Biomedical Sciences


Why Study Biomedical Sciences at St Hilda’s?

Biomedical Sciences is a relatively new degree at Oxford, meeting a need for scientists who understand that drug discovery is increasingly driven by industry-academic partnerships. This foundation degree will equip you by combining an understanding of the exciting advances in technology platforms with the ability to translate this for Pharma and clinical colleagues. In addition to a broad and strong scientific and biomedical tutoring team, St Hilda’s typically hosts 36 preclinical and clinical medical students and also has the largest intake of Biology students in Oxford. This is matched by postgraduate Biomedical and Life Science students and we have a very research-active Middle Common Room that welcomes undergraduates to their events. Our tutor team is dominated by basic scientists and we aim to give Biomedical Sciences a distinctly research and science based identity, separate from the clinical training program.  Core tutors work at the translational interface and with industry, providing career mentoring relevant to science graduates.

Subject Tutors

The core tutorial teaching team at St Hilda’s consists of:-

- Associate Professor Philippa Hulley
- Dr Stephen McHugh
- Associate Professor Maike Glitsch
- Professor Petros Ligoxygakis

The core tutorial teaching team at St Hilda's includes two Biomedical Tutorial Fellows, one Experimental Psychology Tutorial Fellow and one Biology lecturer, covering cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, neuroscience and psychology material. Additional support is available within the College from Statistics, Maths, Physics and Chemistry Fellows and lecturers.

After St Hilda’s?

Students graduating with 2.i or better degree are entitled to proceed straight into PhD (DPhil) program, but many graduates choose to do one of the Masters courses available to further their knowledge in the area of interest. Other options, such as work in industry, or teaching, are also popular.

Further Information

Biomedical Sciences Teaching at St Hilda's

Biomedical Sciences students across the university work towards the same degree. Lectures and practicals are taught centrally in the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre and Psychology department.  Students share some course components with preclinical medicine but the course is more focused on basic research. St Hilda’s College provides extensive tutorial support and the team of tutors has considerable experience with teaching medical, psychology and biology students.

First year: The first year students develop a strong foundation in a wide range of biological subjects. College provides thorough tutorial support to ensure material is well covered. In addition, while central teaching is provided in numeracy and fundamental sciences, St Hilda’s has particular strength in statistics, maths, physics and chemistry and provides additional tutorials.

  • Numerical and scientific skills (Mathematics and Statistics, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Body, brain and behaviour
  • Cells, molecules and genes

Second year and part 1 Finals: The second year offers optional modules: Subject areas offered include:

  • Psychological processes and disorders (Tutor Stephen McHugh)
  • Neurophysiology (Tutors Maike Glitsch and Stephen McHugh)
  • Cellular and systems physiology (Tutor Robert Wilkins)
  • Intra- and intercellular signalling (Tutors Philippa Hulley, Maike Glitsch)
  • Genetics and developmental biology (Tutors Petros Ligoxygakis and Philippa Hulley)
  • Pharmacology
  • Cellular pathology and immunology (Tutor Petros Ligoxygakis)

 St. Hilda’s is particularly strong in the 2nd year subjects, with Tutors teaching on psychology, neurophysiology and genetics courses. All major options are covered by medical, psychology and biology teaching teams, some in exchange with other Colleges.

Part 2 Finals- second and third years: In term 6 students focus on their Research Project. Both Philippa Hulley and Maike Glitsch regularly supervise and examine these projects for preclinical medics and biomedical scientists. Coursework and Part 2 final exams require specialisation in either Cell and Systems Biology or Neuroscience (including experimental psychology) and St Hilda’s offers both options.

Module choices include:

  • Neuroscience (Cellular and Systems)
  • Molecular medicine
  • Cardiovascular, renal and respiratory biology
  • Infection and immunity
  • Cellular physiology and pharmacology
  • Experimental psychology