a range of different approaches to try to understand a central critical question about it.
  • General Philosophy: Peter Millican's lectures aim to provide a thorough introduction to many philosophical topics and to get first year undergraduate students and others interested in thinking about key areas of philosophy.
  • Back Garden Biology: In this fun and informative series Dr Lindsay Turnbull, Associate Professor and Fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford University, looks at the biology found in the English back garden.
  • Stargazing: Find out more about our night sky, from new planets to far-off galaxies and the vastness of the Universe. A series of short talks and presentations for the general public from leading astronomy researchers at the Oxford University Physics Department.
  • TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities: TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities is a major new initiative supporting research that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries. The series features a dazzling array of event recordings; dip in to find treasures such as the true meaning of "carpe diem", AI and creativity, war poetry and million dollar maths equations.
  • The New Psychology of Depression: Dr Danny Penman and Professor Mark Williams discuss medical approaches to dealing with stress, anxiety and depression.
  • The Elements of Drawing: Stephen Farthing R.A. presents eight practical drawing classes using John Ruskin’s teaching collections to explain the basic principles of drawing.
  • A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners: Marianne Talbot's lively introduction considers the underpinnings of ethical thought.
  • Shakespeare's entire First Folio, including original spelling, is available to download for free in ePub format.

Accessing the podcasts

Podcasts on http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk can be streamed in a web browser or downloaded to your device for offline listening.

All podcasts are also available via Apple Podcasts (previously iTunes U). On a Windows or Mac computer use the free iTunes application (see http://itunes.ox.ac.uk), and on Macs running macOS 10.15+ use the Podcasts app. Apple iPhone and iPad users can use the iOS Podcasts app.

You can also subscribe to a series using an RSS reader by clicking the Subscribe button.


In October 2008 the University of Oxford launched its podcast site on iTunes U and this parallel web site http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk.

As of 28 April 2020, here are some key statistics on media published since launch:

- 13,412 podcast items processed
- 10,743 hours of material
- 10,270 academic speakers and contributors
- 29 million downloads from Oxford on iTunes U
- 781 series published

This free web site features public lectures, teaching material, interviews with leading academics, information about applying to the University, and much more.
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