Medical Sciences

A number of pre-med Stanford students come to Oxford, but it is important to note that we do not have the ability to offer tutorials in medicine. Often pre-med students prefer to study health in the social sciences division, or history of medicine in the humanities division, or simply use their time abroad to study another interest. Instead of attracting doctors, the medical science division can be attractive to Human Biology, Biology, Biochemical engineering and psychology students.

Don't just assume that this means you should plan to study Psychology or Biology. Applicants often overlook the depth and breadth of courses within the humanities at Oxford. Pay attention to specifics within each department, you may find that your proposed tutorial is too broad. Luckily, you may also find ways in which you can make your tutorial more specific, or discover a new focus altogether.

The Medical Sciences departments are:


AXESS Codes 197B, 195N, and 197N

The Biochemistry Department is part of the University of Oxford's Medical Sciences Division, the largest of the University's four academic divisions and ranked third in the world for Biomedicine. Stanford students are limited in their options for tutorials within the biochemistry department because of constraints on laboratory dependent courses. Students are advised an encouraged to propose their own theory-based tutorial topics, but the tutorial titles suggested below are a good starting point. They are sorted between general biology and specifically tutorials in human biology.

AXESS Code 197B:

  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Maths and Statistics for BioChemistry
  • Structure and Function of Macromolecules
  • Energetics and Metabolic Processes
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Cell Biology and Integration of Function
  • Data Analysis and Interpetation for Biochemistry
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Signaling and coordination in plants
  • Structural proteomics
  • AXESS Code 195N, 197N:

  • Cancer Biology
  • Clinical and applied Immunology
  • Membrane Transport
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Virology
  • Experimental Psychology

    AXESS Code 196A, 198A

    The Oxford Experimental Psychology Department typically hosts four or five research seminars each week, in addition to undergraduate lectures and tutorials. Students interested in researching psychology will find many opportunities within reach. At present, there are particularly strong research groups in the fields of human cognitive processes, neuroscience, language, developmental psychology, social psychology and psychological disorders. We have a long tradition of working with enthusiastic tutors who are interested to meet student's individual project interested. If you have a specific learning outcome in mind, contact the centre director with the details.

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Individual Differences