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Typical offer: A*A*A with A* in Chemistry (or equivalent)

Required subjects: Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Mathematics and Physics

Useful subjects: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

Number of undergraduate students admitted per year: Maximum of 8

The Cambridge Medicine course is rewarding, demanding and highly competitive. It comprises three years of pre-clinical study (two for affiliated students), followed by three years of clinical study. Graduates are entitled to hold provisional registration with the General Medical Council; most go on to work in the NHS, and about half become general practitioners.



In years 1 and 2, you study the medically-relevant core scientific knowledge and skills needed as a medical professional.

In year 3 students specialise in one of a wide range of other subjects offered by the University to qualify for the BA degree. During this year, students visit community-based health-related agencies.

In years 4, 5 and 6 students take part in clinical placements in numerous locations. Following and introductory course, each year also has its own focus- core clinical practice (year 4), specialist clinical practice (year 5) and applied clinical practice (year 6)- and is built around several major themes.

Further information can be found on the Faculty and University websites. Study at Cambridge | University of Cambridge

Typical offers require

  • A-Level: A*A*A, with A* in Chemistry
  • IB: 42 points, with 776 at Higher Level including 7 in HL Chemistry
  • Advanced Highers: A1, A1, A2 with A1 in Chemistry

For other qualifications see the main entrance requirements pages on the University website. 

Subject Requirements

  • Required: Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Mathematics, and Physics
  • Highly recommended: Two of Biology, Mathematics, and Physics
  • We strongly recommend obtaining medical/healthcare experience as a paid or volunteer worker, and the shadowing of medical professionals, however we know in light of the current pandemic gaining relevant experience can be difficult, so you may find the following document of  use:

Affiliate students/Mature students and those taking other qualifications are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office (at to discuss the entry requirements for their qualifications.

Written work

No written work is required.


Students are required to complete the BMAT examination.

Applicants will sit the BMAT on Tuesday 18 October 2022.

Applicants who fail to register on time, or to sit the BMAT, will be rejected.

More information can be found here.


Interviews allow us to distinguish amongst excellent applicants by assessing the skills and aptitudes essential for successful study in higher education, and your academic qualities – essentially, how do you think?

For 2023 entry, interviews for all applicants, will take place virtually, except for UK-based applications to Trinity College. However, the aims and content will still be the same as in-person interviews.

Each candidate typically has two interviews, lasting between twenty and thirty minutes. In some cases, you will be given preparatory reading beforehand.

In a few subjects, you will be interviewed by more than one College or in the Faculty. You will be notified of this in your interview invitation.

Supracurricular exploration is an important way to expand your knowledge of your subject, explore your interests and develop your skills. Our new webpage contains guidance on supracurricular exploration and a comprehensive source of resources, grouped according to undergraduate degrees at Cambridge. 

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