Medicine offers the chance for scientists to use research findings to improve the lives of others.
Below you will find information about the specific degree courses offered by Cambridge and Oxford universities to study Medicine, how to prepare, and how Oxbridge Interviews can help you with your Medicine application.BOOK COURSE
Cambridge University's 6 year course is highly competitive with only 1 in 6 applicants successful. To be offered a place, you generally need to get A*A*A at A Level (or equivalent), and you must have studied Chemistry A-level along with one other A-level in Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
Oxford University's 6 year medicine course is highly competitive with only 9% of applicants successful. To be offered a place, you generally need to get A*AA at A Level (or equivalent), and you must have studied Chemistry A-level along with one other A-level in Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
To prepare for your Medicine application, you must demonstrate your motivation for the subject and specific interests. You can do this by reading beyond your school curriculum. Our interviewers recommend:
- The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
- The Man who mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
Practice interviews for Medicine applications are critical. You wouldn’t sit an exam without doing a mock, so don’t place yourself in an interview without having experienced a practice interview first.
Katy (Medicine, Oxford)
Katy studied Medicine at Worcester College, Oxford. Since graduating, she has worked as a doctor, specialising in stroke medicine. Alongside her work, Katy is also a tutor at Oxford university teaching clinical skills and simulation.
Katy, why did you choose Medicine?
"In 5 years of reading applications I've not read an original answer for this. It's a vocation some of us are drawn to for the above reasons despite the many challenges the profession is currently facing."
What’s your advice to students applying for Medicine?
"Make the most of all the potential additional resources available to you - GMC online, BBC news, ex students, BMA online (which are all free)."
Applicants to study Medicine at both Oxford and Cambridge are required to sit the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) before interviews.Learn more about the BMAT