Medicine: the undergraduate course

During the undergraduate course Pembroke provides a comprehensive programme of tutorials covering the pre-clinical sciences. Dr Oliver Rider (Consultant Cardiologist) teaches Physiology and Pharmacology to the first and second years. Dr Richard Colling (Clinical lecture in Pathology) teaches the Pathology course. We have a team of experts, Prof. Fredrik Karpe, Dr Lisa Walker, Prof Andre Furger and Dr Katherine Pinnick, teaching the breadth of the Biochemistry programme and Dr Edward Mitchell (Consultant Psychiatrist) teaches Clinical Psychology. Professor Jeremy Taylor covers the first-year Organisation of the Body and the second-year Neuroscience courses as well as acting as Director of Studies for all Medical students at Pembroke College.

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.  

There are College Prizes available to the medical students in their first three years:

The Bannister Medical Scholarship: £500 awarded to the student who gives the most distinguished performance in FHS exams

Blackett Memorial Scholarship: £400 awarded to a student embarking on their first year of clinical training on the basis of overall performance in pre-clinical medicine.

Ayres-Evans Prize: £250 awarded for an essay of up to 3,000 words on a topic decided by tutors.

Rokos Awards: up to £1,000 in academic expenses and £800 in personal expenses available to help with the cost of summer research internships.

Ronald Bartlett Prize: £50 usually awarded to a state educated medical student who performs well in their Prelimary examinations. 

Find out more about these prizes on the Financial Support pages of the website.