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Biomedical Sciences


Hey everyone, I’m Yulia, a first-year biomed student, and I’m here to answer any questions you might have while applying to study Biomedical Sciences here at Corpus. If you’d like a better idea of what your life here would be like, don’t hesitate to drop me an email, I’ll be more than happy to chat!

I know how scary it is to be making this life-changing decision of moving to a different city (or even country for some of you!) away from the comfort of living next to your family and friends. Moreover, perhaps you might be experiencing the impostor syndrome, thinking that you might not fit in. But trust me – every new student here will feel the same way and every current student at Corpus will be extremely welcoming to make you feel at home right away.

Corpus Christi is one of the smallest colleges at Oxford, making it a really close-knit community, where you can be sure that everyone from the porters to the college nurse can be trusted to help you with anything you might struggle with. It’s extremely comforting to always have familiar faces around, so you can feel at ease whenever you’re back from crowded lectures. In the first year, all freshers get to live across the road from college, which makes it very easy to make friends and get the right support during those tough first few weeks.

The first year Biomedical Sciences course here at Oxford includes 6 modules, which are focused around studying the human body and the ways in which it might malfunction: Body, Cells, Genes, Molecules, Brain, and Behaviour, as well as additional Physics, Chemistry, Maths, and Statistics modules for helping you grasp those biological concepts and improve your data analysis skills. My day usually consists of 2-3 lectures, often shared with biochemists, medics, and experimental psychologists. Once or twice a week this is followed by 2-3 hour-long labs in the afternoon, which is the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the physiology and anatomy of the human body. We also have maths and stats classes in smaller groups, which focus on calculating data as well as on a bit of coding to get you started on computational analysis. In the first year, I also share 2-3 tutorials per week with other biomed students in my college. Usually this includes one tutorial for cells and body, another for genes and molecules, and occasionally one for brain and behaviour. It might seem daunting to have specialists in their field fire questions at you – I mean, even still we can get the most basic maths wrong. But these sessions are really a chance for you to review anything you might have misunderstood in lectures, as well as to practice exam technique while writing those essays for your tutor.

Even though the academic life at Oxford is known for its intensity, there are plenty of things to do when you want a break from studying. In your fresher’s week you will have the opportunity to explore these options, ranging from pub quizzes in the beer cellar to board games and movie nights. Corpus has plenty to offer in terms of societies and sports teams – try rowing if you want to get the real feel of Oxford or go for a frisbee session – even if you’ve never played before or you’re as clumsy as I am. Whether you’re the life of the party or prefer a quiet chat with your friends, there’s an opportunity to socialise for everyone here.

I hope I’ve made life at Oxford sound a bit less intimidating for you, but if you’d like to hear more, please be sure to contact me. Good luck with your application process and I hope to see you here in the future!

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