We suggest that you use this checklist below when preparing an application.
1. Check entry requirements
As well as fulfilling the academic entry requirements, all applicants are required to sit the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in November of the year of application. More information on the BMAT can be found at www.bmat.org.uk. Please also check our own webpage about BMAT for any Covid-related changes to BMAT arrangements and requirements in the 2020 application cycle for 2021 entry.
Applicants should also read our statement on health & fitness to practise medicine.
All applicants need to be aware that there is now a lower age limit in place at Oxford Medical School, which means you should be 18 years of age on 1 November in the year you are applying to start the course. Please see our FAQs for further details.
2. Attend an open day
We strongly recommend that you attend one of the Medicine open days at the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre. You do not need to book, just turn up on the day! Staff and students will be at the open day to answer all your questions.
3. Think about costs & funding
How much will it cost?
Information on course fees and general living costs can be found on the student funding website.
What's my fee status?
It is extremely important that applicants are clear on their fee status prior to submitting an application to the Medical School. Do consult the advice posted by the UK Council for International Student Affairs at www.ukcisa.org.uk, which provides a checklist covering information that we may ask you for when deciding on your status:
Any applicant unsure of their status should check the University’s website on determining status for fees purposes and/or write to the Student Fees Team at firstname.lastname@example.org with full details of their circumstances.
Are there any scholarships?
We regret that there are no scholarships available for Medicine in Oxford due to the nature and duration of the course and the costs involved. For more information about student finance matters, and to undertake a full funding search, please see the student funding website.
The scholarship search at www.scholarship-search.org.uk may also be of interest.
Your local branch of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (see www.ifrc.org) might be able to advise you on finding scholarships, or looking for more affordable medical courses, perhaps in your own country.
UK students are strongly advised to read through the Oxford Bursaries website.
4. Register for the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)
Normally all applicants for Medicine at Oxford must register for and sit the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). Please check our webpage about BMAT for any Covid-related changes to BMAT arrangements and requirements in the 2020 application cycle for 2021 entry.
UK applicants are able to sit the BMAT in their own school or college - and should contact their examinations' officer to register for the test. Applicants outside the UK should identify the open test centre closest to them. A list of available test centres worldwide can be found at www.bmat.org.uk.
Applicants can register for the BMAT from 1 September; the standard entry closing date is usually midnight BST on 1 October, and there is a late entry closing date of 5pm on 15 October. Please note that if you register after 1 October you will incur a large penalty fee.
The BMAT is sat everywhere in the world on the last Wednesday in October every year.
Please note, the University of Oxford will not accept BMAT results from the September sitting for A100 Medicine.
5. Choose a college
You can choose a college if you want to, BUT you do not have to! You can in fact submit an open application to the University. Around 20% of applicants to Oxford choose to do this. In any case, you can be assured that our admissions process strives to admit the best candidates irrespective of choice of college on the UCAS form. All colleges are strong academically, and your course (lectures, practicals, seminars, etc) will be the same regardless of the college of which you are a member.
6. Submit an application through UCAS
The deadline for submission of UCAS applications is 15 October every year. You can apply at www.ucas.ac.uk. Please note that applications submitted to UCAS past the 15 October deadline cannot be considered by the Medical School.
Do ensure that you give your complete educational history, and not just details of the qualifications you might be currently working towards (i.e. provide full information on your GCSEs or GCSE-equivalent qualifications).
When writing your personal statement, think about our selection criteria, and read our advice on personal statements:
Do remember to allow sufficient time for your referee to complete his/her section.