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About the course
With separate pre-clinical and clinical sections to the course, students on the Oxford standard medical course (A100) first gain a comprehensive grounding in medical science, before applying that scientific foundation in the clinical setting. Teaching is delivered throughout with reference to findings in academic research.
The pre-clinical part of the course (the first three years of the six-year course) will provide you with the knowledge and understanding that you need to make a start in clinical medicine. It will prepare you for a world where medical practice is rapidly evolving and enable you to make your own distinctive contribution. More about the pre-clinical course
For further information on the structure of the course in the clinical years, please see the clinical study website.
What our students say
Jessica Prince, 3rd year student at St John's College:
Hey! I’m a 3rd year medical student at St John’s College. Studying medicine at Oxford has surrounded me with people who have a passion for what they do and aren’t happy to just accept what’s written in a textbook but instead question how and why, it’s brilliant. The course here is different to many medical schools in that you spend the first 3 years learning the scientific basis of clinical practice before spending your final 3 years in a hospital and GP surgery. This has given me an excellent understanding of why we give a particular drug to a patient, its mechanism of action and the key experiments that have lead to a drug discovery, for example.This will be invaluable not only in clinic but also if we choose to pursue academic medicine. Also, as a taster of academic medicine, at the end of 2nd year all medical students choose a research project that interests them and carry out cutting edge research with a lab, for example I am currently looking at personalising medicine for liver cancer. This is a unique experience to Oxford and many students even have their data published in reputable scientific journals such as Nature! Another unique aspect of the course is the predominant essay based style of examination during the first 3 years. The ability to portray your opinion concisely and logically is a very useful, transferrable skill which this course has taught me. Studying sciences at A level meant I had no previous experience in writing and was utterly terrible however, over the last 2 years I have found a real interest in this and now write and edit for a number of journals. Tutorials have been a real perk of studying at Oxford, the opportunity to discuss a particular topic in detail with a world renown professor and your colleagues is an incredible way of learning... More of what our students say
1 September: BMAT registration opens
1 October: BMAT standard entry closing date
15 October: BMAT late entry closing date (additional fee applies)
15 October: UCAS application deadline
31 October: BMAT to be sat in your school or local test centre
Late November: Short-listing decisions are communicated to applicants by email
9-11 December: Interviews for Medicine in 2018
11 January: Final decisions are communicated to applicants by colleges