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Medicine (Graduate Course)

The Graduate Course in Medicine is an accelerated four-year programme.

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Wolfson is one of four colleges – together with Lucy Cavendish (women only), Hughes Hall and St Edmund's – offering places to students on the Graduate Course in Medicine at the University of Cambridge.

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The emphasis is the acquisition of clinical skills by direct patient contact in hospital and community environments, and the integration of core medical science with clinical medicine.

The Graduate Course in Medicine (A101) is open only to applicants who qualify for Home fee status.  For information about fee status, see here. More information on the changes for 2021 entry for EU students can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/student-support-in-england

Please note that you must complete a separate Graduate Course in Medicine application form in addition to your UCAS application to apply for this course. The Application Form for 2020 will be available later this month. The deadline to email your Graduate Course in Medicine application for 2021 entry is 22 October 2020. The deadline for receipt of your UCAS application is 15 October 2020. Applicants for the Graduate Course in Medicine are not required to complete a SAQ (Supplementary Application Questionnaire).

Due to the competitive nature of the course, it is important that you make sure you meet or will meet the below pre medical requirements and that you have appropriate healthcare experience before you apply for the course.

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Course Requirements

All applicants must meet the following requirements before entry: Applicants must have A Level Chemistry (normally passed at grade A or above within seven years of entry*) and one of Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Mathematics (at A or AS level). In addition candidates must have basic numeracy and literacy skills as demonstrated by GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language, both at grade C or above, or their widely recognised equivalent.

*Please note: Due to the current pandemic at present A level Chemistry is not required to be sat within 7 years of entry as would normally be the case. There will be no need therefore to repeat any A levels, provided you meet our course requirements, for entry in 2021. A decision on this requirement for 2022 admission is still pending.

Most successful applicants have at least three A Levels at grade A or A* in any subject, in addition to meeting the requirements in science/maths. Applicants also need a good BA Honours Degree, in any discipline, with a 2.i or above.

Applicants holding or sitting qualifications they believe to be comparable to the A-levels listed above will need to demonstrate, convincingly, that those qualifications involve an appropriate 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.

Applicants are not expected to sit the BMAT. We do, however, strongly recommend obtaining medical/healthcare experience as a paid or volunteer worker, and the shadowing of medical professionals.

Healthcare experience

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.

Guidance on obtaining healthcare experience during the pandemic

Applications

Applicants should apply online through UCAS as well as completing the separate Graduate Course in Medicine Application Form (see link above). UCAS applications received without the form will be regarded as invalid.

Please note that this course (A101) from 2021 entry onwards is open only to applicants who qualify for Home fee status. For information about fee status, see here. More information on the changes for 2021 entry for EU students can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/student-support-in-england

International graduates may apply for affiliated entry to the Standard Course (A100); Home fee status graduates may apply to both courses.

Interviews

The interview is in the multiple mini interview format (normally 10 stations), with each station lasting 5 minutes. The interviewers include clinicians, medical sciences experts and lay academics.

The Directors of Studies are Wolfson Admissions Tutor Dr Lesley MacVinish (Pre-Clinical), Dr Jeremy Webb (Clinical) and Thomas Pulimood.

Further information on the course can be found on the Clinical School and University of Cambridge website.