|Applicants for this course must complete a Graduate Course in Medicine application form, in addition to their UCAS application. The deadline for both applications is 15 October.|
Wolfson is one of three colleges, together with Lucy Cavendish (women only) and Hughes Hall, offering places to students on the Graduate Course in Medicine at the University of Cambridge. The course is for those with Home and EU fee status only. Please note if applying for both the Graduate Course in Medicine (A101) AND the Medicine (A100) course that you must apply to only one college for both (either Wolfson or Lucy Cavendish).
Director of Studies:
Pre Clinical: Dr Lesley MacVinish
Due to the competitive nature of the course, it is important that you make sure you meet/will meet the below pre medical requirements and that you have appropriate healthcare experience before you apply for the course.
Pre medical Requirements:
The regulations below are the minimum requirements for beginning the Graduate Course in Medicine. Applicants must obtain the following examination passes (or their equivalents) from an approved examination board:
Passes at grades C or above in Double Award Science and Mathematics. Please note that single awards in GCSE Biology and Physics may be substituted for Double Award Science.
AS and A level requirement
A Level Chemistry (passed within seven years of entry) plus AS or A level passes in two of the following: Physics, Biology, Mathematics.
At least an upper second class honors degree in any discipline.
Other examination systems
If you are taking/have taken a different examination system (such as overseas qualifications), you should discuss your position with the Admissions Secretary as early as possible.
If you are not taking A and AS Levels you will need to provide evidence that you have reached the equivalent standard in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Biology. Please send an email detailing your past and future educational qualifications and grades to the Admissions Secretary at ugadministrator @ wolfson.cam.ac.uk and she will get back to you. It would speed the process of assessment if, where relevant, you attach the syllabus for any courses you would like us to check as meeting the above academic requirements.
Academically competitive applicants will have AAA at A level or equivalent. Those who do not hold these grades should be aware that their application will be in direct competition with those who do.
The BMAT test is not a required condition of entry onto the Graduate Course in Medicine.
We strongly advise obtaining medical/healthcare experience as a paid or volunteer worker in the private or public healthcare industry and the shadowing of medical professionals in hospital/GP practice. We look for varied and consistent hands-on patient care along with experience working within an NHS environment.
Applicants should apply online through UCAS as well as completing the seperate Graduate Course in Medicine Application Form. It is not possible to apply for the CGCM without completing the application form; UCAS applications received without the form will be regarded as invalid.
Interviews are in late November/early December, during the last week of Cambridge term and must be attended in Cambridge.
Defne Saatci, 1st year student on the Graduate Course in Medicine
A few years ago, having just completed half of my first degree, I found myself thinking, "Studying medicine was my aspiration. Why did I hesitate and decide to do this instead?" A common thought, I realised amidst my panic, shared by many other undergraduate biological scientists like me. I was therefore grateful to find that graduate courses in medicine exist.
What made the Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine unique to me was primarily the emphasis placed on the teaching of clinical medicine alongside the basic medical science of the standard medical course. As a first year, I find that immediately starting clinical medicine is the most enjoyable part of this course. Even though this is taught during the undergraduate holidays, it helps put the basic medical science we are learning into perspective; a luxury that the standard course students do not get.
Additionally, being in lectures with the standard course students gives reassurance that even though the CGCM is an accelerated course, the basic science is taught thoroughly. Overall, learning both clinical and pre-clinical medicine together is challenging, but so much more rewarding than I ever imagined.
Another factor that drew me to this course was its openness to all undergraduate backgrounds. After a year, I find that I value this even more. I study alongside peers with philosophy and law degrees, who introduced me to new and different ways of thinking. I think this is invaluable experience in medical training, which I could not get from simply having colleagues with science backgrounds around me. I also must admit that as I completed my first degree at Cambridge I was not quite ready to leave the traditions and stimulating environment Cambridge provides!
Even though CGCM has been very challenging, with its jam-packed eight week terms, the ‘doom’ that is exam-term, followed by weeks of clinical medicine, living in this beautiful city with the variety of people I have met and the traditional activities I have taken part in makes it a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding course.
Now, coming to the end of my first year in the course, I know that applying to the CGCM was the best decision I’ve made so far. I cannot wait to see what the next three years hold.
Graeme Wilson, 2nd year student on the Graduate Course in Medicine
On the whole, I find the College friendly, open, non-hierarchical, individualistic, unpretentious, stimulating and lots of fun - everything education should be. The College very much exists for its students rather than for itself, a paradigm shift from which many other institutions could learn a great deal and which the college rightly recognises as its core strength. The Graduate Medicine course is an intensely challenging and rewarding experience, intellectually and beyond. It's a great education and the support and facilities available within the College really do make a difference. Cambridge demands a lot, so the extra level of support offered by the tutors is a real reassurance throughout my time here.