Number of students per year
Typical offer

A*A*A at A-level or 7 7 6 (42+ overall) in the IB or the equivalent. Applicants will also need to take the BMAT. 


Essential subjects

A-level/IB Higher Level or equivalent in Chemistry, and at least one of Mathematics, Biology and Physics.

Useful subjects

Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Most applicants are studying at least three science subjects at A-level/IB Higher Level or equivalent.

(Please note that IB applicants starting the new IB Mathematics syllabus are expected to take IB Higher Level 'Analysis and Approaches' if it's available at your school. If this isn't an option for you, please drop us an email at admissions@clare.cam.ac.uk and we'll be very happy to advise you.)

Medicine at Clare

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.

Our Clare 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.

Clare 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. 

Visit the University's subject page for more information.


Clare College

I work as a clinical doctor, treating patients with skin cancer and also as a scientist researching how normal cells change as they turn into cancer.

Our research has shown that cells with DNA alterations linked to cancer spread through normal tissues, so that by middle age most of our cells carry at least one cancer linked DNA change. This process works like Darwinian evolution, with environmental selection of specific alterations in cells that improve their competitive fitness.

We hope that by changing the environment we will be able to redirect evolution so pre-cancerous cells in normal tissues are selected out and the risks of cancer reduced.

Professor Philip Jones
Director of Studies in Pre-Clinical Medicine
Clare College

I am a psychiatrist interested in how the brain builds up an image of the world in which it must survive. Many of us think that we see the world as it is: we don’t. I like to use brain imaging to understand how the brain goes about its deceitful business. I also give drugs to people. These drugs alter their perceptions of the world and help me to understand how the early symptoms of mental illness might arise. I don’t require my students to act as volunteers for these studies.

Professor Paul Fletcher
Director of Studies in Pre-Clinical Medicine