The Graduate Course in Medicine (A101) is open to UK/EU applicants who:
- hold a good Honours degree (II.1 or above) in any discipline (science subjects are most useful)
- also satisfy the GCSE and AS/A Level requirements (see course requirements below, most successful applicants typically have at least AAA at A Level or equivalent)
Please note that you must complete a separate Graduate Course in Medicine application form (see related documents, right) in addition to your UCAS application to apply for this course.
- Applications for 2017 entry can be submitted from 1 September 2016.
- The deadline for receipt of your UCAS application is 15 October 2016.
- The deadline to email your Graduate Course in Medicine application is 22 October 2016.
If you are eligible to apply for the Graduate Course in Medicine (A101) you may also apply for the Standard Course in Medicine (A100). This is the only instance when it is possible to apply to more than one course at the University. If you choose to do so, you must apply to the same College for both courses (ie Lucy Cavendish or Wolfson).
It is not possible to apply for deferred entry to the Graduate Course in Medicine.
You may enter up to four medical courses in your UCAS application. Your remaining choice can be used for an alternative course without prejudice to your commitment to medicine.
All undergraduate admissions decisions are the responsibility of the Cambridge Colleges so, in addition to the guidance below, check College websites for College-specific requirements. See also Entrance requirements and our Subject Matters leaflet for additional advice about general requirements for entry, qualifications and offers.
Please note that in the following ‘science/mathematics subjects’ refers to Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. It does not include Psychology.
Students wanting to study Medicine must have achieved:
- grade C or above in GCSE (or equivalent) Double Award Science and Mathematics
- two single awards in GCSE Biology and Physics may be substituted for Double Award Science
AS and A Levels
- Applicants must have A Level Chemistry (normally passed within seven years of entry) and AS or A Level passes in two of Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Mathematics.
The GCSE and AS/A Level subject requirements also apply to the IB.
- Individual Middle Years Programme subject results validated by the IB at grade 4 or above will satisfy the GCSE requirements.
- Standard Level subjects will satisfy AS Level subject requirements, and Higher Level subjects will satisfy A Level subject requirements.
Other examination systems
We expect applicants taking other recognised examinations to demonstrate a level of understanding in science and mathematics roughly equivalent to those applying with A Levels. Refer to the Entrance requirements page for details of other qualifications and please consult any College Admissions Tutor for further advice.
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. We aren’t prescriptive about how this is obtained, recognising the widely differing opportunities available.
Applicants for the Graduate Course in Medicine (A101) are not required to take an admission assessment. However, if you wish to apply to both the Standard Course (A100) and Graduate Course (A101), you’re required to take the Biomedical Admission Test (BMAT) – see the Standard Course (A100) entry requirements information for details of the BMAT.
You must be a keen scientist, with a sound scientific understanding. As selection for medical school implies selection for the medical profession, admissions decisions are informed by national guidance on what makes a good doctor, for example, the Medical Schools Council's Consensus Statement on the Role of the Doctor and Guiding Principles for the Admission of Medical Students.
Applications from students who have failed at or been excluded from another medical school will not normally be considered for entry to Medicine at Cambridge.
The GMC has certain expectations regarding the attitudes, behaviour and performance of medical students. Trainee doctors at Cambridge must satisfy the GMC's fitness to practise requirements, both when applying and throughout the course. These requirements are in place to ensure the safety of patients.
Disclosure and Barring Service check
All offers of a place on a Medicine course for UK students are subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Overseas students are asked to provide similar evidence.
Where courses may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults, students are legally required to undergo an enhanced DBS check. The University will send further instructions on registering with the DBS as part of the admissions process.
Minor misdemeanours will not necessarily prevent you from entering the medical profession but you should declare these in your UCAS application and you will be sent the relevant forms to complete if you are offered a place.
More details can be found on the University's Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) webpage and on the Faculty of Biology website.
Doctors, even as students and trainees, have a responsibility to be honest and open about their own health and all successful applicants are required to complete a confidential occupational health assessment. A questionnaire will be included with your offer letter and, once completed, should be returned to the University's Occupational Health Service.
Your answers to the health questionnaire help to ensure that your medical training will not place your own or others' health at risk and determine, in terms of fitness to fulfil the requirements of the General Medical Council (GMC), your suitability to work as a doctor. The Undergraduate Standards and Guidance can be found on the GMC website.
The assessment is also to inform the University of any long-term health conditions or disabilities that you have which require specific support, so that this can be in place before you start the course.
Vaccinations for medical school
The University requires all prospective medical students be immunised against certain infectious diseases to meet health and safety standards required to work with patients. You will be sent details of the vaccination programme with your offer.
In accordance with Department of Health guidelines and NHS requirements, you will be offered blood tests to check that you are not infected with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV before you can be cleared to participate in certain surgical procedures.
If you are infected, you will be allowed to continue with the course but will not be allowed to partake in surgical practices on patients known as 'exposure prone' procedures. It will not prevent you from qualifying or practising as a doctor, except for a restriction on exposure prone procedures.
Disabilities, Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) and health conditions
A disability, SpLD or long-term health condition needn't prevent you from becoming a doctor if you can satisfy the professional fitness to practice requirements.
In these circumstances, please contact a College Admissions Tutor as early as possible to discuss your needs and the course requirements. Such disclosures are considered independently of academic qualifications and the interview process.
The University's Disability Resource Centre (DRC) can provide general advice and guidance to prospective and current students with a disability, SpLD or long-term health condition.
For further information about studying the Medicine (Graduate course) at the University of Cambridge see the School of Clinical Medicine website.