About the Course

All medical students at Oxford simultaneously study for an Honours Degree in Biomedical Sciences and an Honour Degree in Medicine. It is important to point out this requirement because it means that the course in Oxford is six years, with the extra year being designed to lay the foundations of a scientific approach to Medicine.

As with all other subjects at Oxford, teaching is based on the weekly tutorials given by the College’s medical tutors to individual students, or to small groups of students. Work must be prepared in advance, and in each tutorial, students discuss their conclusions and any difficulties which have arisen. In addition, lectures and practical classes are held in the scientific departments for students from all colleges; these make up a large proportion of the timetable in the first five terms but diminish in importance later, as more time is devoted to private study in the University and College libraries.

At Jesus we aim to make the course interesting, enjoyable and also challenging so that our medical students develop high levels of self-motivation. The welfare of our students is paramount, and we make particular efforts to match a variety of teaching methods to individual students’ needs along with regular contact with the tutors. We encourage the arrangement of teaching by specialists outside the College when required and contacts with hospital medicine through the Clinical Fellows attached to the College.

The full range of teaching is available in the College through the Medical Fellow and associated lecturers. Unusual amongst Colleges, we have a Clinical Fellow - based at the John Radcliffe Hospital - who undertakes regular, tutorial-style meetings with students during their clinical years.

Medical students are probably required to work harder than students reading for most other degrees, largely because they have to take professional qualifying examinations as well as the Honours Degree. This does not in any way preclude participation in the usual varied activities that characterise College and University life, although it does put an extra burden on a person’s stamina and ability to organise his or her time efficiently.

Subject notes

To see the latest subject notes for Medicine - which contain information about our tutorial fellows, the admissions process and the course itself - please consult the below link.