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School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge

Cambridge University Medical School
TypeMedical school
Established1540, re-established in 1976
Parent institution
University of Cambridge
DeanPaul Wilkinson
Students~280 per year (A100); ~30 per year (A101)
52°10′34″N 0°08′31″E / 52.176°N 0.142°E / 52.176; 0.142 (Cambridge University Medical School)

The School of Clinical Medicine is the medical school of the University of Cambridge in England. The medical school is considered as being one of the most prestigious in the world, ranking as 1st in The Complete University Guide,[1] followed by Oxford University Medical School, Harvard Medical School, and Stanford School of Medicine and 2nd in the world in the 2023 Times Higher Education Ranking.[2] The Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine (A101) is the most competitive course offered by the University and in the UK, and is among the most competitive medical programs for entry in the world.[3] The school is located alongside Addenbrooke's Hospital and other institutions in multiple buildings across the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.[4]

The Clinical School

The Clinical School offers the A100 six-year standard course (accepting approximately 280 students each year) or the A101 accelerated graduate course (accepting approximately 30 students each year). Admission is extremely competitive, with the offered courses having among the lowest acceptance rates in the university. Around 10% of applicants were accepted to the A100 standard course for 2022 entry, with 22 places for overseas fee-status applicants.[5] Around 3% of applicants were accepted to the A101 graduate course in 2023.[3]

On the standard A100 course, students typically enter the clinical school on completion of three years of pre-clinical training.[6] Approximately half of clinical training in Cambridge takes place at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, with the other half located in regional hospitals and general practices across the east of England.[6]

The accelerated A101 Graduate Entry Course leads to the award of MB BChir (Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Surgery) in 3-4 years, with approximately 30 students in each cohort. This course is designed for those who already hold bachelor's degrees in applied or theoretical sciences. This course has an intensive 2–year component with a mix of pre-clinical and clinical teaching, and then the cohort integrates with A100 students in their 5th year for the final two years of the course.


The Clinical School was established in 1976 while construction of the new building at its present site was underway.[7] The clinical course was restructured in 2005 with the addition of a new final year, as the clinical course had previously been less than three years in length.[citation needed] Before 2017, approximately half of medical students left Cambridge after the pre-clinical course as there were not enough places on the clinical course for them all; common destinations included medical schools based in Oxford, London and Manchester. From 2017, all medical students continue to study in Cambridge for the full six years provided they pass the pre-clinical component of the course.[8][9]

Students enter the clinical course at Cambridge following satisfactory progression during the pre-clinical component of the combined medical course[10] or as part of the graduate course.[3]


  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Clinical Neurosciences
    • Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair
    • Neurology Unit
    • Neurosurgery
    • Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre
  • Haematology
    • Transfusion Medicine
    • Diagnostics Development Unit
  • Medical Genetics
  • Medicine
    • Anaesthesia
    • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Oncology
  • Paediatrics
    • Brain Mapping Unit
    • Development Psychiatry
  • Public Health and Primary Care
    • The Primary Care Unit
    • Clinical Gerontology
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
    • Orthopaedic Research


Li Ka Shing Centre of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

Herchel Smith Laboratory for Medicinal Chemistry

The Herchel Smith Laboratory for Medicinal Chemistry is a laboratory under the aegis of the Regius Professor of Physic in the School of Clinical Medicine.

Notable people

The teaching of medicine at the University of Cambridge dates back to 1540 when Henry VIII endowed the University’s first Professorship of Physic, Dr John Blyth.[11] In 1842, George Paget, the famous physician, into his third year at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, pioneered bedside examinations.[12]

See also


  1. ^ "Medicine". Best Universities. 1 January 2023. Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  2. ^ "Medicine". Best Universities. 25 October 2022. Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  3. ^ a b c "Medicine (Graduate Course)". Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  4. ^ "Campus Occupiers". Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Medicine". Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  6. ^ a b "Prospective Medical Students at the University of Cambridge". School of Clinical Medicine. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  7. ^ "History of the School". School of Clinical Medicine. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Exciting changes to medical education in Cambridge". School of Clinical Medicine. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Clinical Course (MB BChir) at the University of School of Clinical Medicine". School of Clinical Medicine. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Clinical Course (MB BChir) at the University of School of Clinical Medicine". School of Clinical Medicine. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  11. ^ "History of the School". Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  12. ^ "History of the School". Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
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