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About the course
With separate pre-clinical and clinical sections to the course, students on the Oxford standard medical course (A100) first gain a comprehensive grounding in medical science, before applying that scientific foundation in the clinical setting. Teaching is delivered throughout with reference to findings in academic research.
The pre-clinical part of the course (the first three years of the six-year course) will provide you with the knowledge and understanding that you need to make a start in clinical medicine. It will prepare you for a world where medical practice is rapidly evolving and enable you to make your own distinctive contribution. More about the pre-clinical course
For further information on the structure of the course in the clinical years, please see the clinical study website.
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What our students say
Joseph Delo, 2nd year student at Magdalen College:
Pre-clinical studies at Oxford is three years in duration and leads to a BA in Medical Sciences. The theoretical nature of the course, with limited patient contact, is not for everyone but would suit those for a passion for science. I feel that we are being well prepared to make clinical decisions in the future, and that the option of research medicine is always open to us. I really enjoyed the patient-doctor sessions that are held in GP surgeries twice a term in the first and second year. They help you appreciate the impact illness has on people’s lives and reinforce what you learn in lectures. In addition they start to develop your communication style ready for the clinical course.
The majority of teaching is done in the medical school by means of lectures, practicals, seminars, and computer aided learning. One of best features of the medical course at Oxford is the tutorial system. Tutorials are held in small college groups with tutors that are experts in their field, and sometimes practicing clinicians. Not only do tutorials strengthen your understanding of material covered in lectures, they extend beyond the syllabus while teaching you to defend your point of view... More of what our students say