Clare College Cambridge

Applying for Medicine


Watch a mock interview for Medicine here


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.