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The first three years encompass the science underlying the practice of medicine, while the last three years are spent in hospital learning to apply this science and work with patients.
βŒ›οΈLast updated: July 25, 2020, 10:19 a.m.

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to Medicine.

Overview

Overview πŸ”— This page provides a good overview of the course at Oxford, including entry requirements and the application process.

Course summary πŸ”— 🌟 This page also gives a good overview of the course structure, with a case study of a current student as well.

Course overview from St Edmund Hall πŸ”— 🌟
This college specific overview of medicine gives more of an idea of what it is like to study medicine in the collegiate system at Oxford, as well as having some research videos which may be interesting to watch for supra-curricular research.

Alternative Prospectus πŸ”— This is an unofficial prospectus put together by the Oxford Student Union; it’s written based on students’ perspectives and gives a better sense of what the day-to-day experience as a Medicine student is like, compared to official materials.

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The first three years encompass the science underlying the practice of medicine - neuroscience, psychology, immunology, anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, sociology, physiology and pharmacology. The third year offers the opportunity to do a research project in a field of your choice and achieve a BA degree in Medical Sciences as well as your medical degree.

Student profile πŸ”— This is a student profile of an Oxford medic; it answers some questions about how medicine is taught and gives application advice.

Course overview video πŸ”— This video by the university outlines what medicine at Oxford is like.

Current Medicine research πŸ”— 🌟 There are some research videos by Oxford tutors on this page which are good to watch for some supra-curricular information:

Q&A with an Oxford medic πŸ”— 🌟 This video explains what medicine at Oxford is like, as well as answering some common questions about the course and giving some application advice.

Medicine OxVlog πŸ”— This video is three medics discussing what Medicine at Oxford is like. Also check out this video πŸ”— for a week in the life of a first year medical student.

First year day in the life πŸ”— This video shows a day in the life of a first year medic at St Edmund Hall. There is also an Instagram version of this on @sehaccess.

Application Resources

Medicine applicants are usually expected to get some work experience to get an idea of what medicine is like as a career because you don’t study it in school. It doesn’t matter how much work experience you have, you might only have one volunteering placement or a day or two in a hospital, what matters is what you learnt from it!

A good personal statement for an Oxford applicant is about 80-90% academic content - this is usually known as β€˜supra-curricular content’ and can be anything you’ve done to learn above and beyond your A-Level or school curriculum. This may include books you’ve read, research papers you’re interested in, YouTube videos, podcasts, talks, online courses and lectures etc.

Medicine personal statement tips πŸ”— Personal statement tips from Oxford admissions tutors.

Application tips from a first year medic πŸ”— This video talks about standing out in admissions tests, personal statements and interviews.

Reading List πŸ”— 🌟 This reading list is for first year students, but provides a good starting point for supra-curricular resources.

Everyone applying for Medicine at Oxford has to sit an entrance exam - the BioMedical Admissions Test. It’s also used by some other unis. It has three papers, a multiple choice critical thinking/problem solving paper, a multiple choice science and maths paper, and a short ΒΎ page length essay. The best way to prepare for the BMAT is using the resources below to practise! You should also dig out your old GCSE level science notes and use them to check you know enough physics and maths if you’re not taking those subjects to a higher level.

The official BMAT page πŸ”— Find a summary of the test format and example questions here.

Official BMAT resources πŸ”— The syllabus and past papers are all available freely on this website.

Videos on BMAT advice πŸ”— 🌟 These videos are very helpful in explaining how best to revise for the Oxford medicine entrance exam.

Everyone interviewing at Oxford for medicine has four interviews, two at one college (usually the one you applied to) where you stay overnight, and then two at another college. These are typically a mixture of science problems and ethical questions as well as some background questions about your work experience, motivation to do medicine and why you chose Oxford.

The Medic Collective: interview resources πŸ”— 🌟 A page dedicated to preparing for an Oxbridge Medicine interview, including YouTube videos and advice from current students.

Interview tips from a first year medic πŸ”— This video talks about one student's experience at their interviews.

General interview information πŸ”— This page includes key dates and selection criteria.

Interview tips from the Medic Portal πŸ”— Some excellent advice for preparing for Medicine interviews.

InsideUni Medicine interview experiences πŸ”— 🌟 Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. We’re biased, but we think they’re useful!

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