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Medicine

Number of students per year: 10 - 12 


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. 

Key People

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Mr Simon Buczacki

Director of Studies (Pre-clinical, Part IA)

Mr Buczacki is an academic surgical oncologist working with Cancer Research UK, the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Colorectal Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, UK.

He has been an active medical teacher for over two decades, currently as a Fellow and Director of Studies for Medicine at Clare College, Cambridge. He co-leads the Aerodigestive Programme and sits on the executive committee for the Cambridge Cancer Centre.


Dr Buczacki's clinical practice is focused on the surgical managment of colorectal cancer and he has a sub-specialty practice in advanced abdominal surgery for small bowel neuroendocrine tumours.

Cambridge medicine application tips!

Three Clare medicine students, Lauren, Misa, and James, give their experiences of and tips for interviews, BMAT, personal statements and work experience.