Medical Schools


Medicine at University of Cambridge Medical School

Overview of The University of Cambridge Medical School


Cambridge Medicine excels in league tables. Cambridge has 3 pre-clinical years, after which you can, if you get a place, continue at Cambridge for 3 clinical years or complete them somewhere else (many go on to medical schools in London or Oxford). 

The pre-clinical years are rigorous with lots of lectures, practicals and small-group supervised sessions. In the third year, students study a chosen subject in more depth. This is usually one related to biological medicine but can be a research project or something unrelated to medicine. The emphasis during the clinical years is on learning in clinical settings: at the bedside, in outpatient clinics and in GP surgeries, which is supported by seminars, tutorials and discussion groups.


Course Structure - University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

At Cambridge, you study the medical sciences first, before learning to apply that knowledge to medical practice as a clinical student. The first three years (pre-clinical studies) involve lectures, practical classes (including dissections) and supervisions, with typically 20-25 timetabled teaching hours each week. The emphasis during the clinical studies (Years 4, 5 and 6) is on learning in clinical settings: at the bedside, in outpatient clinics and in GP surgeries, which is supported by seminars, tutorials and discussion groups.

Cambridge Medicine Requirements


No specific requirements, but successful applicants will generally have 7s and above in all GCSEs

A Levels


Must include Chemistry & Biology/Maths/Physics. 

Some colleges require 3 subjects


40-42 points with 776 at Higher Level

Scottish Higher


Scottish Advanced



University of Cambridge school of clinical Medicine Admission Tests





How Does Cambridge Medical School Look At The BMAT?

No passmark, each college uses the BMAT in different ways (see individual website for more details). Average successful candidate has 6.1 in section 1 and 2.




Course Information

Graduate Entry

You can apply as an affiliate student (taking the pre-clinical component of the Standard Course in Medicine (A100) in two years instead of the usual three) to one of Lucy Cavendish, St Edmund's or Wolfson Colleges

Requirements: A good Honours degree (2.1 or above) in any discipline and passes at A Level

You can apply to the accelerated Graduate Course in Medicine (A101) to Hughes Hall, Lucy Cavendish College, St Edmund's College or Wolfson College (only available to UK/EU students)

You can apply for both the Standard Course in Medicine (A100) and the Graduate Course in Medicine (A101). However, if you choose to do so you must apply to the same College for both courses (ie Lucy Cavendish, St Edmund's or Wolfson)



In year 3 you specialise in one of a wide range of other subjects offered by the University (sometimes known elsewhere as intercalation) to qualify for the BA degree (Cambridge Medicine Intercalation). 

Options include:

  • Part II Biological and Biomedical Sciences in Natural Sciences

  • A single Part II Natural Sciences subject

  • A non-core science subject, such as Anthropology, Management Studies, History of Medicine or Philosophy


Work Experience at University of Cambridge Medicine

To develop understanding of what a career in Medicine involves and your suitability for your intended profession, you’re strongly advised (though not required) to undertake some relevant work experience (either paid or voluntary) in a health or related area.


Personal Statement for University of Cambridge Medical School

Personal statements allow students to tell us about their subject interest, and the process of writing a personal statement can often help a student better understand their academic interests and intellectual motivations. Medicine personal statement examples Cambridge can be available on the internet, however Cambridge looks for unique and different personal statements when accepting students so searching on the internet for this is not recommended.


Does This Medical School Have A Gateway or Foundation Year?





Cambridge Medicine Interview


- Interviewers: 2 - a current medical practitioner and an admissions tutor

- Length: 20-45 minutes


The majority occur in the first three weeks of December with decisions posted to applicants from January onwards.


  • Attributes of a Good Doctor

  • Biology-based Questions

  • Chemistry-based Questions

  • General Science- based Questions

  • Medical-based Questions

  • NHS

  • Ethical Dilemmas


Contact Details

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University of Cambridge
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Tel:  01223 333308


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