Excellence in medical education recognised | University of Oxford

Excellence in medical education recognised

Medical and health teaching and research at Oxford University has been ranked as the world's best for the fifth year running in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The rankings for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health subjects, released on Thursday 14 October, are based on 13 criteria measuring teaching, research, industry links and international outlook, providing a well-regarded comparison of universities worldwide.

This reflects the hard work, excellence, and the sense of common purpose of the many staff and students in the University’s Medical Sciences Division as well as our key partners.

Professor Alastair Buchan

The Medical Sciences Division is a significant part of the University of Oxford, with more than 5500 researchers, teachers and staff, 1400 graduate and 1600 undergraduate students. As one of the largest biomedical research centres in Europe, it carries out a considerable number of clinical trials to develop new treatments and to improve patient care and safety. Both research and clinical trials are supported by a network of international research units in Africa and Asia.

Key to the division's success  is its close partnership with the NHS in Oxfordshire. This means that lessons from the day-to-day experience of real-life patient care are used to improve the University’s research and teaching, while the latest developments in medical research are used to improve patient care. 

In a message to staff, Professor Alastair Buchan, the Head of Medical Sciences, said: 'Retaining this number one ranking for the fifth year running reflects the hard work, excellence, and the sense of common purpose of the many staff and students in the University's Medical Sciences Division as well as our key partners including the Oxford University Hospitals and Oxford Health Foundation Trusts. I would like to thank you all for your manifest contributions to this success.'