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The pre-clinical and clinical courses at Oxford provide a well-rounded intellectual training with particular emphasis on the basic science research that underpins Medicine. The focus throughout is on the experimental basis of the subject. Practical work is an important component of the course and students also have the opportunity to undertake an original research project in a field of their choice.

Medicine at St Edmund Hall

Medics at St Edmund Hall belong to a friendly and intellectually stimulating community. 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.

Our College Library houses an up-to-date collection of medical texts. Medicine students at St Edmund Hall are able to apply to the Medicine Students' Equipment Fund for grants for equipment necessary for the clinical course. We also offer bursaries to final-year clinical students to help meet the costs of accommodation during their electives.

The Tutors

Professor Robert Wilkins: undergraduate teaching at the Hall is led by Professor Robert Wilkins, who is also Tutor for Admissions. He provides tutorial teaching in cellular and systems physiology and his research is in the field of cellular dysfunction and disease.

Professor Wilkins is assisted by Dr David McCartney, Fellow by Special Election, Mr John Black, Dr Hussein Al-Mossawi and Dr James Kolasinski.

Watch a talk given by Dr Hussein Al-Mossawi (a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow in Rheumatology and a Lecturer in Pathology and Immunology) about his research - ‘Colouring-in for adults’ - at the 2015 St Edmund Hall Research Expo:


From becoming a GP to training as a brain surgeon, a vast array of speciality training pathways is available after obtaining a medical qualification, ranging from anaesthesia or emergency medicine through obstetrics or ophthalmology to paediatrics or psychiatry.

Of course, you need not remain confined to the surgery or the operating theatre: the lecture theatre or the laboratory could also beckon. Some of our graduates end up leading the education of the next generation of doctors or directing biomedical research. You don’t need to know right now what you want to do when you qualify: the Medical School organises careers sessions for final year clinical students and helps students learn about and apply for foundation house officer posts.

BM BCh graduates are entitled to provisional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) with a licence to practise, subject to demonstrating to the GMC that their fitness to practise is not impaired.

Course Requirements

Requirements to study Medicine at St Edmund Hall are identical to those listed in the main University Prospectus. Applicants should be studying 3 A levels (or equivalent) in one academic year, including Chemistry and at least one from Biology and/or Physics and/or Maths.

All candidates for Medicine 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

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: