Medicine | Undergraduate Study

Typical offers require

A Level: A*A*A
IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level

You may enter up to four medical courses in your UCAS application. Your remaining choice can be used for an alternative course without prejudice to your commitment to medicine.

Course requirements

Details of subject requirements and typical offers by College will be available in spring 2020. All undergraduate admissions decisions are the responsibility of the Cambridge Colleges. Please contact the relevant College admissions office if you have any queries about College-specific requirements.

See also Entrance requirements and PDF icon The Subject Matters for additional advice about general requirements for entry, qualifications and offers, and PDF icon Key Criteria for Medical Admissions.

Please note that in the following, ‘science/mathematics subjects’ refers to Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. It does not include Psychology.

A Levels

  • A Levels in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics.
  • Most applicants have at least three science/mathematics A Levels and some Colleges require this and/or particular subjects. See College websites for details.

Please note that in the past three admissions rounds, 95% of applicants for Medicine (A100) offered three or more science/mathematics A Levels and, of these, 25% were successful in obtaining a place. Of the 4% of applicants who offered only two science/mathematics A Levels, just 5% were successful in gaining a place.

International Baccalaureate

A Level subject requirements also apply to the IB. Higher Level subjects satisfy A Level subject requirements. 

Please note, IB applicants starting the new IB Mathematics syllabus are expected to take IB Higher Level ‘Analysis and Approaches’ for any course where Mathematics is a requirement. If this option is not available at your school, please contact the College that you wish to apply to directly for further advice and guidance.

Other examination systems

We expect applicants taking other recognised examinations to demonstrate a level of understanding in science and mathematics roughly equivalent to those applying with A Levels. Refer to the Entrance requirements page for details of other qualifications and please consult any College Admissions Tutor for further advice.

Please note that only 21 places are available each year for overseas fee status students. 

Graduate entry

Graduates may apply for the Standard Course (A100) as an affiliate student to one of Lucy Cavendish, St Edmund’s or Wolfson Colleges with:

  • a good Honours degree (2.1 or above) in any discipline
  • passes at A Level (or equivalent), as above

UK and EU graduates from any academic discipline with a good Honours degree (2.1 or above) and A Level Chemistry (normally passed within seven years of entry) may apply to the accelerated Graduate Course in Medicine (A101) at Lucy Cavendish, Hughes Hall, St Edmund’s or Wolfson Colleges.

Overall, graduate medical students with an undergraduate degree in an arts or humanities subject perform equally well on the course as those with biomedical sciences degrees.

Work experience

To develop understanding of what a career in Medicine involves and your suitability for your intended profession, you’re strongly advised (though not required) to undertake some relevant work experience

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