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Medicine at Oxford?

Hi

I wanted to ask about what it's like studying a medicine degree at Oxford. Is it very research and essay based, or do you get a lot of hospital placement and patient interaction? I personally prefer the idea of more hospital placement compared to constantly doing essays (especially in first and second year), because I'd like to apply my knowledge in practical situations.

Also how is the student life in especially Wadham College and Balliol College? (the ones I'm most interested in)
Did you look at the specialist medicine threads? I know just enough about it to know that different universities have very different approaches in terms of theoretical vs practical teaching styles, and not enough to know which Oxford does.

Student life is not significantly different at different colleges. 40% of successful applicants end up at a college they didn't apply for anyway - it's really not worth making a huge deal of picking the perfect one.
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Original post by Mangoesanddosa
Hi

I wanted to ask about what it's like studying a medicine degree at Oxford. Is it very research and essay based, or do you get a lot of hospital placement and patient interaction? I personally prefer the idea of more hospital placement compared to constantly doing essays (especially in first and second year), because I'd like to apply my knowledge in practical situations.

Also how is the student life in especially Wadham College and Balliol College? (the ones I'm most interested in)

I’m not doing medicine but I’m at Oxford and have several friends doing medicine both at Oxford and elsewhere. Medicine at Oxford is extremely theory based to start with as for the first 3 years you are doing pre-clinical training. You’ll have lectures, essays and tutorials every week but very little patient contact/hospital placement. That comes in the second three year block of the six year course which are the clinical years where you’ll do hospital rotations and learn clinical skills. Have a look at the course structure thé Oxford website and the Medical Sciences department website for more info but from the sounds of things Oxford medicine might not fit best with how you want to study medicine. You do get that clinical experience eventually but it’s not integrated with the theory learning like other courses. My non-Oxford med student friends were in clinical settings from the first term by contrast!
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Original post by Mangoesanddosa
Hi

I wanted to ask about what it's like studying a medicine degree at Oxford. Is it very research and essay based, or do you get a lot of hospital placement and patient interaction? I personally prefer the idea of more hospital placement compared to constantly doing essays (especially in first and second year), because I'd like to apply my knowledge in practical situations.

Also how is the student life in especially Wadham College and Balliol College? (the ones I'm most interested in)


Hello I applied to Balliol and Merton on an open ended application for the Oxford MBA in 2023 and I would desire Wadham maybe for my daughter Rebecca such that Balliol could alternatively award the D Phil in Biomedical Sciences in 2023 for me and Wadham could award potentially Classics for my daughter Rebecca in 2023 and I would be grateful, thank you, sincerely yours :Mpho:Tshoagong
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Original post by Mangoesanddosa
Hi

I wanted to ask about what it's like studying a medicine degree at Oxford. Is it very research and essay based, or do you get a lot of hospital placement and patient interaction? I personally prefer the idea of more hospital placement compared to constantly doing essays (especially in first and second year), because I'd like to apply my knowledge in practical situations.

Also how is the student life in especially Wadham College and Balliol College? (the ones I'm most interested in)

Medicine at Oxford is very theoretical - I'd look elsewhere if you want patient contact from Year 1. There's no advantage to studying Medicine there.

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