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A100 Medicine at Oxford


FIRST bm (First 5 terms)

All courses compulsory: Focus on introduction to the fundamental aspects of the structure and function of the human body, and to the basis mechanisms underlying disease.

  • Organization of the body
  • Physiology and pharmacology
  • Biochemistry and medical genetics
  • Population health 1: Medical sociology
  • Patient and doctor course

Part I Examination

  • Applied physiology and pharmacology
  • The nervous system
  • Principles of pathology
  • Psychology for medicine
  • Patient and doctor course

Part II Examination

BA in Medical Sciences (last 4 terms)

Two advanced options (examples below), plus a research project and submitted essay. Focus on a spirit of enquiry and critical thinking.

  • Neuroscience (systems, cellular, or cognitive and behavioural)
  • Pharmacology and signalling
  • Cardiovascular science
  • Molecular pathology
  • Metabolism and endocrinology
  • Infection
  • Immunity

BA Examination



Separate admissions process applies. Core curriculum focus on preparation for Foundation Training, complemented by wide range of modules that allow development of knowledge/interest in specialist areas, and offer additional research and presentation opportunities.

Year 4: focus on honing of clinical skills

Continuous, staged assessment

  • Patient and doctor course II (+GP residential attachment)
  • Laboratory medicine
  • Rotations in surgery and medicine
  • Hospital attachment
  • Special study module

Year 5: focus on specialist clinical areas

Continuous, staged assessment

Six 8-week blocks in:

  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Obstetrics & gynaecology and genito-urinary medicine
  • Orthopaedics, A&E and musculo-skeletal medicine
  • Clinical geratology, dermatology, palliative care, public health, primary care
  • Neurology and neurosurgery, ENT, opthalmology

Year 6: consolidation of skills and preparation for practice

Final examination for BM BCh

  • Senior rotations in medicine and surgery in Oxford and District General Hospitals
  • Options in clinical specialtIes
  • Special study modules, 10-week elective, student assistantship