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Director of Studies    Dr Vian Azzu (Medical School)
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St Edmund's has several fellows and professorial fellows active in biomedical research, and is a congenial place to study medicine. The college currently admits 3-4 medical undergraduates each year. Both Affiliated and Mature students are admitted, the latter completing the third year of the Natural Science Tripos whereas affiliated students proceed to the clinical course after two years. From 2018/19, the College also offers places on the 4 year Graduate Course in Clinical Medicine.

The course in clinical medicine in Cambridge is demanding, so applicants must have evidence of previous academic achievement (i.e. a 2:1 degree). Applicants to St Edmund's with non-scientific backgrounds commonly complete relevant A levels prior to applying to the College. A-level Chemistry (or equivalent) is mandatory along with two further science A-levels. Further details can be found here.

All applicants also sit an examination for prospective medical students (BMAT), and the results of this are interpreted in the light of the candidate's application as a whole. All applicants should show, by their interests and the experience they have obtained, that they are aware of what is involved in a career in medicine and are fully committed to achieving this goal.

There is a Director of Studies for both pre-clinical and clinical studies; students are supervised by both clinical and non-clinical members of the university and Addenbrooke's hospital.


Clinical studies are based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. As well as being a tertiary hospital with an international reputation for medical excellence, Addenbrooke's is the site of several major biomedical research institutions. You also spend time in other regional NHS hospitals throughout East Anglia and in general practices in Cambridge and the surrounding region.

Throughout the clinical studies, you build on your biomedical science education; developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to practise clinical medicine. Following an introductory course, each of the three years has its own focus – core clinical practice (Year 4), specialist clinical practice (Year 5) and applied clinical practice (Year 6) – and is built around several major themes, including:

  • communication skills, patient investigation and practical procedures
  • therapeutics and patient management
  • core science, pathology and clinical problems
  • evaluation and research
  • professionalism and patient safety

During the clinical studies, you have weekly small-group ‘clinical supervisions’ with junior doctors to develop and monitor your clinical skills.

Read more about the clinical studies on the course website.

For further information about studying Medicine at the University of Cambridge please see the School of Clinical Medicine website.