The standard course (A100)
How to apply
For details on how to apply please refer to ox.ac.uk/apply. Please note the closing date for applications for all Medicine courses is 15 October 2013.
You do not need to submit any written work when you apply for this course.
All applicants must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in their own school or college or approved test centre on 6 November 2013. The standard deadline for registration is 1 October 2013, and the final deadline for registration is 15 October 2013. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure they are registered for this test.
See www.bmat.org.uk for further details.
What are tutors looking for?
Please note that competition to study Medicine at Oxford is particularly strong and only around 425 applicants are shortlisted for interview each year.
Applicants are shortlisted for interview on the basis of BMAT test performance, prior academic record, and all 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 understanding 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.
Progress to Clinical training
In December of the third year, students must apply to be accepted by a clinical school. A joint admissions scheme 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.
All colleges use a common set of selection criteria (see website) that relate to academic potential and suitability for medicine.
The accelerated (graduate entry) course (A101)
Graduates in applied or experimental science subjects may be eligible to apply for the four-year accelerated course (UCAS code A101 BMBCh4).
Further information about the graduate entry course, including details of eligibility, entrance requirements and the application procedure, can be found on the relevant section of the Medical School website. Please note the closing date for applications for all Medicine courses is 15 October 2013.
Applicants for this accelerated course will need to sit the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) on 6 November 2013. Please note that separate registration for this test is required and it is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are registered for it. The standard deadline for registration is 1 October 2013, and the final deadline for registration is 15 October 2013. For information on how to register and specimen papers please see www.bmat.org.uk.
Application conditions for both medical courses
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 Criminal Records Bureau disclosure. 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.
Fitness to Practise advice and support:
General Medical Council
University of Oxford Occupational Health Service