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Medicine at University of Cambridge Medical School & Interview Questions 2024

Overview of The University of Cambridge Medical School

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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.


Founded in 1209, Cambridge has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. The university offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate medical programs, including an MPhil in Medical Science. Cambridge has a strong emphasis on research, and students have the opportunity to work alongside leading researchers in their fields. The university also has an impressive range of facilities, including the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and the Addenbrooke's Hospital.

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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

GCSE

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


Average GCSE Grades for Offer Holders at Cambridge Medical School:

  • 2021: 9.72 A*s, 0.6 As, 0.23 Bs + Below

  • 2022: 9.70 A*s, 0.4 As, 0.12 Bs + Below

A Levels

A*A*A (typical A-Level offer)


Must include Chemistry & Biology/Maths/Physics. 


Some colleges require 4 subjects at A Level 0 please check each college.


Average A-Level Predicted Grades for Offer Holders at Cambridge Medical School:

  • 2021: 92% had A*A*A*

  • 2022: 95% had A*A*A*

IB

40-42 points with 776 at Higher Level

Scottish Higher

-

Scottish Advanced

-

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University of Cambridge school of clinical Medicine Admission Tests

UCAT

Yes (new for 2025 entry)

How Does Cambridge Medical School Look At The UCAT?


University of Cambridge UCAT Cut Off 2024 for 2025 Entry

As this is the first year that Cambridge are using the UCAT, no cut-off scores are currently known. 


It is likely that scores will be on the higher side. 

BMAT

No (as of 2025 Entry), now UCAT

** PLEASE NOTE: For 2025 Entry for Medicine at Cambridge - the BMAT will not be used. Instead, the UCAT will be used **


Cambridge BMAT Requirements & Cut Offs (For 2024 Entry and Prior)


How Does Cambridge Medical School Look At The BMAT? Is there a BMAT Cut off for Cambridge?

  • At Cambridge, there is no BMAT cutoff score for 2023 entry, each college uses the BMAT differently (see individual website for more details). 

  • BMAT is generally used holistically with personal statements and academic grades. 

  • The higher the BMAT score, the higher the chance of being invited to interview. There is no particular BMAT score required for Cambridge.

  • The average successful candidate for Cambridge is 6.1 in sections 1 and 2 of the BMAT.


What is a good BMAT Score for Cambridge Medicine?

Given that the average successful BMAT score for Cambridge is 6.1, anything >6 in both S1 and S2 of the BMAT would place you in a competitive position when applying - but don't worry if you score lower than this!


What is the lowest BMAT score for Cambridge?

No official lowest or minimum BMAT score is needed for Cambridge, as each application is considered holistically. This is why every year there are some students who have 4s in either S1 or S2 and still receive an offer. However, please remember that the higher you score the better your chances!


Average BMAT Scores For Offer Holders at Cambridge Medical School

  • 2021: S1: 6.51, S2: 6.60, S3: 3.45

  • 2022: S1: 6.37, S2: 6.42, S3: 3.40

GAMSAT

No

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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)

Intercalation

Compulsory

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


Applications : Place

Application Statistics (Home)

Application Statistics (International)

6

20


Applications : Interview

NA

NA

International Student Tuition Fee

The international student fee per year is £67194

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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.

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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.