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Stage 1: Acknowledgement

You should receive confirmation that we have received your application by email from the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre towards the end of October. Please make sure you have added our email address to your 'safe senders' list, just in case our emails are being wrongly identified as spam.

Please let us know by email ( if you fail to hear from us within two weeks of the applications closing date.

Please note if you have not registered for the BMAT by 15 October your application will not be considered.

Stage 2: Short-listing

sheldonian fogWe will only call you to interview if we believe you have a good chance of being offered a place. Therefore, we aim to call approximately three people for each available place. Short-listing will be based on your academic achievements, your BMAT score and on other relevant information in your application.

Do be aware that sections of the BMAT do not attract equal weighting. In 2019 weightings will be set as follows:

  • Section 1: 40%
  • Section 2: 40%
  • Section 3: 20%

We shall write to you (by email) at the beginning of December to let you know whether or not you have been short-listed.

Decisions made at the short-listing stage are final. Feedback for applicants is available on request. Please email if your application was rejected prior to the interview stage.

Stage 3: Interviews

All short-listed applicants within the European Economic Area must be prepared to travel to Oxford for their interviews as per the set interview schedule. If you are outside the European Economic Area and cannot attend the interview in Oxford, the college which is considering your application may choose to interview you by telephone, video conference or over the internet through Skype, but such an interview cannot be guaranteed. The University's policy on interview arrangements for international applicants can be found here:

The University posts helpful advice for candidates preparing for interviews at Oxford.

college dinnerIt is not possible for candidates to try to arrange interviews outside of the specified period.

Those short-listed will be interviewed at two colleges. One interview will be at your college of choice (or allocation, if you made an open application). A second college will be allocated to you randomly by a computer. Your invitation letter will come from the college at which you will spend the first night, and this may be the second college (i.e. not you college of choice or allocation).

The order in which colleges see you will therefore be arbitrary. Consequently, the college tutors who will interview you will not be aware of your college preference at the time of the interviews - and you should not reveal it to them.

You will be interviewed by at least two academics at each college. You cannot predict whether your application has been successful by counting the number of interviews you receive, so don’t become anxious if you receive either more or fewer than you expect!

The number and format of interviews at each college may vary, but the selection criteria are common to all colleges.

Stage 4: Final Decisions

Following your interviews, your college of choice (or allocated college, if you made an open application) will write to inform you of the outcome.

Stage 5: Feedback

Candidates seeking post-interview feedback should consult the Admissions Office at their college of choice (or allocation).