Medicine: the undergraduate course

For undergraduate teaching, Pembroke has strong links with Brasenose College and students will receive their tutorial teaching from a group of tutors in both colleges.

To apply for the course, students should have an excellent academic record. They must have an A-level in Chemistry or an equivalent qualification, and two other A-levels, of which one must be in Biology, Mathematics or Physics all taken in one sitting and attaining A*AA grades. All applicants sit the BMAT test and a selected number of applicants will be invited for interview.  All interviewees are assessed by two Colleges during the selection process.

The first five terms of the undergraduate course at Oxford form the core of pre-clinical teaching (Bachelor of Medicine) and the last four terms lead to a Finals Honours Degree in Medical Sciences (FHS).

The pre-clinical course involves studies of Anatomy and Embryology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Pathology, and Genetics. The 1st B.M. examination is taken in two parts; in the summer at the end of the first year, and at Easter time in the second year. Throughout this period of study the College provides tutorials covering all aspects of the course.

In the Final Honours School students select one of five options to study during the final year. These options are: Neuroscience, Molecular Medicine, Cardiovascular Renal and Respiratory Biology, Infection and Immunity, Cellular Physiology and Pharmacology. These options provide a very exciting opportunity for detailed study in the chosen field and are linked with seminar teaching and tutorials. Students will also undertake a research project within one of the University Medical School Departments.  The team of Brasenose and Pembroke tutors provide strong support across the breadth of the FHS option teaching.

During their third year, students apply to a Clinical School where they will complete their training. Many students wish to stay in Oxford and depending on academic success, may join the Clinical School at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Others normally transfer to one of the London Teaching Hospitals.