Biomedical Sciences

A Stimulating Academic Community

St Catherine’s has a large and integrated community of undergraduates within the Medical Sciences Division, studying Biomedical Sciences, Experimental Psychology, Medicine and Philosophy, Psychology & Linguistics. We also have postgraduate students working towards MSc and DPhil degrees, as well as the graduate-entry Medicine course. We encourage networking across these different student groups at joint social and academic events, such as:

  • Catz Biomedical Society. Once per term, we meet together to hear about the research of a college tutor and/or a senior student, followed by Q&A. The students and tutors attending then share a dinner together in Hall, where they can continue their discussions of the science presented over a hot meal and a glass of wine.
  • Journal Club. Once per term, students meet to debate the merits and consider the implications of a recently published research article.
  • Welcome and Farewell Drinks. Held at the beginning and end of each academic year, and attended by students and tutors.

Exceptional Tutorial Support

The tutors run small-group tutorials to compliment the material covered in course lectures and laboratory classes. During these tutorials, 2-3 students meet to examine selected biomedical questions in depth, under the guidance of a scientist or medical doctor who specialises in the given field. You will usually write an essay on a set topic beforehand, and the tutor will provide individual feedback on your written work. Some tutorials may even be held individually with your tutor. In the final year of the Biomedical Science course, you will often share tutorials with Medicine and Experimental Psychology students who are also specialising in your chosen topics.

Modern and Spacious Library

We have one of the biggest college libraries in the University of Oxford, with an extensive collection of texts in Biomedical Sciences. If ever you need the library to stock a new book for your course, you need only put in an electronic request. The library is open daily until midnight during term.

Located near the Biomedical Departments

Biomedical Sciences students at St Catherine’s benefit from living just a 10-minute-walk away from the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, where many of their lectures and practicals take place. We are also within a 15-minute walk from other departments participating in the degree course (including Biochemistry, Experimental Psychology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics) and the Radcliffe Science Library.

Career and Personal Development

At St Catherine’s, your tutorials are designed to develop your communication skills and general academic development, in addition to covering the course syllabus. Your Director of Studies and the student support network will aim to ensure that you have any required pastoral care during your studies. You will meet individually with your Director of Studies once per term, and with the college Master once per year, to discuss your achievements and development.

Domestic Life Sorted

St Catherine’s is proud to offer comfortable, modern living spaces for our undergraduate students. It is widely (though unofficially!) held that our Hall offers the best food in the university, at some of the cheapest prices. An on-campus gym and music room are available to you around the clock. As we are the largest undergraduate college in our university, we also offer college-level sports groups and societies to suit almost anyone’s interests.

Course Duration

3 years

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