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Medicine at Cambridge

Success in Medicine requires application and hard work, both while you are learning and when you enter practice. However, it brings great rewards in terms of job satisfaction and the variety of career opportunities within the profession. Learning about and practising Medicine is also very enjoyable, involving as it does a combination of applied science and human interactions. The environment in which different types of Medicine are practised is rich and varied, and obviously continually changing. Doctors continue to learn throughout their working lives.

Reading Medicine at Cambridge comprises two phases: a three year pre-clinical phase, after which you would continue your clinical studies at the Cambridge Clinical School, based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. The first three years of the degree include lectures, practical classes and examinations in a wide range of subjects including anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, neurobiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, psychology and reproductive biology. The clinical course builds on this foundation by developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes you require to practise clinical Medicine: following an Introduction to Clinical Methods, the curriculum consists of three stages and is built around a number of major themes. Full details are provided on the School of Clinical Medicine website, and summarised in the University Undergraduate Prospectus.

Medicine at Churchill

Churchill College takes between 10 and 12 medics each year (including a maximum of one overseas student). We are in the unusually fortunate position that almost all our supervisors for all 6 years of the course (including the Directors of Studies (Dr Liz Soilleux (preclinical), Dr Jason Ali and Professor Krishna Chatterjee (clinical)) combine clinical practice with research.

Unsurprisingly, the quality of supervision and care provided for medical students at Churchill is second to none and our students can see the clinical relevance of the cutting-edge scientific knowledge they acquire from the beginning of the course. The College’s blend of teaching expertise also provides students with role models and the motivation to embark on combined research and clinical careers, putting them in an ideal position to become leaders in the medical and veterinary professions. By fostering a collaborative and mutually supportive ethos, we are able to focus on every student’s development as an individual as well as creating a strong sense of community.


Subject pre-requisites

Essential Highly desirable / useful
A Levels / IB Higher Levels as stated in the University prospectus A Levels / IB Higher Levels as stated in the University prospectus

It is important to note that most applicants for Medicine at Churchill offer at least three science / mathematics A Levels / IB Higher Levels. In the past three admissions rounds, 96% of Cambridge Medicine applicants have offered three or more science / mathematics A Levels, and, of these, 29% were successful in obtaining a place. Of the 3% of applicants who offered only two science / mathematics A Levels, just 3% were successful in gaining a place. 

Please note that IB applicants sitting the new (from 2019) syllabus who want to include Mathematics in their Higher Level profile, should take the Analysis and Approaches Maths course.

For details about potential A Level and IB offer conditions in your target degree, see our Typical Offers webpage and select your course from the University's Course Listing homepage then check out the "Subject Requirements and Typical Offers" link in the Entry Requirements tab.

For other qualifications, see our Typical Offers page.

Admissions assessment

Cambridge University uses a system of common format admissions assessments, specifically tailored to each subject. These give us valuable additional evidence of your academic ability, knowledge base, and potential to succeed at Cambridge. For more information about the admissions assessment in this subject, click on:

Admissions assessment

At Churchill, we have no preference about whether you attend the first or second BMAT sitting in your year of application. However, please be aware that you can only sit BMAT once per application. 

Written work

You will not be required to submit any examples of written work.


After submitting your UCAS form, your application will be initially screened then reviewed after we receive your BMAT results. If you're called to interview, you will normally have two interviews, each lasting about 25 minutes, with a clinical and non-clinical Fellow of the College. Typically you will be asked about your current studies, about what you read, and about any experimental and project work that you have done at school or college. We may also initiate a discussion on something that engages your interest. Finally, you will be given a chance to ask any questions you may have.



For more information and for all admissions enquiries, please contact the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office

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Teaching Fellows in Medicine

Dr Liz Soilleux

Preclinical medicine Director of Studies

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Jason Ali

Clinical Director of Studies in Medical and Veterinary Sciences & Supervisor in Pharmacology

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Dr Sue Ozanne

Supervisor in Molecules in Medical Science (Biochemistry)

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Dr Angela Tasker

Supervisor in Functional Architecture of the Body (Anatomy)

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Dr Carmel McEniery

Supervisor in Homeostasis (Physiology)

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Professor Krishna Chatterjee

Director of Studies in Medical and Veterinary Sciences

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