School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge

The School of Clinical Medicine is the medical school of the University of Cambridge in England. According to the QS World University Rankings 2016, it ranks as the 3rd best medical school in the world.[1] The school is co-located with Addenbrooke’s Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

The Clinical School

Students from Cambridge University can enter the clinical school on completion of three years of pre-clinical training and a further interviewing process. Applicants from outside Cambridge University are also invited to apply providing they meet the entry requirements. Approximately half the medical students used to leave Cambridge after their pre-clinical studies as there were not enough places on the clinical course for them all; from 2017 onwards, all Cambridge medical students will continue to study in Cambridge for the full six years. Common destinations include the Oxford, London and Manchester medical schools.

Approximately half the clinical medical training in Cambridge takes place at the School of Clinical Medicine located on the Addenbrooke’s Hospital site. The Clinical School was established in 1976 when construction of the new Addenbrooke’s building was underway. The opening of the Clinical School meant the beginning of a completely new medical course at Cambridge University. 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.

As of 2008 the medical school accepts some 260 British medical students each year and an additional 20 candidates from overseas. The clinical school accepts some 145 students.

Entry requirements

Entry to the Clinical school requires a degree in pre-clinical medicine, obtained at either Cambridge, Oxford or St Andrews. Students from London and Manchester medical schools are admitted occasionally.[citation needed]


  • 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


  • MRC Cancer Unit
  • Institute of Metabolic Science (IMS-MRL)
  • Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR)
  • Institute of Public Health
  • 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.

See also

  • Cambridge Biomedical Campus
  • Addenbrooke’s Hospital


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