Medicine

The study of Medicine enables you to combine scientific knowledge with that most crucial of human interactions – patient care – in a career which offers a wide range of opportunities and immense personal satisfaction.

Why study Medicine at Christ's?

Christ’s is one of Cambridge’s larger colleges for Medicine, with a very strong teaching record in the subject. Most of our Fellows and Bye-fellows in medical subjects are practising doctors, so can share a wide variety of expertise.

You’ll find Christ’s staff helpful and supportive and our community very welcoming. The lively Medical Society organises all kinds of events, including an annual dinner, garden party and plenty of cheese-and-wine nights where everyone mingles. The College is medium-sized, making it easy for you to get to know other students, staff and Fellows, but also find peace and quiet when you need it.

Course content

You study pre-clinical medicine in first and second year, then complete a BA by studying one subject in more detail in third year.

After that, you move on to the Cambridge clinical medicine course, a three-year training programme which leads to a Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (B. Chir). The emphasis is on learning in clinical settings (at the bedside, in outpatient clinics and GP surgeries) alongside seminars, tutorials and discussion groups.

Please visit the University website for full details of the Undergraduate Medicine course content and structure.

Teaching

You have medical lectures and practical classes just 10 mins walk away from Christ’s. The large modern medical library holds a vast collection of sources in hard copy and online, and you have the opportunity to study a range of human skeletons and anatomical models.

College level teaching provides ‘supervisions’ (small group teaching sessions). Our Fellows in Medical Sciences have links with the major teaching departments and the Clinical School, making it easy for us to access course information, find the best supervisors for any subjects and advise you on your options. The College also offers substantial travel awards, grants and prizes in Medicine (as in all subjects) to reward academic excellence.

Directors of Studies:

Other Fellows in Medicine:

Bye-Fellows in Medicine:

 

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What do our students think? 

Read about the experiences of IonaJulietBarnabyRory, Erin, Anna, GeorgeAnissa, Neophytos, and Kieran who are all studying Medicine at Christ’s.

If you would hear more from other Christ’s students, please watch the Christ's student Q&A film, and visit our Student Profiles page.

 

How to apply

Visit How to Apply for full details and a timeline of the application process. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and school types, all over the world. If you're applying from outside the UK, please read our international students section.

News

27 August update: Please read the Covid 19 BMAT updates on the BMAT website

University-wide statement: In order to minimise Covid-related risks to our applicants, students and staff in the coming undergraduate admissions round, we are making plans to interview applicants this year without requiring them to travel to Cambridge in December. We will release further details about alternative arrangements as soon as we can.

At Christ's we have a page for Coronavirus disruptions and applying this year - we recommend reading and then keeping an eye on it.

1 June: The September sitting of the BMAT will not go ahead this year (source). The 4 November sitting still planned to go ahead.


 

Subject requirements: what do you need?

For Medicine at Christ's, our minimum requirements at A-level, IB Higher (or equivalent) are:

  • Chemistry
  • Two further subjects out of
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Mathematics*

*International Baccalaureate applicants should take IB Higher Level 'Analysis and Approaches' for the Maths option. 

If you’re taking another qualification, please read about offer levels in other exam systems and international entrance requirements.

It is also very important to read the whole of the 'entry requirements' tab in the Medicine course information on the University Admissions website carefully before applying as there are a number of restrictions and details that you need to be aware of.

If you will have finished school when you apply, read about post-qualification applications
 

BMAT (Pre-interview Admissions Assessment)

Whichever College you apply to, you sit a pre-interview assessment called the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT). The assessment takes place in your school, college or local testing centre.

When applying, please be aware of the registration and assessment dates:

  • Medicine applicants applying in 2020 must be registered to take the BMAT by 17:00 UK time on 1 October 2020. Please read how to register on the BMAT website.

    Please note that open centres may set an earlier deadline for accepting entries, and it is your responsibility to check if this applies at your centre.
     
  • Medicine applicants applying in 2020 sit the BMAT on 4 November 2020.
     
