Lucy Cavendish aims to admit two to three undergraduates in Medicine each year, at least one of whom is generally an affiliated student. We also have around twenty-five students on the Graduate 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.
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.
Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.
Applicants must have A Levels in Chemistry, and one of Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Mathematics. However, most successful applicants have at least three science/mathematics A Levels at grade A or A*. Affiliated applicants also need a good BA Honours Degree, in a related subject.
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.
Applicants to Cambridge for A100 Medicine must sit the BMAT prior to interview. Your application will be ineligible if you do not do so. Cambridge will accept the BMAT for A100 Medicine taken either in September or November. Some universities will only accept the BMAT taken in November. Please ensure you check the information on the BMAT website before registering.
Anastasia is originally from Latvia and completed a BSc in Life Sciences at Queen's University, Ontario prior her arrival at Lucy Cavendish as an affiliated student. When you have such an extensive network of people looking after you (Tutors, Supervisors, Director of Studies) it is almost impossible to fall into trouble. I have been overwhelmed by the quality of teaching, unlimited resources, and fantastic extra curricular opportunities in the field of medicine. My Director of Studies introduced me to great doctors affiliated with the College who then took me into operating theatres and provided extra teaching in my pre-clinical studies. I witnessed a kidney transplant three years before my classmates. If you are someone who is passionate about your subject and are willing to ask questions and explore outside the classroom, Cambridge is the place to be.
Petra worked on a medical drama series at the BBC before taking A-levels and coming to Lucy Cavendish, where she was the first MIT exchange student. She is now a Surgical Registrar. My intention was always to be a transplant surgeon. Many older medics are put off surgical training because of its length and intensity. I have always felt very strongly that being a little older should not be an impediment in choosing a speciality - the sacrifices we make as mature trainees are often great and to compromise on career choice because of age seems a shame. I have always loved Medicine, from the first day at Lucy Cavendish, to the present chaos of managing a house move and a heavy on-call rota. Lucy was the perfect environment for me to grow and develop my interests and aspirations and I will always be grateful for its nurture through the early years.