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Medicine at Oxford

About the Course

The University of Oxford offers an undergraduate course in Medicine. It is an applied science but equally dealing effectively and sympathetically with individuals whether they may be colleagues or patients. Medicine increasingly deals with difficult ethical dilemmas. Medicine is rapidly and constantly providing and developing a stimulating challenge to medical scientists and practitioners. Medicine offers a wide spectrum of careers from general practice to the specialties of medical research and hospital practice.

Medicine has been studied at the University of Oxford as early as the fourteenth century; however, the Clinical School was established in 1936 by a benefaction from Lord Nuffield for postgraduate research and teaching. Clinical student training began during the Second World War when medical students were evacuated from London. Presently, the clinical and pre-clinical Medicine courses at Oxford provide a well-rounded intellectual training with specific emphasis upon the basic science research that strengthens medicine.

The Medical School at Oxford has expanded in recent years, it remains comparatively small, allowing staff and students to get to know one another and benefit from a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Career Opportunities

Apart from becoming a brain surgeon or a GP, a range of specialty training pathways is available after attaining a medical qualification ranging from emergency medicine or anaesthesia through ophthalmology or obstetrics to psychiatry or paediatrics. Students need not remain confined to the operating theatre or surgery, the laboratory or lecture theatre could also beckon. Some of the Oxford students end up leading the education of the next generation of directing biomedical research or doctors.

The Medical School organizes career sessions for final year clinical students. The school helps students to apply for foundation house officer posts. Rajat, one of the Oxford graduates who is trained in radiology completed a surgical programme and now working as a specialist registrar. The degree in medicine taught him to be a competent doctor and gave him writing skills, which has led to scholarships, prizes and the publication of many articles and books.

Entrance Requirements

  • A-levels: AAA
  • Excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking Candidates should have Chemistry (compulsory) and Biology and/or Mathematics and/or Physics to full A-level
  • Advanced Highers: 'A' in Chemistry Highers: AAAAA
  • Highers should include Mathematics or Biology or Physics
  • IB: 39 (comprising core points)

Candidates should take Chemistry and a second science (Physics or Biology) or Mathematics subject to Higher Level. Candidates shall be expected to obtain a score of 7, 6 and 6 in subjects taken at Higher Level. Candidates who are adequately equipped for the BMAT and for the academic demands of the course and if Physics, Biology or Mathematics have not been taken on to a higher level (A-level or any equivalent), then all candidates shall need to show that they have obtained a basic education in those subjects. Some of the national and international qualifications are acceptable. Students are advised to see the university website for more information.

Students with degrees can apply for the standard course. It must be noticed that there are no places specifically reserved for graduates, no separate application process and they are in open competition with school-levels. Students must note that the university has no preference for whether the third or further A-levels or equivalent qualifications are in Arts or Science subjects. All candidates should take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) as part of their application. Candidates may see how to apply page of the university website for further details.

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