Studying at Oxford Medical School (GEM)


The University of Oxford is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Notable alumni include two British Kings and 17 winners of the Nobel Prize for Medicine – are you next? The course at Oxford takes a traditional approach with distinct pre-clinical and clinical phases, allowing students to fully understand and explore the scientific theory underpinning clinical practice before they stepping foot onto hospital wards. Oxford is a collegiate university so students will additionally benefit from membership to one of the 39 colleges. Your college will provide accommodation and other facilities including dining halls, study rooms and libraries. Studying at Oxford is a unique experience based on tradition.

The graduate course is an intensive four year course designed for graduates who have studied applied or experimental sciences. The first two years of the course build on student’s existing science knowledge to cover basic medical sciences and the essential clinical skills. For the final two years students are fully integrated into the main stream of the standard clinical course with full-time clinical attachments.

Oxford attracts the strongest applicants from across the globe. With a strong emphasis on academics, work experience and BMAT score Oxford is the ideal choice for exceptional all-round applicants keen to experience a traditional Oxbridge education.

Key Points

  • Graduate Entry
  • Oxbridge
  • BMAT
  • Traditional Course

About the university Compare

Key Information
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Phone number
Course Information
Teaching style Traditional
Two years of transition phase covering basic science and clinical skills, then leading into the final two clinical years joined with students from the standard six-year course.
Course length 4 years
Courses offered 2 courses offered:
A100 Standard-Entry Medicine - 6 years
A101 Graduate-Entry Medicine - 4 years
Graduate entry Yes
Foundation or access No
University Life
Local area Oxford
Oxford is a historic student-centered city. The University has no central campus but is made up of over 30 colleges and halls spread across the city centre and beyond. These colleges are at the heart of Oxford's reputation as one of the best universities in the world and make it a very special place to study and live. Every student belongs to a college as well as being a member of their course department and the University. This means all Oxford students have the benefits of belonging to both a large, world-class university and to a small and friendly academic community.
Social life One of the many myths about Oxford is that there is no time to have fun. Alongside your college community you will be able to develop your interests, old or new, through over 400 clubs and societies, many of them University-wide.
Interview style Panel
Applicants will be interviewed at at least two colleges, taking place over a period of two days. Accommodation will be provided. The number and format of the interview will vary between colleges, however in general you will be interviewed by at least two academics at each college and by at least one practising clinician.
Interview dates Dec
Interview topics
  • Empathy
  • Motivation for medicine
  • Communication skills
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Ethical awareness
  • Capacity for sustained and intense work
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Academic ability
  • Admissions Tests
    UCAT N/A
    BMAT BMAT Required
    The BMAT is considered alongside UCAS and Oxford application form when shortlisting candidates for interview. The mean BMAT score (section 1 and 2) for shortlisted applicants was 11.7 versus 9.9 for non-shortlisted applicants in 2020.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCE Applicants with a degree in a subject other than bioscience must have a qualification in biology at GCSE or equivalent level
    A-level AAB
    Subject requirements: Chemistry at A*/A plus one of Biology, Physics or Maths
    Applicants with a degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry are exempt from the Chemistry grade requirement
    Retake policy N/A
    Scottish highers N/A
    Scottish advanced AAB
    Subject requirement: Chemistry at A plus one of Biology, Physics or Maths
    Applicants with a degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry are exempt from the Chemistry grade requirement
    IB 36 points
    Subject requirements: 3 subjects at Higher Level grade 6 including Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Physics or Maths
    Applicants with a degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry are exempt from the Chemistry grade requirement
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only) 2:1 Honours degree
    Subject required: Applied or experimental science graduates
    Applications in 19/20 270
    Interviews in 19/20 89
    Offers in 19/20 38
    Success rate in 19/20 approx 1 in 7


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    AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

    23 June 2021

    Can you resit A-levels more than once and still be considered for Medicine at Oxford?

    Anna CharlotteMedic Mind Tutor

    7 June 2022

    Ordinarily A-Levels should be completed in the same academic year to be considered by Oxford. If you have mitigating circumstances you may still be considered but should contact the university themselves as each case is considered individually.