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 2021 entry is 22 October 2020. The deadline for receipt of your UCAS application is 15 October 2020. 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

All applicants must meet the following requirements before entry: 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.

In addition, candidates must have basic numeracy and literacy skills as demonstrated by GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language, both at grade C or above, or their widely recognised equivalent

Most successful applicants have achieved at least three A Levels at grade A or A* on their first attempt and an Honours Degree, in any discipline, at 2.i or above.

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 here.

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

Please note that the process for entry in 2022 has not yet been confirmed. The process outlined below will be reviewed and may change significantly ahead of the next admissions round. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office.

In selecting for interview, candidates are scored first on their academic record.  Section A looks at candidate’s school leaving grades and is scored out of 10.

Candidates are also scored on their degree (section B). Points are out of 5 with 5 points for an achieved first class degree from a top 250 university; 3 points for a predicted first, a predicted 2.i or achieved 2.i from a top 250 university); 3 points for an achieved first class degree from any other university; 1 point for a predicted first, predicted 2.i or achieved 2.i from any other university.

Once section A and B are scored, a cutoff is decided amongst the participating colleges to determine which candidate progress to the next stage of having their work experience scored. For the past two years this has been at 12 points. Candidates with extenuating circumstances or from under-represented backgrounds have their points adjusted on a case-by-case basis including the review of all files just below the points cutoff.

Following AB scoring, applicants are scored on their work experience and references using the attached scoring system. Applicants are scored by at least 3 assessors in parallel to minimise bias. The top scoring 90 or so candidates are then invited to interview.

The majority of candidates selected for interview and the clear majority of those made an offer have a first-class degree.

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.