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The Medical Sciences Division

Our aim in research is to be the best university biomedical institution in Europe and to be amongst the top five in the world and, in the context of outstanding research, to deliver top class teaching and patient care.

The Division comprises over 2200 academics and staff, 800 graduate students and 900 undergraduates; about 350 NHS Clinicians and GPs contribute to our teaching activities. In total over 2500 individuals are involved in research.

Medical sciences research at Oxford has maintained its pre-eminent standing, as demonstrated by the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Analysis of the results published in December 2008 places Oxford medical sciences research as being of the highest quality in the UK in four separate medical science disciplines.

The Times Higher Education has analysed the original data provided by HEFCE and has published a league-table style analysis that ranks the quality of the research submitted to each Unit of Assessment (UoA). In this analysis, Oxford is ranked highest in the UoAs of

  • Cardiovascular Medicine,
  • Infection and Immunity,
  • Primary Care & Other Community Based Clinical Subjects,
  • Pre-clinical & Human Biological Sciences.

Oxford achieved a second place ranking in the UoAs of

  • Psychology,
  • Biochemistry,
  • Other Laboratory Based Clinical Subjects.

An on-going capital programme of c £106 million is funding a series of prestigious buildings and research centres. A detailed review of our programmes and themes can be found in the research pages of this site.


In teaching, we have received high marks in Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Academic Reviews - most recently receiving a top score for our Clinical and Experimental Psychology courses. We are regularly at the top of the rankings in the Guardian University Guide for Medicine and Psychology.
The Division aims to provide an inclusive environment which promotes equality, values
diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights 
and dignity of all its staff and students are respected to assist them in reaching their
full potential. Departments within the Division are committed to gaining Athena SWAN awards. 

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, 
engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education.
For more information, please visit Athena SWAN at the University of Oxford.
Head of the Division: Professor Alastair M Buchan DSc FMedSci Associate Heads of Division: Professors Keith Channon (Clinical Research), Kay Davies (Development, Impact and Equality), 
David Paterson (Education), Rodney Phillips (Finance and Physical Capital), Dr John Reynolds (Clinical Affairs),
Professors Irene Tracey (Personnel) and Matthew Wood (Research) 

Secretary of the Medical Sciences Division: Dr David Bryan

Senior Assistant Registrars: Position Vacant (Resource and Planning Coordination), Ms Jane Dale (Education)