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Attainable, exciting, stimulating, challenging….

These are the words offered by students who attended a recent residential UNIQ summer school for Medicine.

Our student body is one of the most diverse in the UK, and people of all backgrounds and experience succeed here.  We value each student's contribution as an individual, and students receive support and direction throughout their studies which are tailored to your particular talents, needs and aspirations.

Who can study Medicine at Oxford?

Why not you? Our tutors are looking for academically gifted students who are committed to a career in Medicine. Your school and general background are of no importance: if you hold, or are on predicted to achieve, A*AA at A-level (or equivalent), and have an excellent set of GCSE grades, there is every reason to apply.

We do of course recognise that many prospective students worry about tuition and living costs. However, studying at Oxford is no more expensive than studying at other institutions in the UK, and the University runs generous schemes to support its undergraduate students: see the fees & funding website.

For medicine specific funding information see the Funding for Medical Students website.

The University provides particular support to students in the UK from lower income households with the Oxford Opportunity Bursaries, which benefit a large number of students each year. Please go to the  Oxford bursaries and fee reductions website to find out more. In addition there are also Moritz-Heyman scholarships. More information on these can be found on the  Moritz-Heyman Scholarship website.

Come and meet us in Oxford!

Open days

We hold three open days for Pre-Clinical Medicine each year at the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre in Oxford. See our open days page for further information.

Summer school

The summer school is intended for Year 12 students who are attending state schools in the UK.

The selection criteria for the summer school are:

  • Performance at GCSE (within the context of the school at which GCSEs were taken);
  • The history of successful application to Oxford at the applicant’s A-Level (or equivalent) school;
  • The postcode of the applicant's primary residence;
  • Whether the applicant has been in care;
  • Evidence of passion and enthusiasm for the subject as demonstrated in the personal statement.
It has been a fantastic week and I'm so grateful that I was given a chance to experience this. Usually people from my background would be deterred from applying to Oxford thinking it was above their reach, but after coming to this summer school I am very motivated to apply to Oxford. - UNIQ Summer School 2012
Every year we also hold a week-long residential summer school in Medicine: the UNIQ Summer School.

Applicants for the summer school will need to have appropriate subject combinations at A-level to apply (Chemistry plus at least one from Biology, Physics or Maths).

As well as advice on how to best prepare for the admissions process, the programme offers a mix of activities, with an emphasis on active participation – i.e. group work and informed debate. You might be taking part in a mock tutorial, learning about the latest research of one of our research groups, putting yourself in the shoes of a GP and working with ‘actor’ patients, or visiting a surgeon at the hospital to learn about their work and the techniques and equipment they use to treat patients. You will also sample some of the rich academic facilities open to students at the University.

Check the UNIQ Summer School website for further information and to apply.


Or perhaps we might be in your area soon...?

In addition to our open days and the summer school, the University and Medical School participate in a number of outreach and recruitment activities.

Oxford & Cambridge Student Conferences

These are some of the largest events for students wishing to apply to Oxford & Cambridge, and are completely free . Medical tutors regularly contribute to the programme of the Oxbridge conferences.

See the Oxbridge conferences website for further information.

Regional Teachers’ Conferences

Medicine is often represented at regional teachers' conferences held around the country over the summer each year. Our tutors will provide information on admissions for Medicine, and there will also be opportunities to see mock tutorials and obtain advice on how to help applicants with their UCAS application forms.

See the Events for Teachers website for further information.

Other activities

The University also organises visits to schools and colleges. Email for further information.

Additional outreach


Since the summer of 2009 the Medical School has been taking part in a pilot project in association with Bedford School. The project enables universities to broadcast a selection of first year lectures in Medicine to sixth-formers via videoconferencing, with the aims of providing a taster of teaching at university level and enabling sixth-formers to gain some insight into courses at different universities.

Other activities

The University of Oxford organises a variety of outreach and widening participation activities. To find out more please visit the Working with schools and colleges website.