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The Medical Sciences Division is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for biomedical and clinical research and teaching and is the largest of the four academic divisions within the University. The other three divisions are Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences and Social Sciences

Over 5000 academics, researchers, NHS clinicians and GPs, and administrative staff, 1500 graduate and 1600 undergraduate students, together contribute to our extensive and exemplary research, teaching and clinical portfolios.

We aim to be the best university biomedical institution in Europe and amongst the best five biomedical institutions in the world, and have been ranked number one for the last ten years in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences - the only non-North American institution to be top-ranked by THE in any subject discipline.


Lecturer in front of classOur courses place an emphasis on rigorous science and research, and are responsive to scientific developments taking place in Oxford and elsewhere. Students benefit from excellent facilities, high-quality transferable skills training and ongoing support. Student satisfaction is high, and for many years the Oxford Medical School course has topped the league tables for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

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Researcher looking at computer screen© OU Images / Nasir HamidOur researchers work across the full range of biomedical and clinical sciences, from the molecule to large population studies, in centres across Oxford and overseas. The excellence of our research is recognised by our top placing in international league tables and through ranking top for overall quality in the Research Excellence Framework. In 2015/16, our research income was £340m.

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Scientist pipettingWe have long standing partnerships with local NHS Trusts, including the NIHR-funded Oxford Biomedical Research Centre with the Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Our staff work with others across the University, in other academic institutions, and with industrial partners. These relationships are essential in taking new discoveries out of the lab and into patient care.

More information on our partnerships and collaborations

Equality & Diversity

Athena Swan Logo© Athena SwanWe are committed to providing 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. The Division currently holds a total of 15 Silver and 1 Bronze Athena SWAN awards.

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