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Medicine at Cambridge

The preclinical course lasts three years. After two years, a student should have reached the qualifying standard for going on to Clinical School (the 2nd M.B. level), having covered a range of subjects that include Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Medical Genetics, Neurobiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Psychology, Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, Sociology and Statistics. This leaves the student free in the third year to pursue one of the following options, at their choosing:

  • a third year course from the Natural Sciences Tripos, such as Biochemistry or Pathology – these courses typically include a lab-based research project, which forms part of the final assessment. This is an exceptional opportunity to carry out a piece of original research, and students are often co-authors of published research papers as a result.
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS), whereby students major in one subject and minor in a second, both from the Natural Sciences Tripos; BBS students also carry out a library based research dissertation in their final year.
  • Certain 1-year courses from a different Tripos, such as Philosophy, or Social and Political Sciences

The clinical studies course lasts a further three years, and is based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospital's NHS Foundation Trust. As well as being a tertiary hospital with an international reputation for medical excellence, Addenbrooke's is the site of several major biomedical research institutions. You also spend time in other regional NHS hospitals throughout East Anglia and in general practices in Cambridge and the surrounding region.

Why choose Corpus for Medicine?

Corpus is centrally situated within three minutes walk of the Downing Site, where the majority of lectures and practicals are held. During the first two years, each student has three to four supervisions per week (usually in groups of two or three undergraduates); this teaching is often carried out by a Fellow of the College. Corpus has a large number of Fellows working in Medical and Biological disciplines, and so is well equipped for teaching in the necessary subjects. Corpus students staying in Cambridge for their three-year Clinical Course can remain members of the College and are based at our Leckhampton site; accommodation is guaranteed for the three-year Clinical Course. Leckhampton is situated just a 15-minute walk from the town centre and houses postgraduate Corpus students from all disciplines; sports facilities, frequent talks, meals and parties enable both academic and social exchange.

Corpus Medics form a lively group, who are usually to be found at the forefront of not only the academic, but also the sporting and social life of the College (for example in the JCR, Boat Club or the May Ball Committee). The Lewis Society of Medicine is an important feature of the College for medics. It organises a range of social and academic events such academic lectures, and an annual dinner. It runs a very successful placement scheme to allow undergraduates to get clinical experience in a range of settings during the summer vacation, and its alumni network is a valuable source of career guidance and support.

What do we look for?

The College admits six preclinical Medical students each year (regulated by Government quota). Full details on admission procedures and course structures in the University can be found on the central university admissions web pages. The minimal conditional offer for Medicine at Corpus is A*A* A grades at A level or equivalent, of which one must be Chemistry and another must be one of Biology, Mathematics, or Physics. Although application on the basis of two science subjects (which may include Maths) and one or more Arts subjects at A level is technically possible, the vast majority of successful applicants are taking three or more sciences.

All applicants for Medicine are required to sit the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT), after making their application and before interview. The test is used to assess scientific aptitude and focuses on scientific abilities relevant to the study of Medicine at Cambridge. Applicants are responsible for ensuring they enter for the BMAT by 30th September. You must include your BMAT entry number on the Supplementary Application Questionnaire and for overseas students on their Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA). Any queries about the BMAT and centre arrangements should be made to the BMAT helpdesk (telephone: 01223 553366).