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Lincoln College


The course

Medicine in Oxford is made up of three years of a broad-based science course composed of tutorials, lectures, group seminars and practical classes.  Only after successful completion of this first degree do the clinical studies begin.  You can continue with the clinical studies in Oxford (at the same or a different college) or you can apply to continue at London or Cambridge.  Lincoln offers five to six places in medicine each year.

College teaching, in the first year, is made up of twice-weekly, small group tutorials in physiology, pharmacology, anatomy, cell biology and biochemistry. The Faculty supplements these tutorials by organising lectures and practical classes in the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre in the Science Area.. At the end of the first year there are three examinations (Morphology, Reproduction and Development, Physiology and Pharmacology and Biochemistry and Cell Biology).

A scanning electron micrograph of the effect the human breast cancer-associated gene has on cell behaviour.  The budding vesicles (green) generate fragments of cancer cell that can be detected in the blood and the adhesion processes (red) are altered making the cell less attached to its surroundings and more able to migrate to distant sites.

Neuroscience, immunology, microbiology and pathology are taught by a similar combination of College tutorials and Faculty lectures and practical classes in the second year and are examined at the end of the spring term: a third paper is also set in more integrative aspects of physiology. The four terms of the  Final Honour School course encourages specialization in areas of your own interest and includes a research project in an active research lab. Final examinations are taken at the end of the third year; they are a prerequisite for entry to clinical school in Oxford or Cambridge.

Tutorial teaching in neurosciences, cell biology, physiology, pharmacology, immunology, pathology and biochemistry is provided within College and tutorials in the remaining subjects by tutors from other Colleges.


Meet the Tutors

Professor David Vaux's research centres on molecular mechanisms of disease.  Currently he has research projects related to breast cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and inherited disorders of the nuclear envelope called laminopathies.

Professor Nigel Emptage's research explores the neural basis of memory formation. His group employs a variety of high-resolution imaging, molecular biological and electrophysiological techniques to dissect the function of synapses, the junctions between individual nerve cells.
Dr Birte Feix  and Dr Pamela Lear tutor Lincoln students in Physiology and Anatomy.



Frances Bell-Davies, 2nd year Medicine

I didn’t apply to Lincoln, but it was the second college I was interviewed at and I’m so lucky that it was! Medicine applicants are interviewed at both the college they choose and another randomly allocated college, and the friendliness of the Lincoln students and tutors made me feel so at home that when I found out that I had been accepted here I was really excited.

Lincoln is an incredibly pretty college, right in the centre of Oxford so you're never far from anything. College provides accommodation for at least four years of your course and all first and second years live no more than two minutes from college giving Lincoln a really great sense of community across all years. This is also helped by the fact that Lincoln is quite a small college both in terms of the college site and the student body, something I was a bit worried about at first, but it’s made it so easy to make friends and get to know pretty much everyone in my year and the years above.

As well as community at Lincoln in general, the medics in all years at Lincoln are really supportive of each other, with older years giving loads of advice to the fresher’s, something I found really helpful in my first year. There are loads of opportunities to meet the other medics, from the regular drinks hosted by Professor Vaux (the head medicine tutor) to medic curries with Lincoln medics from all years, and everyone is so friendly that you quickly feel like part of the family. Along with some brilliant tutors, this makes Lincoln a really good place to study medicine.