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#OxfordApplications – Biomedical Sciences – Experiences

One of our Biomedical Sciences Tutors describes what areas they enjoy most in their degree subject:

My special areas on interest within my degree are Immunology and Microbiology, Pharmacology and Cardiovascular Physiology but I have a good general all round knowledge of most areas of Biomedical Sciences because my first year had to give a flavour of all topics including Neuroscience and Psychology to allow us to pick our options in later years. However, my absolute favourite part of Biomed is Pharmacology and the action of drugs on receptors and the clinical implications this has. This itself is quite broad because it involves cardiovascular drugs, gastrointestinal pharmacology, respiratory pharmacology and neuropharmacology, so I have a basic understanding of lots of pathways and physiology.
What does a typical day at Oxford look like for you?
A typical day for my degree involves 3 hours of lectures and maybe a tutorial in an afternoon (usually 2-3 a week). When I don’t have a tutorial in an afternoon I’m usually reading around for my next tutorial but the depth of reading you do really depends on how interested you are personally in the topic that it’s on. If the tutorial topic is not something you optionally want to read further into you don’t have to. Other than that I play college netball, there’s plenty of time to do any extra-curricular activities or sports you are interested in with Biomed.
How do you describe your Oxbridge interview experience?
With my application to Oxford, I had no help at all before I walked into the interview. I came from a state sixth form College and not many pupils get into Oxbridge universities so there was not a lot of support or interview preparation available at all. Therefore, whilst I had no idea what to expect at all, looking back the interview was definitely something where the tutors tried to push me. They asked questions of increasing difficulty that they did not at all expect me to know the answers to. It was all about how I reasoned and what suggestions I had. I often got the response “No that’s not how it actually works but it could be”. They just wanted to see what I could logically reason and were impressed when I proposed an answer that wasn’t always correct but showed a different perspective or way of thinking.