Medicine

Wadham admits five or six students per year to the pre-clinical course. These students must do a three-year degree course, the BA in Medical Sciences, before proceeding to their clinical studies. This three-year course includes a pre-clinical qualification (First BM). A further three years are then required to complete the full medical qualification (BM BCh).

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Course Offered: BA Medical Sciences leading to BM BCh Medicine

Undergraduate Prospectus Medical School Website

Admissions
For medicine, the University has specific entrance requirements; please consult the Medical School website for a full list of accepted qualifications. There is a common entrance procedure used by all colleges. This involves a written aptitude test, 'BMAT' (BioMedical Admissions Test), which is also used by Cambridge and some London Medical Schools; details of the test, including a sample test, are available here. Note that Oxford does not accept the February or September sittings of the test for this course. In view of the emphasis of our teaching on science, we look for candidates with an excellent record in the sciences. Pre-A-Level candidates should be expecting two A grades and one A* at A-Level; A-Levels must include Chemistry, and at least of Biology, Physics or Maths. Post A-Level applicants with at least A*AA (or the equivalent) are also welcome to apply. Deferred entry is granted to able students with plans to spend a gap year profitably. Candidates for deferred entry should apply for deferred entry via UCAS; they may inform tutors at the point on interview whether they also wish to be considered for entry the following year. Please note that all applicants to the Oxford Medicine degree must be at least 18 years old by 1st November in the year they intend to start the course.

Pre-clinical Medicine and Medical Sciences
For the first half of the course, emphasis is placed on regular tutorials from Fellows and Lecturers who are able to teach broadly across the course. Professor Farmery is a Respiratory Physiologist and Consultant Anaesthetist, who teaches the Physiology and Pharmacology course in the 1st and 2nd years. He also supervises students taking the Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal options in the 3rd year.

Professor Monkika Gullerova is an Experimental Pathologist who works on the genetics of cancer. She teaches the Principles of Pathology course in the 2nd year, and supervises students taking the Infection and Immunity, and Molecular Medicine options in the 3rd year.

Tutorials are also given by our College Lecturers in Anatomy and Neurophysiology.

Clinical Medicine
Only Oxford pre-clinical students may apply to Oxford for clinical study. The majority of Wadham's pre-clinical students stay in Oxford to complete their clinical course (some having intercalated a research degree - an MSc or a DPhil - between their undergraduate course and clinical studies). During the 3rd year of the course, students are invited to apply to Oxford Clinical School or one of the medical schools of London University. All suitably qualified Oxford pre-clinical students will be guaranteed an offer from the Oxford Clinical School should they so choose or if their application to the London Medical Schools is unsuccessful. If our pre-clinical students move to other Oxford colleges or to London, Wadham welcomes clinical students who may have completed their pre-clinical years at other Oxford colleges. The Clinical School advises suitable applicants on the procedure for applying to join a specific college; information can be found on the Medical School website.

 

Wadham provides a base for clinical students away from the hospital, and this offers a valuable opportunity to get to know graduates in other disciplines and to become involved in the life of the MCR.

Funding support

Our Clinical Fellow, Dr Michael Bannon, is Oxford's Director of Post-Graduate Medical Education (the 'Post-Graduate Dean'). He acts as personal advisor to our clinical students, and is particularly well placed to offer help and guidance for the development of their clinical careers. He is assisted by two junior hospital doctors (College Clinical Teaching Associates), who provide regular bedside teaching, as well as two consultant surgeons. All Wadham medical students and Fellows meet for discussion at termly speaker meeting of the Wadham Medical Society, which are followed by dinner.

The College has funds available to help alleviate the particular financial pressures felt by clinical students, for example we provide grants to support our clinical students' elective periods.
 
Further Information
For more information on the course and applying please see the Undergraduate Prospectus.

A student's perspective

Current Fellows and Lecturers

Professor Andrew Farmery (Tutorial Fellow)

Dr Judith Fox (Lecturer)

Dr Monika Gullerova (Tutorial Fellow)

Dr Adam Handel (Lecturer)

Dr Duncan Howie (Lecturer)

Mr Ian McNab (Lecturer)

Dr Autumn Rowan-Hull (Lecturer)

Mr Richard Stacey (Lecturer)

Dr Simon Yarrow (Lecturer)