Hybrid (organic-oxide) photovoltaic device performance is highly dependent on the nature and quality of the organic-oxide interface. This work investigates the details of interfacial morphology in terms of the molecular order of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) at the planar interface with zinc oxide (ZnO) formed by pulsed laser deposition. Resonant Raman spectroscopy is employed as a powerful morphological probe for conjugated polymers to reveal that the interfacial P3HT is disrupted during the deposition process whereas the bulk polymer shows an increase in molecular order. External quantum efficiency measurements of P3HT:ZnO bilayer devices show that this disordered P3HT region is active in photocurrent generation. © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.