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CGCM course requirements

Prospective students must meet the general academic and course-specific requirements.

General Academic

  • At least an upper-second class Honours degree in any discipline. We can no longer consider lower-second class degrees.
  • Applications from dentists holding a BDS are welcome.

Course-Specific Requirements

  • Minimum grade A pass in A level Chemistry (normally passed within seven years of entry).
  • One further A or AS level from Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Mathematics.
  • For  the IB, equivalent Higher Level subjects will satisfy A level subject requirements, and grade 5 or above at Standard Level will satisfy AS level subject requirements.


  • Applications can only be accepted from candidates who qualify for Home fee status.
  • If you are unsure of your eligibility please see the UKCISA website or contact the Admissions Office.

Entrance examinations

  • Applicants to this course are not required to sit an entrance exam (such as BMAT, UKCAT).

Healthcare experience

  • Successful candidates normally show evidence of healthcare or related experience.
  • Medical/healthcare experience as a paid or volunteer worker, and the shadowing of medical professionals, will help illustrate your motivation and commitment for a career in medicine.

Published disability guidance for applicants

  • A disability need not prevent you from becoming a doctor if you can fulfil the rigorous demands of professional fitness to practice. Students with a disability or special educational need are advised to contact the University’s Disability Resource Centre and the Clinical Dean as early as possible.

Sources of funding

  • All eligible students are strongly recommended to apply for a student loan. Even if you don’t take up the loan, the information will be linked to the NHS bursary for eligible students from year two.
  • Student Finance will not provide a grant, but graduate medical students are eligible for a maintenance loan. Please be advised that this course does not fall under the Equal Level Qualification (ELQ) ruling. The loan is repayable once income exceeds the minimum salary. For dependent students loans are based on parental/partner’s income.
  • Students who are eligible for NHS bursaries (see below) will be able to apply for these in years 2, 3 and 4 of the course. They are still eligible for a reduced student loan. The NHS bursary is means tested based on parental, spousal or student income, but unlike the loan, is not repaid by the student.
  • Currently NHS Bursary funding applies to students ordinarily resident in England or Wales. For Scotland, Northern Ireland or other EU countries, please check with your local funding body.
  • Some students may be eligible for funding from the Cambridge Bursary Scheme.
  • For further information please visit the Student Finance website, the Money4Meds website and the BMA’s Medical Students’ Committee webpages.