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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.
For more information on medical training in the UK, please see the UK Medical Schools Council website.
What our students say
Jonas Sandbrink, 1st year student at Trinity College:
Hi! I am a first year medical student at Trinity College Oxford. As I am from Germany, studying medicine at Oxford and in the UK was not the natural choice. Nonetheless, I am so glad I am here - the teaching is great and there are many intriguing people around.
The pace of the coursework is challenging but with a little time management it’s not impossible to keep up with. Next to coursework, 5-6 times rowing training per week, and going to interesting talks and debates, I still find time to relax and go out with my friends. The thing I like best about the course is the variety of material being taught, even in 1st year! Every week is different and new material is covered, every week you get to know more interesting facts! Learning anatomy in the dissection room on prosected specimens (conducted by surgical trainees that teach you weird mnemonics) and learning biochemistry, physiology, and pharmacology in extremely well conducted laboratory practicals is always interesting and fun.
It is amazing to learn everything about the human body from incredible tutors and lecturers that dare to prove textbooks wrong with the latest research and love to discuss their subjects. Tutorials give you the chance to ask questions and really make sure you understand the topic covered. I am very much looking forward to doing my own Final Honour School research project at the end of 2nd year - although I already enjoy the amount of primary source literature we get in touch with. If you think that pursuing research on top of practicing as a doctor is for you, definitely apply to Oxford! Another amazing thing about Oxford in general, but also the medical community, is how international everything is - lecturers and students from all over the world come here to work together. The medical student body is one of the most diverse at Oxford, hence you get the chance to make friends with people from many different backgrounds and with a wide variety of ambitions. There are many societies where you can catch up with people from your home country, but to be honest, college life and especially studying medicine surrounds you with so many lovely people that I do not miss home too much.
Even though the interviews might sound daunting at first they are quite an exciting experience in themselves, I got to meet many interesting people, some of whom I am still in contact with. It’s also a real first taste of uni life and a unique experience of Oxford and its colleges, so just apply and give it a shot! Studying medicine at Oxford is a challenging but very rewarding experience - you will not find a place where the teaching is better or the community more supportive!
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