University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus 2015 entry



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Medicine


A BA in 3 years, a BM BCh in 6 years UCAS code: A100

Course statistics for 2013 entry


Interviewed: 30%

Successful: 10%

Intake: 149

Entrance requirements


A-levels: A*AA, in three A-levels taken in one academic year

Excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies. Candidates are required to have Chemistry (compulsory), plus Biology and/or Physics and/or Mathematics to full A-level.

Advanced Highers: AA (including Chemistry)

Highers: AAAAA

Highers must include Biology or Mathematics or Physics. We will accept applications from students with only one Advanced Higher; see the website for details of our policy.

IB: 39 (including core points) with 766 at HL

Candidates are required to take Chemistry and a second science (Biology or Physics) and/or Mathematics to Higher Level.

Subject combinations: Please note that we have no preference for whether the third or fourth A-level subject (or further subject in equivalent qualifications) is a science or not.

Other qualifications: Other national and international qualifications are also acceptable. Please see our website for further guidance: www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/medicine. Any candidate in doubt as to their academic eligibility for this course is strongly encouraged to seek advice by emailing admissions@medschool.ox.ac.uk.

Level of attainment in Science and Mathematics: In order to be adequately equipped for the BMAT (see p 118 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]) and for the academic demands of the course, and if Biology, Physics or Mathematics have not been taken to A-level (or equivalent), applicants will need to have received a basic education in those subjects (for example at least a grade C at GCSE, Intermediate 2 or Standard grade (Credit), or equivalent; the GCSE Dual Award Combined Sciences is also appropriate).

Graduates: Students with degrees may apply for the standard course. There are no places specifically reserved for graduates, and there is no separate application process. Graduates are in open competition with school-leavers, and need to fulfill the same entrance requirements.

Tuition Fees for 2014


Home/EU: £9,000/year

No upfront costs: you can get a loan for the full amount

Grants, bursaries and scholarships available

More on student finance: p 120 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]

Medicine is a single six-year course for fees purposes. You will be charged fees related to your year of entry to the pre-clinical course.

How to apply (see page 118) [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]


Tests: BMAT on 5 November 2014

Written Work: None required


More Information


www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/medicine

admissions@medschool.ox.ac.uk

Oxford Open days


2 and 3 July, and 19 September 2014 ox.ac.uk/opendays

The accelerated course (graduate entry)


Graduates in experimental science subjects may be eligible to apply for the four-year accelerated course (UCAS code A101 BMBCh4). After a special two-year transition phase covering both basic science and clinical skills, the accelerated programme leads into the final two years of the standard course and to the same Oxford medical qualification as the standard (six-year) course. The four-year course is designed specifically for science graduates, and places a strong emphasis on the scientific basis of medical practice.

Applicants to the four-year accelerated course must follow the application procedure (described on p 118 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]) (including the BMAT), and also complete an additional Oxford application form. See www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/medicinefor further information and details of eligibility.


Is Medicine for you?


The practice of Medicine offers a breadth of experiences that it is impossible to find in any other subject. Every day brings different patients with different needs. It’s a great choice for scientists who strive to understand and apply research findings to improve the lives of the patients in their care. It offers a meaningful career that is prestigious, secure and relatively well paid. However, practising Medicine can be arduous, stressful, frustrating and bureaucratic and it’s not suited to everyone. You need to be sure that Medicine is the right choice for you. These pages will help you work that out, but there’s no better way to find out for sure than by gaining insight of medical practice by seeing it in action and talking to those who provide healthcare. Studying Medicine because that is what is expected of you is never a good idea: make sure that your motives for choosing to do so are well reasoned.

Medicine at Oxford


Medicine has been studied at Oxford from as early as the 14th century, although a Clinical School was established as recently as 1936 by a benefaction from Lord Nuffield for postgraduate teaching and research. Clinical student training started during the Second World War when medical students were evacuated from London. Today, the Medicine course at Oxford provides a well-rounded intellectual training with particular emphasis on the basic science research that underpins medicine. We have retained a distinct three-year pre-clinical stage that includes studying towards a BA Honours degree in Medical Sciences, followed by a three-year clinical stage.

Although the Medical School at Oxford has expanded in recent times, it remains relatively small, allowing students and staff to get to know one another and benefit from a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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The pre-clinical stage


Applicants are initially admitted to the pre-clinical stage of the course.

The first five terms of this course are devoted to the ‘First BM’. This addresses not only much of the science that underpins Medicine, but also the clinical problems that arise when systems fail. Students are introduced to the major systems of the body and study all aspects of their structure and function in health and also the principles of disease processes. Students are encouraged to develop an enquiring approach and to consider the experimental basis of the science in the course. Matters of clinical relevance are illustrated from the outset. There are clinical demonstrations in hospitals, and students make regular visits to GP tutors.

The First BM is followed by a four-term BA Honours course (the ‘Final Honour School’) in Medical Sciences. Students specialise in an area of biomedical science selected from one of five options. They will become fully accustomed to working from research papers and primary sources in the literature, and will be encouraged to think both critically and creatively. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of their chosen option, and will improve their technical ability both at the bench and in the use of electronic resources to handle and present experimental results and to search scientific databases.

The Principles of Clinical Anatomy course, delivered at the end of the third year, is designed to teach students clinically relevant aspects of anatomy that will be of immediate use in their clinical years.


Teaching methods and study support


During the pre-clinical stage of the course, the college tutorial system is a central feature: students see their tutors and are taught weekly in groups often as small as two. This teaching can be tailored to individuals’ needs and interests. Most University lectures, seminars and practical classes take place in the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre in the Science Area. Lecturers are drawn from Oxford’s extensive pre-clinical and clinical departments, all of which have international reputations for excellence in research, and the courses are organised on an interdisciplinary basis so as to emphasise the interrelatedness of all aspects of the curriculum.

