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Download this page as a pdf document. Below is a personal statement from a recent applicant for A Medicine at Oxford. It is not perfect and it may not be suited to every medical school. There is no single template for success in terms of an application to Oxford. Other styles can be equally effective: we encourage individuality and diversity in our students.
Medical School Application Advice: a Sharp Guide Written by a Cambridge Medical Student
Human Sciences was the only course I could find, not just in Oxford, but the whole country, where I could study so many different things. I knew I was interested in the human body, but I wanted to explore the way we think and behave too. From the genetics of cancer to the political impact of international migration, from a practical class with the bones and skulls of our hominin ancestors, to a discussion about the importance of religion in modern day society, no two days are the same! We also get a lot of freedom in organising our own time relative to other courses - having several lectures a week means a little bit of flexibility and choice when arranging tutorials.
As the new university application season opens for another year, you may be considering some extra ways in which you can enhance your personal statement before you submit your UCAS form. Our suggestions for each subject are below, with a final section devoted to general super-curricular activities for any subject at the end. The primary super-curricular activity for English is, of course, reading, with writing your own work coming a close second.