Medicine

Modern medicine is built upon fundamental discoveries across a range of scientific disciplines, reflected in the medical course at Oxford where there is a strong emphasis on the scientific evidence basis of medicine.

We usually admit 6 undergraduates to read medicine and are keen to attract students who are particularly interested in understanding the science underpinning medicine. During the first two years students study anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry and pathology before moving on to the Final Honours School (FHS year 3), graduating with a BA in Medical Sciences before continuing with clinical medicine. This structure is similar to the intercalated degree available to a limited number of students at other medical schools. During the FHS year students study an area of medical science that they find most interesting, and carry out a research project.

There are four tutorial fellows in Medicine. Christopher Garland, Professor of Vascular Pharmacology, studies how very small arteries control blood flow. Stephen Goodwin, Professor of Neurogenetics, studies sexual behaviour in the Drosophila model. Robert Gilbert, Professor of Biophysics, studies the molecular structure of ribosomes. Quentin Sattentau, Professor of Immunology, studies immune system interaction with HIV and immune activation in health and disease. There are two College-retained lecturers: the Florey Lecturer Dr Maheshi Ramasamy responsible for Graduate Entry medicine, and the Sherrington Lecturer Dr Gijs Van Boxel responsible for clinical student teaching.

In addition to our tutorial fellows and lecturers, Magdalen has four other medical fellows. Gero Miesenboeck, Professor of Physiology, who studies the neurophysiological basis of behaviour in fruit flies using optogenetics. David Clark, Professor of Psychology, whose research focuses on cognitive approaches to the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders. Peter Ratcliffe, Nuffield Professor of Medicine, whose groundbreaking research has helped define the role of oxygen-sensing factors in disease. Peter Sullivan, Professor in Pediatrics, who investigates the nutritional and gastrointestinal consequences of brain damage in infants and children, and is the Director of Medical Education for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust.

Magdalen is proud of its very strong tradition of teaching and research in the medical sciences, and four of our past Fellows were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Charles Sherrington, who laid the groundwork for our modern understanding of the nervous system. John Eccles, who was Sherrington’s student and who helped discover how nerves signal. Howard Florey, who developed penicillin as a drug, and Peter Medawar who discovered the function of lymphocytes and how the immune system distinguishes self from non-self.

Entry requirements

Test

All candidates must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT).

Written work

None required.

Specific subjects

Chemistry is essential, together with at least one from Biology or Mathematics or Physics. We expect you to have taken and passed any practical component in your chosen science subjects.

Deferred entry

Applications for deferred entry may be considered.

Teaching staff

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Professor Quentin Sattentau

Department: Pathology

Appointment: Tutorial Fellow

Email: quentin.sattentau@magd.ox.ac.uk

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Sir Peter Ratcliffe Oxford

Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe

Department: Nuffield Department of Medicine

Appointment: Fellow by Special Election

Email: peter.ratcliffe@ndm.ox.ac.uk

Tel: 01865 612680

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Professor Gero Miesenböck

Department: Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Appointment: Professorial Fellow

Email: gero.miesenboeck@cncb.ox.ac.uk

Tel: 01865 282261

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Professor Adrian Hill, Kt.

Department: Medicine

Email: adrian.hill@ndm.ox.ac.uk

Tel: 01865 617611

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The Revd Professor Robert Gilbert

Department: Biochemistry and Medicine

Appointment: Tutorial Fellow, Welfare Dean

Officer: Dean for Welfare

Email: robert.gilbert@magd.ox.ac.uk

Tel: 01865 276070

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Professor Chris Garland

Department: Pharmacology

Appointment: Tutorial Fellow

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Dr Maheshi Ramasamy

Department: Paediatrics

Appointment: Florey Lecturer and Fellow by Special Election

Academic position: Associate Professor

Email: maheshi.ramasamy@magd.ox.ac.uk

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Dr Dominic Alonzi

Department: Biochemistry

Email: dominic.alonzi@bioch.ox.ac.uk

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Dr Gijs van Boxel

Department: Medicine

Email: gijs.vanboxel@magd.ox.ac.uk

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Professor Richard Cornall

Department: Medicine

Appointment: Professorial Fellow

Academic position: Nuffield Professor of Medicine, Head of Department

Email: richard.cornall@ndm.ox.ac.uk

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Dr Haram Park

Department: Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Academic position: Fellow by Examination

Email: haram.park@dpag.ox.ac.uk

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Professor Stephen Goodwin

Department: Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Appointment: Tutorial Fellow

Email: stephen.goodwin@cncb.ox.ac.uk

Tel: 01865 272454

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Dr Rebecca Shakir

Department: Medicine

Academic position: Sherrington Lecturer

Email: rebecca.shakir@ndph.ox.ac.uk

Student case study: Nadia

Find out about current student Nadia’s experience by reading her student profile.