If you’re preparing for a Medicine interview at Cambridge University, check out this guide to the common interview questions you could face.

Cambridge University Medical Interviews

Medicine interviews for Cambridge University usually occur in the first three weeks of December. The exact dates vary slightly between the colleges.

To shortlist candidates for interview, the following factors are taken into consideration:

There is no minimum BMAT score required, since applications are considered holistically. The average scores also vary between the colleges.

For 2021 entry into the A100 course, there were 1754 applications and 288 offers were made.

Cambridge usually sends interview invitations in mid to late November.


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How Is Cambridge Interviewing For 2024 Entry Medicine?

Cambridge University uses the panel interview format for its Medicine interviews.

All applicants will attend at least two interviews, with each one lasting around 20 to 45 minutes. One of the interviews usually occurs at the college you’ve applied to.

As with the last two years, most interviews are anticipated to be held remotely this year.

International applicants should also be prepared to attend an interview.

Common Medicine Interview Question Topics At Cambridge Medical School

At Cambridge, the following topics are often covered in the Medicine interview questions:

  • Knowledge of the scientific basis of Medicine
  • Recent developments in Medicine
  • Honesty, care and competence
  • Respect
  • Communication
  • Physical, psychological and social aspects of healthcare
  • Ethical, legal and community issues in Medicine
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Continual learning and teaching

Sample questions might include:


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Tips For Answering Cambridge Interview Questions

Understand the basics

You should be prepared to answer questions on all of the topics you have covered at A-Level and that you have included on your SAQ. It’s also wise to spend some time recapping scientific concepts from GCSE, particularly if you dropped one of the sciences for A-Level.

Know the format of your interview

A peculiarity of the Cambridge interview format is that it varies between colleges. Make sure you research the format used by your particular college. This information is often readily available on the website or in the interview schedule they send you. Ensure you use this information to steer your preparation.

Some colleges have general interviews, whereas others will only have academic interviews. Some colleges may ask you to read some information beforehand and answer questions on it at interview.

Knowing and practising for the specific type of interview you’ll face will ensure you feel calmer and more confident on the day.

Always say something

Cambridge University interviews are designed to push you academically until you cannot go further, in order to see your capacity. It is designed to mimic a supervision-type discussion, which is Cambridge’s name for small group teaching sessions.

You aren’t supposed to get everything right straight away and you are expected to make educated guesses and go off track at some point.

The interviewer is there to guide you back to the right path, but they can only do this if you let them know what you are thinking. Even if it’s wrong or sounds silly, it will be a lot better than sitting in silence because you don’t know what say and are too scared to ask a question.

See this guide for more tips on how to answer interview questions at a Cambridge Medicine interview.

How Are Interviews At Cambridge Assessed?

The decision of an offer will be based on scientific and related competencies, personal qualities, and professional and career considerations.

Cambridge will send out all offers in January.


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