Undergraduate subjects

Students on the A100 Medicine course must read the following subjects in year 1

  • BM Organisation of the Body
  • BM Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
  • BM Physiology & Pharmacology
  • BM Medical Sociology

Students on the A100 Medicine course must read the following subjects in year 2

  • BM Systems of the Body: Integrative Aspects
  • BM Principles of Pathology
  • BM Neuroscience
  • BM Medical Psychology

Students in the last term of year 2 and the three terms of year 3 sit the Final year Honours School (FHS) in Medical Sciences, which consists of a 6-8 week laboratory project, a 3,000 word extended essay and one of the following FHS Options

  • FHS Neuroscience
  • FHS Myocardial, Respiratory and Vascular Biology (MVR)
  • FHS Infection & Immunity (I&I)
  • FHS Signalling in Health & Disisease
  • FHS Molecular Medicine

In the final three weeks of the third year course students are required to sit the Principles of Clinical Anatomy course in preparation for starting Clinical School

Teaching and learning

The A100 Medicine course consists of a series of lectures, practical classes, seminars and college tutorials that will provide you with the knowledge and understanding that you need to make a start in clinical medicine, but the course goes a lot further than that. We will provide you with an understanding of biomedical science and of scientific method that will both prepare you for a world where medical practice is rapidly evolving and enable you to make your own contributions to developing clinical practice and medical research.

Studying Medicine at Hertford College comes with a heavy workload, you need to take responsibility for your own learning and you will need to develop effective study habits as soon as possible.  We do expect you to read further into the topics we cover during term time and you will need to engage in self-directed study over the vacations.

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The exact format of first and second year undergraduate tutorials will differ between tutors. In general terms, the tutorial will be based upon a reading list circulated in advance of the tutorial listing research papers, review articles and textbook readings. This will often be accompanied by worksheets, problems or an essay question that you will be required to produce a written answer to on the basis of your week’s reading. You will then meet with your tutor for about one hour, usually as groups of 2 to 3 students but sometimes as a class of 5.

Subject facts

Course duration: 3 years

Student uptake: 5 undergraduates per year

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