British Sytem


  • Grade: A*AA in three A-levels (excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies) taken in the same academic year.
  • Subject: Candidates are required to achieve at least a grade A in both Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Further Mathematics. 
  • We expect you to have taken and passed any practical component in your chosen science subjects.
  • Please note that we have no preference for whether the third or fourth A-level subject (or further subject in equivalent qualifications) is a science or not.
  • There are no formal GCSE requirements for Medicine. However, in order to be adequately equipped for the BMAT and for the academic demands of the course, and if Biology, Physics or Mathematics have not been taken to A-level (or equivalent), applicants will need to have received a basic education in those subjects for example at least a grade C/4 at GCSE, Intermediate 2 or Standard grade (Credit) or equivalent; the GCSE Dual Award Combined Sciences is also appropriate.


Advanced Highers:

  • Grade: AA (taken in the same academic year)
  • Subject: Chemistry, and one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics plus Highers: AAAAA (taken in the same academic year)


International Baccalaureate

  • Point: 39 (including core points) with 766 at HL
  • Subject: Candidates are required to take Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics to Higher Level.

Admission Test (BMAT)

All candidates must also take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) as part of their application. Separate registration for this test is required and it is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are registered.

We strongly recommend making arrangements in plenty of time before the deadline. Please note, the University of Oxford will not accept BMAT results from any sitting other than the November one for A100 Medicine. 

English Language Requirement

Applicant must submit one of the following English Proficiency Scores:

  • IELTS 7.5 with minimum score of 7.0 in each component
  • TOEFL/TOEFL IBT 110 with at least 22 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 25 in Speaking, and 24 in Writing
  • CAE: 191 with minimum score of 185 in each component
  • CPE: 191 with minimum score of 185 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 76 with minimum score of 66 in each component
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in Language A/B

Other accepted qualifications

Written Work (Optional)

You do not need to submit any written work when you apply for this course.

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

This is where you can write whatever you’d like to say about yourself and your motivation to study your course.

Academic Reference

A reference from a teacher or someone else who is qualified to comment on your academic ability is an essential part of your application. Your application will be incomplete without a reference and we will not be able to consider it.


Please note that competition to study Medicine at Oxford is particularly strong and only around 425 applicants are shortlisted for interview each year. No student is admitted without an interview.

Students are selected for their scientific ability and for their aptitude for Medicine. Applicants are expected to show that they have a realistic understanding of what a medical career will involve, and that they have the potential to become effective and caring doctors.

Applicants are free to make reference to skills or experience acquired in any context to illustrate how they might fulfil the selection criteria; sometimes candidates refer to voluntary work and other extracurricular activities, but many forms of evidence can help demonstrate to tutors that a candidate has made an informed decision regarding their own suitability to study Medicine. The Medical Schools Council has released some useful advice on gaining relevant experience in healthcare when it is difficult to find volunteering or work opportunities. 

International student quota

Please note that the number of international fee-status medical students at each medical school in the UK is subject to a government quota: for Oxford this is currently a maximum of 14 per year across both the standard entry A100 and A101 graduate-entry/accelerated Medicine courses.

A Medicine (BM BCh) student from University of Oxford is studying by using a microscope.
Source: Medicine (BM BCh) – University of Oxford