Cambridge offers three medical courses:
- The Standard Course: the traditional way to learn medicine in Cambridge, largely taught to school levers with a few mature undergrads. The cause is 6 years long with a 3 year preclinical: 3 year clinical split.
- The Affiliated course: for those students who already have a degree but may not be eligible for the 4 year graduate programme. This course has the same structure as the standard course with exception to the intercalated year.
- The Graduate Course: Take the standard course, strip out the essays and intercalation, then compress the remaining 5 years into 4, and you are left with the Graduate Course.
The graduate course is run by 3 colleges: Lucy Cavendish, Wolfson, and Hughes Hall. Clicking the crests above will take you to the college websites.
Cambridge admissions standards are competitive, as are those for medicine as a whole. The CGCM course is no exception. Here, we've attempted to answer the most important and frequently asked questions. This is not in any way an official guide. Our aim is to inform prospective students; is is not to compromise the CGC selection procedure by providing, for example, insider information. All information here is openly available elsewhere; we've simply collated it into an easily accessible form. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the committee.
For complete information on entry requirements, click here. Please find below some pertinent points you should consider before applying:
- Chemistry at A level standard within 7 years of course commencement is needed,
- Academic achievement is heavily weighted. High A level scores and a decent 2.1 or 1st in your undergraduate studies would be desirable.
- One great thing about the CGCM course is that the undergraduate degree does NOT need to be science-related - currently, there are students who have undergraduate degrees in Modern Languages, Public Health, and Biochemistry.
- A separate application, complete with a Cambridge-specific personal statement, is needed on top of the UCAS application form.
For the 2014-2015 intake, the interview format was adapted from a single 45 minute-long interview to a series of mini-stations to test independently different components of the applicant's aptitude. The topics of the interview haven't changed substantially however: critical thinking, ethics, teamwork, communication skills, scientific acumen etc. We're not in a position to divulge specific questions regarding the interviews but, having said that, Cambridge doesn't seem to be markedly different from any other medical school.
1) Academic and pastoral support of a collegiate system
2) Integrated preclinical and clinical ensures that you gain a comprehensive understanding of the basic sciences without compromising on the clinical side
3) Very supportive and enthusiastic clinical team