Important message for OVERSEAS applicants for Medicine (2018 entry)

Like all Cambridge Colleges, we have a government-imposed quota (of 1) for the number of Overseas Medics we can admit each year. Having made a deferred offer for 2018 to an outstanding Overseas applicant for Medicine in the 2016–17 admissions round, we may NOT be in a position to accept applications from Overseas candidates seeking direct entry for Medicine in the 2017–18 admissions round, i.e. those wishing to start their course in October 2018.

 

However,  until our admissions in Medicine are confirmed in late August 2017, this situation remains open to possible revision. Overseas Medicine applicants keen to apply to Churchill should CHECK OUR POSITION IN SEPTEMBER 2017.Please note that this guidance does NOT apply to applicants who qualify for Home or EU fee status, over whose admission we have a substantially free hand, and in respect of whom we will have at least 9 places available.

Please contact the Churchill Admissions Office if you require clarification.

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Medicine

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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 (of which a maximum of one may be an overseas applicant), which creates a strong sense of community. With clinical and non-clinical Directors of Studies — Dr Barry Kingston, Dr Jason Ali and Professor Krishna Chatterjee — the quality of supervision and care provided for medical students at Churchill is second to none. By fostering a collaborative and mutually supportive ethos, we would focus on your development as an individual.

Unsurprisingly, as a College with a mission in science, Churchill's Library is particularly good for medical students — extremely well-stocked with books as well as skeletons available for long-term loan. The College also has a Medical Society that arranges regular social functions and occasionally hosts visiting speakers to give after-dinner talks.


Admissions

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

Standard entry requirements

It is important to note that most applicants for Medicine at Churchill offer at least three science/mathematics A Levels. In the past three admissions rounds, 98% of Cambridge Medicine applicants have offered three or more science/mathematics A Levels, and, of these, 30% were successful in obtaining a place. Of the 2% of applicants who offered only two science/mathematics A Levels, just 6% were successful in gaining a place. 

 

Written assessments

Cambridge University uses a system of common format written 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 written assessments in this subject, click on:

Written assessments

Written work

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

Interviews

After submitting your UCAS form, your application will be initially screened then reviewed following the BMAT results. If called, you will normally have two interviews, each lasting about 25 minutes, with a clinical and non-clinical Fellow from the College. Typically you will be asked about your current studies, about what you read, about experimental and project work that you have done at school, and we may initiate a discussion on something that engages your interest. Finally, you will be given a chance to ask any questions that you may have concerning Cambridge, the course and the College, and to tell us of anything else you want us to know about yourself, or discuss with us.


Contact

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

Admissions Office

 

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Teaching Fellows in Medicine

Dr Barry Kingston

Director of Studies in Medical and Veterinary Sciences & Supervisor in Pathology

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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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Dr Liz Soilleux

Director of Studies for preclinical medicine

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