University of Oxford


Oxford is a prestigious, world-renowned University, known as one of the top universities in the UK for its research and biomedical teaching. Offering students not only state-of-the-art facilities but also a dedicated teaching centre for Medicine too. The course offered is more traditional with separate pre-clinical and clinical courses, allowing students to understand the science behind clinical practice before they step foot in the clinic. Oxford offers a unique university experience where students benefit from the college environment for both academic and pastoral support.  

Applicants who have a strong academic performance at both GCSE and A-level, as well as scoring well in the BMAT stand a good chance of being shortlisted for interview. The mean adjusted BMAT score was 62% for applicants shortlisted for interview. Further to this, those shortlisted had a mean of 10.2 A*s at GCSE. Graduates applying to the undergraduate course are assessed the same as school-leavers, hence in 2018 only 1 graduate was shortlisted for an interview. Provided you have a strong academic background and have performed well in the BMAT you may wish to consider applying to The University of Oxford.

Key Points

  • BMAT Focus
  • 8/9 A* GCSEs
  • Traditional Course
  • Oxbridge

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email [email protected]
Phone number
Course Information
Teaching styleTraditional
Traditional course, where the first five terms focus on pre-clinical learning followed by clinical training.
Course length4-6 years
Standard entry MBChB - 6 years
Graduate entry MBChB - 4 years
Courses offered2 courses offered
Standard entry MBChB - 6 years
Graduate entry MBChB - 4 years
Graduate entryYes
Graduate entry MBChB - 4 years
Graduates are also welcome to apply for the standard entry undergraduate course, however they must satisfy the same entry requirements as school-leavers.
Foundation or accessNo
University Life
Local areaOxford
Oxford is a historic city with historic architecture that is steeped in History. Many students love the college family feel that you receive by studying at Oxford, while also being able to explore the busy city that you are located within.
Social life
Interview stylePanel
Applicants will be interviewed at two colleges, where possible one will be your college of choice. Applicants will be required to be in Oxford for approximately 26hours, so accomodation at a college 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.
Application success is not predictable by the number of interviews you recieve, so don’t be anxious if you receive either more or less than you expect to have while at Oxford.
Interview dates December
In 2019 candidates were interviewed on Thursday 19th December. This date will vary year on year, but will remain in December.
Interview topicsInterviews will assess candidates personal characteristics and their suitability for medicine. Topics addressed may include:
  • Empathy
  • Motivation for medicine
  • Well-informed insight into practice of medicine
  • Communication skills
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Ethical awareness
  • Ability to work with others (teamwork and leadership)
  • Capacity for sustained and intense work
  • Alignment of individual values and behaviours with the values of the NHS constitution.
  • Problem solving - critical thinking and analytical approach
  • Intellectual curiosity - keenness to understand the reasons for observations
Admissions Tests
BMATCut off score: not used
Average BMAT Score: unknown, however scoring highly is needed to secure an invite to interview.
Weighting of the BMAT in 2018 was as follows:
Section 1 = 40%
Section 2 = 40%
Section 3 = 20%
Double weighting is used for the quality of content score and single weight given to the quality of english score with scores awarded as follows:
A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1, X=0
Additional requirements: Applicants must have sit the October BMAT, The University of Oxford will not accept BMAT results from the September sitting for the A100 programme.
Academic Requirements
GSCENo formal requirements
Recommended GCSEs: Oxford recommend that you have achieved at least grade C/4 at GCSE in Biology, Physics (or Dual/Double award science), and Mathematics in order to be adequately equipped to sit the BMAT examination if subjects are not taken at A-level.
Typical applicants have 8 or 9 GCSEs at A* (8/9 grade). Oxford look for strong academic applicants, therefore successful applicants are more likely to have a higher proportion of A*’s at GCSE than the average applicant.
A-levelA*AA is common
Subjects required: Chemistry and one or more of Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
Grades required: A*AA
Critical Thinking and General Studies are excluded
Retake policyNo
Unless mitigating circumstances. Please contact the admissions team to clarify if your application will be considered.
Scottish highersAAAAA
Grades required: AAAAA
Advanced highers are also required
Scottish advancedAA
Subjects required: Chemistry and one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
Grades required: AA
Highers are also required
IB39 points
Subjects required: Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics to higher level
Grades required: 39 points with 766 at higher level
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)Graduates have to meet the same entry requirements for the standard entry programme as school-leavers.
Applications in 19/201792
Total number of applicants: 1792
Interviews in 19/20425
Total number of applicants interviewed: 425
(this is a fixed number of interviews done at Oxford each year)
Offers in 19/20168
Total number of offers: 168
Success rate in 19/20Application success rate:
Offers per applicant: 1 in 10.7
Interview success rate:
Offers per interview: 1 in 2.5


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