  • **27 August update: Please read the Covid 19 BMAT updates on the BMAT website.**

Read about preparing for the BMAT and find details in the  Medicine course information under Entry Requirements

In some areas, you may be able to take the BMAT on an alternative date in September. If this is of interest, read the BMAT alternative date information. Please note, you can only sit the BMAT once. Update: The September sitting will not take place in 2020 (source)

Interviews

University-wide statement: In order to minimise Covid-related risks to our applicants, students and staff in the coming undergraduate admissions round, we are making plans to interview applicants this year without requiring them to travel to Cambridge in December. We will release further details about alternative arrangements as soon as we can. This does mean that there may be changes to the details of interviews below (which sets out what normally happens).

After the BMAT results are published, applicants invited for interview in Cambridge are usually interviewed in early December.

You normally have two academic interviews (of around 15-30 minutes) on the same day. These are with College Fellows and Bye-Fellows in Medical Sciences, including the Directors of Studies. We assess how you solve porblems and apply your skills and knowledge, rather than testing you on facts. We also look for evidence that you have the necessary skills to practice clinical medicine.

For an idea of what to expect, please read the information and watch the short films on Cambridge admissions interviews. We also hold interviews in various locations overseas for international students.
 

Offers

At Christ's we admit 14 students for Medicine each year, which gives us a total of 42 medical students across the three pre-clinical years.

You need to be academically ambitious: our typical Medicine offer for A-level candidates is A*A*A in Chemistry and two further subjects out of Biology, Mathematics and Physics, and for IB candidates 42 points overall, with 776 at Higher Level including Chemistry, and two further subjects out of Biology, Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches) and Physics. The majority of Christ’s students arrive with higher grades, however. If you are studying in another qualification system we would expect you to be working at or close to the top of the mark range. The international students section has information about typical offers for international qualifications.

If you will have already finished school when you apply, please see the page for post-qualification applications.

You also need to meet the University's pre-medical requirements, including a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check (or equivalent). You can find full details in Medicine course information under Entry Requirements.
 

Helpful Resources

Additional in Coronavirus times MEI (Maths Education) resources for students studying at home
Additional in Coronavirus times

NRICH Maths at home

Additional in Coronavirus times

New Scientist articles on Coronavirus
BBC News, Health section

Short online course

Anatomy: Know Your Abdomen (University of Leeds)

BMAT prepration resources
HE+ Medicine resources If you're applying to university, this site helps you explore Medicine / Science topics beyond the school curriculum
Preparartory reading and basic science concepts Key terms and concepts which all lecturers in the main first year medical courses will expect you to be at least familiar with
Experience for Medicine during the Covid 19 pandemic Guidance from the Medical Schools Council for prospective Medicine students. See also our information about work experience on the Christ's Coronavirus disruptions page.
Inside the Ethics committee Programmes on ethics arising from a real-life medical cases.
Suggestions from our students

Some of our students have mentioned books and resources that they found helpful in their student profiles. Obviously everyone is different but if you're not sure where to start these may give you some ideas. See, for example, Erin's advice, What Juliet found useful, Barnaby's approach, and books Rory enjoyed

Film about body donation

Body of work: the silent teacher helping students learn anatomy

Gresham College Medicine lectures Lectures available online
Surgical Grand Rounds Lectures Oxford presentations on clinical cases, followed by educational discussion.
A level support resources

These include Issac Physics; Issac Chemistry and the AMSP A level Maths resources

CamGuides Introducing the academic and information skills that you will need during your studies, as well as how and where you would be working

 

Come to an Open Day or Online Event

Online events: Our open days and events page advertises online opportunities as well as events you can attend in Cambridge.

If you'd like to find out more about Christ's, come along to a College Open Day, where you can talk to staff and current students about the course.

 

Need more information?

For more detail of what the course involves, please take a look at Undergraduate Medicine admissions on the University website and also read the Faculty of Biology information for prospective students.

And if you have any other questions, send them to us at admissions@christs.cam.ac.uk. We’re here to help.
 

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