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The medicine course at Oxford is a traditional six-year programme divided into 3 pre-clinical years (after which students receive a BA degree in medical science) and then 3 clinical years (after which students receive an BM, BCh degree).
The preclinical year incorporate lectures, tutorials and practicals. In the first five terms students are taught the fundamentals of medical science, how the body functions and the mechanisms of disease. In the remaining four terms, students undertake a research project to develop research skills and critical scientific thinking skills, alongside studying two of the follow modules: neurobiology, developmental biology, cardiovascular biology and pharmacology, metabolism and respiration, infection or immunity.
During the last three clinical years students begin their clinical education. The fourth year focuses on developing the basic, core clinical skills and knowledge and includes placements in GPs, hospitals and undertaking a special study module. In the fifth year, students expand their clinical knowledge through placements across a variety of specialist placements in paediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedics, etc. The final year focuses on consolidation of clinical skills and aids students in preparing for their future role a Foundation doctor. This year also includes senior rotations in medicine and surgery in Oxford and other District General hospitals, special study modules and a chance to undertake an elective to explore Medicine in the wider world.
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