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Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences at Oxford

Biomedical Sciences is an exciting new degree. Truly interdisciplinary in nature, it allows students to develop an integrated understanding of the causes and treatments of human diseases. There are opportunities later in the course to undertake laboratory research and to develop a research project in a field of personal interest. Although the undergraduate degree programme is in its infancy, the University of Oxford is an established leader in biomedical research

Biomedical Sciences at St Edmund Hall

St Edmund Hall has a particularly strong relationship with Biomedical Sciences. Our Biomedical Scientists belong to a friendly and intellectually stimulating community, who support each other in their work as much as possible. The College's Medical Sciences Society organises three events each year. There are regular drinks events, student talks with curries and dinners with guest speakers. The College Library houses an up-to-date collection of texts related to the degree programme, and the science area and science library are only a few minutes from the College by bike or on foot.

The Tutors

Our Tutorial Fellow Professor Robert Wilkins is Director of the Biomedical Sciences course in the Medical Sciences Division. He provides tutorial teaching in cellular and systems physiology and his own research is in the field of cellular dysfunction and disease.


Thanks to Oxford’s unique teaching style and structure, the Biomedical Sciences course will equip you with knowledge and transferable skills necessary for a career in research, in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology fields or as a psychologist. Of course, the degree will also qualify you to pursue further study with a Master’s degree or Doctoral training. The course would also provide a solid foundation with which to apply for a course in Medicine.

Course Requirements

Entrance requirements for all courses at St Edmund Hall match those listed in the University Prospectus. Biomedical Sciences applicants are expected to be studying at least two science courses at A level (or equivalent).

All candidates for Biomedical Sciences will be required to sit the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) at their school or college shortly after applying. For more information on the BMAT, including how and when to register for the test, please visit www.bmat.org.uk.

Medical Research at St Edmund Hall

As part of the College's biennial Research Expo, our academics give 'Teddy Talks': short presentations (usually around 12 minutes long) about an aspect of their research, aimed at a non-specialist audience. The following are recent examples from some of our medical researchers. 

Dr Charlotte Stagg (a Fellow of St Edmund Hall) is Head of the Physiological Neuroimaging Group at Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB). Watch her talk entitled ‘The stimulated brain’ here:

Heidi Johansen-Berg is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and a Fellow of St Edmund Hall. She delivered a talk called ‘Watching the brain change’ as part of the 2015 Research Expo:

Keith Gull is a Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Principal of St Edmund Hall. Watch his talk about the impact of the electron microscope, ‘Seeing the invisible in health and disease’:

Claire Edwards is an Associate Professor of Bone Oncology and Fellow of the College. Learn more about her research into bone cancer: