Medicine: Application Process
Note that the deadline for UCAS application is 15 October; the deadline for BMAT registration is 1 October (with late BMAT registration possible up to 15 October for an extra fee). If you require access arrangements to your test, please make these in good time according to the timeline at https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/medicine/pre-clinical and of course on the BMAT website itself.
Also, applicants must take the later test (November) and not the September one. Applicants applying having taken the September BMAT will not be considered for entry to the course.
Stage 1: Acknowledgement
You should receive email confirmation from the Medical School stating that we have received your application towards the end of October. Please ensure you have given us a working email address.
Please let us know by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you fail to hear from us within two weeks of the applications closing date.
You must have registered for the BMAT by 1 October (see the BMAT website). There is a "late" deadline of 15 October, where you will be liable to pay a late fee.
If you do not register to sit BMAT your application will not be considered further.
Stage 2: Shortlisting
We will only call you to interview if we believe you have a good chance of being offered a place.We aim to call between two and three people for each available place. In recent years we have interviewed 425 applicants (about 25% of the cohort applying to the course, although this varies according to the size of the field in any given year).
As part of the process to decide which applicants are called to interview, we establish a numerical ranking on the basis of GCSE performance and BMAT results (both quantitative and objective measures and equally weighted). If applicants have not taken GCSEs or IGCSEs the ranking is based on BMAT score alone. This ranking forms the basis of an initial shortlist.
BMAT is the only element of an application that is common to all applicants in Medicine and giving as it does a snapshot of ability and aptitude, is an important selection tool when assessing a large number of extremely well-qualified applicants.
The GCSE parameter that we will use will be a combination of number of A* grades (or grade 8 or 9) and proportion of A* grades (in equal weighting) of all GCSEs achieved (excluding short courses, but including AQA Level 2 in Further Mathematics and the WJEC Level 2 Certificate in Latin). GCSE performance will be considered within the context of the school at which the GCSEs have been sat (using government data on the percentage of pupils obtaining 5 or more GCSEs at grade A*-A).
You should bear in mind that as we shortlist the same number of people every year, and we use two variables (which carry the same weight), there is no actual cut-off for either BMAT or GCSEs. How well you need to do in the BMAT in order to be shortlisted will be entirely dependent on how well every other applicant does, and how well you have done in GCSEs (if you have taken them). A slightly weaker performance at GCSE may be compensated for by a very good BMAT score, and vice-versa.
You may be interested in looking at the admissions statistics relating to BMAT and GCSE performance.
The applications of candidates who do not make the initial shortlist are reviewed by tutors, taking into account any individual circumstances - both academic and non-academic - that might indicate that GCSE and/or BMAT performance is likely to have underestimated their potential. Any applicants deemed worthy of further consideration are then reviewed by a cross-college panel, alongside applicants immediately below the initial shortlist. As a result of this process around 40 additional applicants are added to the shortlist.
We shall advise you whether or not you have been short-listed for interview as soon as possible at the end of November.
We work hard to ensure that an applicant's chance of success is never adversely affected by their choice of college. In the rare event that a college becomes over-subscribed with applicants at the interview stage, it may become necessary for us to re-allocate a very small number of applicants to another college in order to balance interviews : places ratios and maximise your chances of success.
Decisions made at the shortlisting stage are final. Feedback for applicants not shortlisted is available on request. If your application was rejected prior to the interview stage and you wish to receive feedback please write to the Co-ordinator for Admissions, c/o Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PL. You can view our policy on feedback for applicants.
Stage 3: Interviews
All interviews will be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams in 2021.
Those shortlisted will be interviewed at two colleges: where possible, one will be your college of choice (or allocation, if you made an open application), the second will be allocated to you randomly.
The order in which colleges see you will be arbitrary, and therefore the college interviewers will not be aware of your college choice (or allocation) at the time of the interviews, and you should not reveal it to them.
The number and format of interviews at each college may vary but the selection criteria are common to all colleges. You will be interviewed by at least two academics at each college and by at least one practising clinician. 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!
You can also find further information at the University interview website.
Interview arrangements for 2021 round
Interviews will be held online; shortlisted candidates will be interviewed either on Friday December 10 and Monday December 13, or on Tuesday and Wednesday December 14 and 15. It is not possible for applicants to choose a preferred interview session.
Stage 4: Final decisions
Following your interviews, your college of choice (or allocation if you made an open application) will write to inform you of the outcome. Your letter or email will be scheduled to arrive on a specified date in early January.
Stage 5: Feedback
Applicants seeking post-interview feedback should consult the Admissions Office at their college of preference (or allocation for open applicants). Please see our feedback policy.