Graduate Medicine Course

The Graduate Course in Medicine is an accelerated four-year programme.

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.

Please note that you must complete a separate Graduate Course in Medicine application form in addition to your UCAS application to apply for this course. The deadline to email your Graduate Course in Medicine application for 2022 entry is 22 October 2021. The deadline for receipt of your UCAS application is 15 October 2021. Candidates can apply to both the standard (A100) and graduate-entry (A101) courses but most apply to the same college for both.

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.

Course Requirements

There are two sets of academic requirements for this course. One set 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.i or have yet to complete your first degree) or ABB (if you graduated with a 1st). If you didn’t take A levels we will consider your performance in equivalent qualifications such as the IB, BTECs or Access courses. Postgraduate qualifications are not considered.

The second set must be met before entry and will be added as offer conditions if you haven’t met them already. For these, applicants must have A Level Chemistry or an equivalent qualification passed at grade A or above within seven years of entry, and one of Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Mathematics (at A or AS level). Many candidates apply whilst studying for these if they took different subjects originally – candidates do not need to have completed them in order to apply.

Applicants holding or sitting qualifications they believe to be comparable to the A-levels listed above will need to demonstrate to our satisfaction that those qualifications involve an appropriate level of scientific and mathematical understanding, and are advised to contact us for guidance before applying. Information on international A level equivalent qualifications can be found here.

Applicants are not expected to sit the BMAT. We do, however, strongly recommend obtaining medical/healthcare experience as a paid or volunteer worker, and the shadowing of medical professionals.

Applications

Applicants should apply online through UCAS as well as by completing the separate Graduate Course in Medicine Application Form, which can be found on the course page on the University website.

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

Please note that this course is only open to applicants who are eligible for Home fee status. International graduates may apply for affiliated entry to the Standard Course (A100); home fee status graduates may apply to both courses if they wish.

Shortlisting

We have also simplified the academic assessment this year – candidates are no longer scored on their prior attainment. We will now require candidates to have A*A*A at A level (or equivalent) if they have an achieved 2.i or are still studying a degree or ABB at A level (or equivalent) if they have achieved at first class degree. We only score first undergraduate degrees (not subsequent degrees or postgraduate qualifications) and A levels are the best 3. Access courses are acceptable as an alternative to A levels for this course but all candidates must either have achieved an A in Chemistry A level in the last 7 years or have equivalent experience in their degree or via another qualification.
For candidates who don’t meet the requirements above, we will take their particular circumstances into context and may move some candidates on to the next stage. If candidates meet the threshold, they move to the clinical experience scoring with no marks carried forward; the scoring after interview will similarly be based purely on the interview; there is no longer an advantage in exceeding rather the academic requirements as we want to be fairer and to place more emphasis on candidate’s experience and potential.
Applicants meeting the academic requirements are next scored on their work experience 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.

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.

Further information on the course can be found on the Clinical School and the University of Cambridge websites.