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
There are no GCSE requirements for the entry to Cambridge university medicine, however they are looked at in relation to the school / college the applicant achieved this at. Generally most successful applicants have multiple 7/8/9 grades at GCSE.
For Cambridge Medicine, A Levels in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics are required.
Most applicants have at least three science/mathematics A Levels and some Colleges require this and/or particular subjects. See College websites for details.
40-42 points with 776 at Higher Level
University of Cambridge school of clinical medicine Admission Tests
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).
- 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
Foundation Year / Gateway
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.
Cambridge Medicine Interview
- Panel 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.
- Background and Personal Statement
- Work Experience
- General Questions
- Attributes of a Good Doctor
- Biology-based Questions
- Chemistry-based Questions
- General Science- based Questions:
- Medical-based Questions
- Ethical Dilemmas
- Address: University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Box 111 Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge, CB2 0SP, UK
- Telephone: +44 (0)1223 336700