Academic entry requirements

Our standard entry requirements are A*AA in three A-levels taken in one academic year. Applicants are required to offer Chemistry (compulsory) AND at least one from Biology, Physics and Mathematics.

Details of academic entry requirements for other qualifications can be found on the the academic entry requirements page.

We also provide further advice for:

Graduate applicants (if you are a science graduate, please see the 4-year A101 Accelerated course in Medicine)

Mature applicants

International applicants (for those who are taking international qualifications and/or are based outside the European Economic Area)

BioMedical Admissions Test

All applicants to Medicine are required to take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in their own school or college, or in a registered test centre, as part of their application.

The test takes place in early November every year. Applicants can register to sit the test from early September, and the last date for BMAT entries usually is 15 October (a late penalty fee is payable after 30 September).

You can find further information on the BMAT on the BMAT page or the Admissions Testing Service website at

Selection criteria

The personal characteristics we look for applicants to the A100 course (both the pre-clinical and clinical parts) are listed below.

Personal characteristics: suitability for medicine

  • Empathy: ability and willingness to imagine the feelings of others and understand the reasons for the views of others
  • Motivation: a reasonably well-informed and strong desire to practise medicine
  • Communication: ability to make knowledge and ideas clear using language appropriate to the audience
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Ethical awareness
  • Ability to work with others
  • Capacity for sustained and intense work

Academic potential

  • Problem-solving: critical thinking, analytical approach
  • Intellectual curiosity: keenness to understand the reason for observations; depth; tendency to look for meaning; enthusiasm and curiosity in science
  • Communication skills: willingness and ability to express clearly and effectively; ability to listen; compatibility with tutorial format

Health & fitness to practise

The University is required by the General Medical Council to ensure that students who graduate with degrees of BMBCh are fit to practise Medicine. This is a matter in which conduct and health, and not simply academic standing, are relevant. Medical students must display similar standards of behaviour to qualified doctors (including honesty and integrity), a professional attitude towards patients and colleagues, an ability to communicate with patients and gain their trust, and an ability to cope with the emotional pressures associated with the study and practice of Medicine. For information and help visit the University of Oxford's Occupational Health Service website.

We also provide further information on health & fitness to practise matters.