Research work


In addition to taking written and computer-based examinations, and submitting practical reports and an extended essay, students undertake a research project as part of their BA course. This will be in a field of interest to the student, and will offer valuable first-hand experience of scientific research. Students have the opportunity to undertake research in a laboratory from a wide range of departments within the University.

A typical weekly timetable


During the First BM, lectures and practicals occupy about half of the time, and the remainder is free for tutorial work, self-directed study and extra-curricular activities. During the BA course, formal lecturing is kept to a minimum, and students are mostly free to pursue their research and to prepare for tutorials and seminars. Strong academic support ensures that students manage their time effectively.

Progress to clinical training


In December of the third year, students must apply to be accepted by a clinical school. Currently a joint admissions scheme (under review) is in place with the Universities of Cambridge and London to ensure that all suitably qualified Oxford pre-clinical students will be allocated a clinical school place within the scheme. Of those who choose to apply to the Oxford Clinical School, about 85% have been successful in past years. The rest mostly go to London or to Cambridge. No student is guaranteed a place in Oxford, but there are sufficient places in the system to ensure that all qualified students will find a place for their clinical training. Upon completion of the clinical stage of the course, the subsequent years are spent on Foundation and Specialist Training programmes.

Best in the world for medicine


Oxford is the best in the world for medicine, according to The Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2013–14 league table for ‘clinical, pre-clinical and health’, a position it has held since 2011–12.

What are tutors looking for?


Please note that competition to study Medicine at Oxford is particularly strong and only around 425 applicants are

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shortlisted for interview each year. Applicants are shortlisted for interview on the basis of BMAT test performance, GCSE performance (if applicable) and other information on their application. No student is admitted without interview. Any overseas candidates for Medicine who are shortlisted will be expected to come to Oxford for interview in December. Students are selected for their scientific ability and for their aptitude for Medicine. Applicants are expected to show that they have a realistic under-standing of what a medical career will involve, and that they have the potential to become effective and caring doctors. All colleges use a common set of selection criteria that relate to academic potential and suitability for Medicine. For further information about selection criteria, please see: www.ox.ac.uk/criteria.

Applicants are free to make reference to skills or experience acquired in any context to illustrate how they might fulfil the selection criteria; sometimes candidates refer to voluntary work and other extra-curricular activities, but many forms of evidence can help demonstrate to tutors that a candidate has made an informed decision regarding their own suitability to study Medicine.


Application conditions


Oxford conforms to the UK Department of Health’s requirements regarding immunisation status (hepatitis, BCG and rubella) and the GMC’s conditions on Fitness to Practise, and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check. Students may be refused entry to, or be removed from, the University’s Register of Medical Students on grounds that may be either academic or non-academic (for instance health or conduct). Applicants should be aware that some practical studies involving living animal tissue are an obligatory component of the course.

Related courses


Students interested in this course might also like to consider Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Human Sciences or Chemistry.

Careers


From becoming a GP to training as a brain surgeon, a vast array of speciality training pathways is available after obtaining a medical qualification, ranging from anaesthesia or emergency medicine through obstetrics or ophthalmology to paediatrics or psychiatry.

Of course, you need not remain confined to the surgery or the operating theatre: the lecture theatre or the laboratory could also beckon. Some of our graduates end up leading the education of the next generation of doctors or directing biomedical research. You don’t need to know right now what you want to do when you qualify: the Medical School organises careers sessions

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for final-year clinical students and helps students learn about and apply for foundation house officer posts.



BM BCh graduates are entitled to provisional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) with a licence to practise, subject to demonstrating to the GMC that their fitness to practise is not impaired.

Gordon, who graduated in 2004, now works in the field of biotechnology. He says: Although I studied medicine as an undergraduate and qualified as a doctor in 2004, I have not remained working in clinical medicine in the NHS. Instead building my career in small high-growth biotechnology companies in the UK, California, and France. My time as an undergraduate at Oxford was hugely influential in seizing interesting scientific and business opportunities well outside the boundaries of a typical medical career in the NHS.

Brad, who graduated in 2004, currently works as a Forensic Psychiatrist with mentally disordered offenders at Broadmoor high security psychiatric hospital. Brad developed through tutorials at Oxford the strong academic knowledge base and confidence to challenge ‘received wisdom’. This has allowed him to diversify his clinical career to include roles in leadership and innovation in the NHS.

For more information about careers after Oxford, please see p 122 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note].


First BM Part 1: Terms 1–3

Courses


  • Organisation of the body

  • Physiology and pharmacology

  • Biochemistry and medical genetics

  • Population health: Medical sociology

  • Patient and Doctor course

Assessment


  • Three core computer-based assessments

  • Satisfactory practical record

First BM Part 2: Terms 4–6

Courses


  • Applied physiology and pharmacology

  • The nervous system

  • Principles of pathology

  • Psychology for medicine

  • Patient and Doctor course

Assessment


  • Three core computer-based assessments

  • Four written papers

  • Satisfactory practical record

Final Honour School in Medical Sciences: Terms 6–9

Courses


  • Option (one from: Neuroscience; Molecular medicine; Infection and immunity; Cardiovascular, renal and respiratory biology; Cellular physiology and pharmacology)

  • Research project

  • Extended essay

  • Principles of clinical anatomy

Assessment


  • Written papers

  • Submission of extended essay and research project write-up

  • Oral presentation of research project

  • Qualifying exam in Principles of clinical anatomy: computer-based assessment

Student statement


In the third year you get to pick your own research project, in a field that you enjoy. Minesh

listen to more at ox.ac.uk/courses

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