There are currently around 40 graduate medical students studying at St Edmund’s.

All Graduate Medicine students are guaranteed a room in College for the duration of their studies. We have a range of accommodation available including single study bedrooms, ensuite study bedrooms and studio flats. We have some accommodation suitable for couples and families and this is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on accommodation visit our accommodation pages.

How to apply

Entry Requirements

 The Graduate Medicine course is only open to candidates who are UK-citizens or those ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom. Competition for admission to the Cambridge Graduate Medicine course is extremely high. Annually, the University receives approximately 500 applications for 40 places. As such, the entry requirements are also reasonably high.

Minimum Offer Level

A-Levels and an undergraduate degree:

  • A*A*A (or equivalent in other qualifications) if you graduated with a 2.1 or are yet to complete your degree
  • ABB (or equivalent in other qualifications) if you graduated with a first-class degree

International Baccalaureate and an undergraduate degree:

  • 41-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level if you graduated with a 2.1 or are yet to complete your degree
  • 38-40 points, with 665 at Higher Level if you graduated with a first-class degree

You can’t apply for this course if you:

  • want to take a gap year before you start the course
  • do not have home fee status
  • have failed at or been excluded from another medical school

 Work Experience

Work experience in a medical setting plays a large role in our selection process. Competitive candidates typically have a variety of work experience, built up over several years. This can be paid or voluntary, in a health or social care organisation.

 Subject Requirements

  • A-Level Chemistry at grade A or above, passed within 7 years of entry to the course.
  • At least one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics, at A-Level or AS-Level.

Please note that these requirements do not need to be met to apply; you can apply with pending qualifications.

IB Higher Level subjects or Scottish Highers in relevant subjects will satisfy the A-Level requirements.

If you do not have recent science A-Levels (or equivalent), but believe your degree meets the subject requirements, please contact us ( We will assist you in mapping your existing knowledge to see whether or not it is likely that you will meet the subject requirements.


Extra requirements if you get offered a place 

If you get offered a place on this course, we will need to check a few extra things with you. We will explain what you need to do when we send the offer letter out to you.

Everything you tell us will be confidential. Some of the usual additional checks include:

  • A criminal record check. In the UK this is called a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. Find out more about criminal record checks
  • Vaccinations – you’ll need to be immunised against certain infectious diseases
  • A blood test – to make sure you can safely take part in certain surgical procedures
  • An occupational health assessment
  • If you have a disability, specific learning disabilities, SpLD or a long-term health condition we will discuss your needs with you at this stage.

Declaring minor misdemeanours 

Minor misdemeanours will not necessarily prevent you from entering the medical profession.

You should declare these in your UCAS application. We will send you the relevant forms to complete if you are offered a place.

Extenuating Circumstances

Many successful applicants have a history of academic underperformance, or gaps in their education, and we take all of the contextual factors that might be responsible for this into account in our decision-making process. For that reason, it is important that you provide information about the educational institutions you have attended, and any challenges you have encountered, in your UCAS form and My Cambridge Application form. We generally expect all applicants to have attainment in recent qualifications that match the University requirements.

If your education has been seriously disrupted or disadvantaged through ill health, disability, difficulties with schooling, or challenging personal or family circumstances, we would encourage you to submit an Extenuating Circumstances Form (ECF) with your application. This will enable us to take your personal situation into consideration when assessing your application. For further guidance, please refer to the University guidance here. For mature applicants, it is not expected that the ECF is submitted by your school or college. The ECF should normally be submitted by 22 October. Please be assured that these forms are kept securely and will only be read by the relevant parties.