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The Graduate Course in Medicine is available only to applicants from the UK and EU. Overseas graduates may apply for affiliated entry only to the Standard Course; graduates from within the UK and EU may apply to both courses.

The Graduate Course in Medicine is an accelerated four-year programme, with an emphasis on the acquisition of clinical skills through direct patient contact in hospital and community environments. Students who complete it successfully are entitled to hold provisional registration with the General Medical Council; most go on to work in the NHS, and many become general practitioners.

Lucy Cavendish aims to admit ten students for the Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine each year. We also have around ten students on the Standard Course in Medicine together with twelve postgraduate Medical Scientists and a similar number of teaching and research staff, making Medicine the largest subject community in college.


Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Course Requirements

IMPORTANT: Applicants must complete a separate University of Cambridge application form for the A101 course in addition to making an application via UCAS.  The 2019 entry application form is available to download in Word or pdf format from the Cambridge website here.

  • A Level Chemistry (normally passed at grade A or above within seven years of entry) and one of Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Mathematics (at A or AS level)
  • GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language, both at grade C or above, or recognised equivalent
  • Most successful applicants have at least three A Levels at grade A or A* in any subject
  • UK Honours Degree, or equivalent, in any discipline, with a 2.i or above
  • A range of British and international qualifications may be acceptable.  Applicants holding qualifications they believe to be equivalent other than the International Baccalaureate and Scottish Highers will need to demonstrate, convincingly, that those qualifications involve a comparable level of scientific and mathematical understanding, and are advised to contact us for guidance
  • We strongly recommend obtaining medical/healthcare experience as a paid or volunteer worker, and the shadowing of medical professionals

Number of students 

We aim to admit around ten students per year.

For more information:

Admissions Assessment

  • Most applicants are required to take a subject-specific written admission assessment, either pre-interview or at interview. These assessments are designed to supplement the information in your application and provide a gauge of your abilities - to assess skills, such as comprehension and thinking skills, and levels of knowledge and understanding, relevant to your course. Read more on the University's website here.