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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, 2nd year student at Trinity College:
Hi! I am a second 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 and how interesting it is. Every week is different and new material is covered, every week you get to know more interesting facts - second year has been especially amazing with regards of this! Learning about diseases and how they come about, looking at bacteria in the lab, learning about neuroscience and how the brain works, and integrating physiological knowledge learned in first year has made every week of second year exciting.
It is amazing to learn everything about the human body and the scientific approaches to understand it 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 currently doing my Final Honour School research project at the end of 2nd year - I am in a local lab that works on diabetes. I have realised that I really enjoy wet lab research, even though I have also learned to appreciate how tedious, frustrating, and hard doing scientific research can be. Out of a choice of ten options, I have chosen the Infection and Immunity ones for third year and have already started to attend the first lectures on these - I am looking forward to being able to really get to the cutting edge of research of some selected topics and read more in depth on them. I believe being taught to not only understand scientific research papers but also to begin to think like a scientist is a very unique thing about the Final Honour School course in third year here. 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
30 October: BMAT to be sat in your school or local test centre
Early December: Short-listing decisions are communicated to applicants by email
15-17 December: Interviews for Medicine in 2019
Mid-January: Final decisions are communicated to applicants by colleges