There are three kinds of examinations that you will encounter during your time at Hertford.

First, there are College-only examinations called Collections that you sit at the beginning of each term. These examinations relate to work you have done in the preceding terms. They do not form part of your final degree classification. They are, however, important opportunities to gain valuable practice in examinations. They also provide material upon which your tutors can gauge academic progress when writing references.

Secondly, there are the First BM Part 1 Examinations that students sit at the end of the first year. These are called Prelims and seven papers are taken in four subjects: BM Organisation of the Body, BM Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, BM Physiology & Pharmacology and BM Medical Sociology. You are required to pass all these examinations to proceed in your degree course.


There are further First BM Part 2 Examinations that you sit at the beginning of Trinity Term in the second year. There are seven papers taken in 4 subjects: BM Systems of the Body - Integrative Aspects, BM Principles of Pathology, BM Neuroscience and BM Medical Psychology. You are required to pass all these examinations to proceed to Clinical School.


Finally, your eventual degree classification will be determined by your Finals examinations that are sat in the final term of your final year. These take the form of three 3-hour examinations together with assessment of a 3,000 word extended essay and your experimental dissertation project.