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Medicine (Graduate Course)

  • Director of Studies Dr Nick Evans (Pre-Clinical Yr 1&2), Dr Thomas Pulimood (Clinical Yr 3&5) & Dr Jeremy Webb (Clinical Yr 3&4)
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The Graduate Course in Medicine is an accelerated four-year programme. Admissions are co-ordinated across four Colleges.

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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.

You can find further information about studying Graduate Medicine on the University's course . Detailed information is also available on the Clinical School's Prospective Undergraduates .

Overview

The Graduate Course in Medicine (A101) is open only to applicants who qualify for Home fee status.  For information about fee status, see .

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

Please note that you must complete a separate Graduate Course in Medicine in addition to your UCAS application to apply for this course. The deadline to submit this additional form is 23 October.

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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What are we 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.

Entry Requirements

There are two sets of academic requirements for this course. The first is your academic performance to date, based on A levels (or equivalent) and your first degree. The second set relates to the subject requirements which must be met before studying medicine at Cambridge.

Academic requirements must be met in order for your application to be considered – you must have contextualised A level results of:

  • A*A*A (if you graduated with a 2.1 or have yet to complete your first degree)

OR

  • ABB (if you have graduated with a 1st class degree).


If you didn’t take A levels we will consider your performance in equivalent qualifications such as the IB, BTECs or Access courses.

Our contextualisation of A level results (or equivalents) will take account of personal circumstances and any educational disadvantage you may have experienced. This is done on a case-by-case basis taking all the available information provided in your application into account.

If you took pre-degree qualifications outside of the UK the please see the for equivalencies.

We would expect contextualisation of degree outcomes to have been undertaken by the awarding university: owing to the competitive nature of this course we cannot accept a final degree award of less than a 2.1 (or equivalent).

Where universities classify degrees differently, we would usually follow the equivalencies given on the .

Dentists with a distinction will be considered to have a first-class degree; merit is considered equivalent to a 2.1.

Postgraduate qualifications are not considered.

Please consult the University's for further information.

You can also find useful information on our Application FAQs page. 

Applications

Applicants should apply online through UCAS as well as by completing the separate Graduate Course in Medicine Application Form, which will be emailed to applicants following receipt of their UCAS application (as noted on the ).

UCAS applications received without the form will be regarded as invalid.

Applicants to the graduate course only are not required to sit the BMAT; BMAT and UCAT scores are not considered as part of the application process for this course.

A set of Applicant Instructions for 2023 Entry can be found here.

The Healthcare Experience Log for 2023 Entry is also now available.

Shortlisting

Applicants meeting the academic requirements are scored on the duration and variety of their work experience, reflection, and references. Applicants are scored by at least 2 assessors in parallel to minimise bias. The top scoring 90 or so candidates are then invited to interview.

We strongly recommend obtaining some healthcare experience as a paid or volunteer worker, since we particularly value experience in a caring role. Typically, students who are made offers for this course have varied and consistent hands-on patient care experience, over a number of years. Applicants whose experience is largely based on shadowing are unlikely to be competitive. Where applicants are already qualified healthcare workers, it is essential that they have a range of experience outside of their own discipline.

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.

Financial Support

There is financial support available to Graduate Medicine applicants details of which can be found here