Clare College Cambridge


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Why choose medicine at Cambridge?

The Cambridge course differs sharply from that of most other medical schools. The aim is not only to train students in medicine to the highest standards, but also to have the skills needed to improve patient treatment through research. The first two years of the course provide a comprehensive training in the sciences that underpin clinical medicine. In the third year students can choose to study one of a wide range of subjects in depth. This gives everyone the opportunity to develop skills in evaluating evidence and rigorously testing hypotheses essential for discovering how to improve patient care. The final three years of the course are spent at Addenbrooke's Hospital, a leading teaching hospital at the forefront of medical care internationally.

Further information about the medical course at Cambridge can be found in the Undergraduate Prospectus and School of Clinical Medicine webpages.

Why choose to study medicine at Clare?

Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds.  Clare medics are friendly and supportive, and there is a lively student run Medical Society that brings together medics from all 6 years of the course. The college has excellent facilities to support medics in their studies and  a huge range of clubs and societies.

In the first two years all students get weekly tutorials in each subject.  These last an hour and are an opportunity for groups of 3-4 students to discuss their questions with expert supervisors, most of whom are clinicians who can bring the course alive by showing how it connects with treating patients. 

Admissions: Interviews

The College admits around 12 students each year. Most candidates are interviewed in December, when they have two interview sessions, lasting approx 20 minutes each.

As well as inviting you to discuss some science related questions, we will also explore why you have chosen to apply for Medicine. We would expect you have done things to help you find out about the subject, for example, a placement with a GP or in a hospital, voluntary work in a care home or spending time with disabled or disadvantaged people. There is no set formula, but, as medicine is about caring, it is really important for you to discover whether you find interacting with vulnerable people rewarding and reflect on the challenges of a medical career.

Biomedical Admissions Test

All candidates are required to sit the 2-hour Biomedical Admissions Test (the BMAT) before coming to interview. For pre-A-level candidates this is normally taken within your school/college, and individual arrangements are made for post A-level candidates. We will decide which candidates to invite to interview once we have the results of the BMAT.

Admission Requirements

Most applicants for Medicine at Clare have at least three science/mathematics A Levels. One of your A2 or AS-levels must be Chemistry. You must also satisfy the University entry requirements.

NB: The University requires all medical students who have been made an offer to provide proof that they have completed satisfactorily a full course of immunisation against the Hepatitis B virus or, in the case of those who fail to respond to the vaccine, that they are not infectious carriers of the virus.

All offers of a place on this course (for UK students) will be subject to a satisfactory disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. You will be sent the relevant forms to complete if you are offered a place.

Fellows in Medical Science

See Student Profiles: Tristan Withers Snigdha Reddy


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