The Cambridge Medicine course is rewarding, demanding and highly competitive. It comprises three years of pre-clinical study (two for affiliated students), followed by three years of clinical study.
Medical training at Cambridge is heavily science based. This exploits the strong research base in biomedical sciences at Cambridge. The scientific element of the course carries substantial advantages for Cambridge trained physicians, allowing them to easily understand and work with new findings and developments.
Due to the competitive nature of the course, it is important that you make sure you meet/will meet the below matriculation requirements and that you have appropriate healthcare experience before you apply for the course.
Applicants must have an A Level in Chemistry, and one in Biology/Human Biology, Physics, or Mathematics. However, most successful applicants have at least three science/mathematics A Levels at grade A* or A. Affiliated applicants additionally need a good BA Honours Degree with at least a 2.1 grade.
Applicants holding qualifications they believe to be equivalent other than the International Baccalaureate and Scottish Highers will need to demonstrate, convincingly, that those qualifications involve a comparable level of scientific and mathematical understanding, and are advised to contact us for guidance. Information on international A level equivalent qualifications can be found here.
It should be stressed that the requirements detailed above represent a minimum or threshold standard: most successful applicants obtain at least three A-levels (or equivalent) in pure sciences and mathematics, at Grade A or A*.
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.
What we are looking for:
We are looking for students who are highly motivated and enthusiastic about medicine and have the academic ability to learn very fast in a demanding course. You should have a strong scientific interest in medical sciences and a realistic view of Medicine as a career.
At the same time, we seek applicants who exhibit the human qualities of excellent clinicians, such as compassion, empathy, integrity and drive. Accordingly, the admissions process evaluates the applicants’ academic background and scientific aptitude, as well as evidence of exposure to relevant medical environments through volunteering or shadowing experiences.
All applicants for Medicine (A100) are required to sit the BMAT exam prior to interview. Please note that the BMAT is not required for applications to the Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine (A101).
Interviews for the standard and affiliated Medicine course (A100) take place in December. All applicants invited to interview will have two interviews, including an academic interview with the Admissions Tutor and Director of Studies and a general interview with the Senior Tutor and a medical clinician. In all interviews, we will also be looking for evidence that you have the necessary skills to practice clinical Medicine.