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Staff in the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre (MSTC) and the (Clinical) Medical School Office at the John Radcliffe Hospital have come together to form the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (SMBMS), which is a new organisational unit within the Medical Sciences Division. Its mission is to deliver four interdepartmental undergraduate programmes: Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Graduate-entry Medicine and Pre-clinical Medicine.

The medical school at Oxford has never existed as a formal organisational unit. Previously the staff directing and delivering these programmes have belonged to the Medical Sciences Divisional Administration unit, and the students on these programmes have not had a ‘home’ department. This organisational change has improved the governance arrangements for the School’s programmes, and means that medical students and Biomedical Sciences students now belong to the organisational unit which is responsible for their programmes of study.