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Biomedical Science is an exciting and rapidly-moving subject area, highly relevant to major issues facing society today.

The University of Oxford is an internationally recognised centre for biomedical research and teaching. It has excellent facilities for biomedical sciences students, which include outstanding libraries and a purpose-built teaching centre that houses computing and laboratory facilities. Oxford aims to recruit and select the brightest and best students from the UK and the rest of the world, so you will have the chance to join a high-performing international cohort, encompassing students from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Student in a labThis broad and flexible programme ranges from genetics and molecular and cellular biology to integrated systems physiology, neuroscience and psychology. At the heart of the educational experience at Oxford is the tutorial system, which offers you the chance to review theories with tutors and further explore ideas that arise in discussion with them.

The course is truly interdisciplinary in nature, with a number of departments and units contributing teaching, including  Biochemistry, Experimental Psychology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics.

Course structure

The broad first year will ensure that you receive a strong foundation in all aspects of the subject, and training in relevant study skills. You will attend lectures, practical classes and tutorials that will introduce you to systems science (Body, Brain and Behaviour) and to cell biology (Cells, Molecules, Genes), as well as classes in essential physical, mathematical and statistical concepts to give you the confidence to work with primary literature later in the course.

Entering the second year, a wide range of options of differing weight are available in the following themes:

  • Psychological processes and disorders
  • Neuroscience
  • Cellular and systems physiology
  • Genetics and developmental biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Cellular pathology and immunology

By the beginning of your third year, you will have chosen whether you wish to graduate from the course with either a BA degree in Cell and Systems Biology or a BA degree in Neuroscience. Students electing for the pathway in Cell and Systems Biology will study themes from two of five specialised options (Neuroscience; Molecular Medicine; Cardiovascular and Respiratory Biology; Infection and Immunity; Cellular Physiology and Pharmacology), whereas students electing for Neuroscience will select one or two from around twenty Psychology advanced courses to study alongside the specialised Neuroscience option. The course in the third year is intended to encourage both in-depth, focussed study, and also integrative thinking that seeks out connections between different research disciplines.

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BMS Course Structure