Cambridge Medicine Programme

Overview of Medicine Programme

Medicine in the UK has a long and distinguished history.  The first hospitals were St Thomas’s and St Bartholomew’s founded in 1123.  These led on to many famous discoveries, not least that of blood circulation by William Harvey in the 16th century.  

A century later in 1766, Dr John Addenbrooke, a Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge,  founded the famous university teaching hospital which bears his name.  It is here that students on the inaugural Cambridge Medicine Programme will undertake all their practical hands-on investigations as an integral part of this  unique experience.

Singularly beautiful and historic, Cambridge is the perfect location for an inspirational summer programme. Churchill College, where the Programme is based, is one of the thirty-one Colleges which make up Cambridge University. Thirty of its members have won Nobel Prizes.  

The College has a focus on Science and Technology and its distinguished Fellows also include leading experts on current practice as well as exciting areas of advanced medical and pharmacological research.   For example, DNA was discovered, inter-alia, by Francis Crick, once a Fellow of Churchill College. This fundamental discovery plays a significant role in today’s medical research and development.

Medicine Programme Details

The Programme is intensive and gives students of the highest calibre an immensely  educational and enjoyable experience.  Each student will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the Programme.


20 sessions over a 13 day period.  Each session is 3 hours, including a refreshment break.

All students will be mentored by a Cambridge University Undergraduate or Graduate reading Medicine or Veterinary Medicine in the ratio of one mentor per average of six students.  A mentor’s role is to support the student’s learning and supervise activities and outings.  Each mentor also takes a personal interest in the welfare of their students and monitors their daily progress.


    Sessions Include

    • Operating Theatre Experience (Hands-on on-site session) Introduction to the Anaesthetic Room, Operating Theatre and Post-Operative Recovery Room
    • Basic Life Support (Hands-on, on-site session)
    • Anatomy Dissection Room (Hands-on on-site session) – Teaching using real preserved human anatomical dissection specimens
    • Experimental Biology Laboratory (Hands-on on-site session) Conduct real medical school physiology experiment        
    • Medical Interview Practice (Workshop)
    • Essay Writing Workshop  (Classroom) – How to write good biological and medical essays
    • Presentation Skills (Classroom) How to give effective biology and medical PowerPoint Presentations
    • Anatomy (Classroom)  Taster Anatomy teaching from medical school curriculum
    • Physiology (Classroom) Taster Physiology teaching from medical school curriculum
    • Medical Ethics (Workshop) Key ethical issues in Medicine
    • Cancer (Workshop) Causes, Pathology and Treatment
    • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine (Workshop) Teaching on stem cells and their applications
    • Biotechnology and Digital Health (Workshop)  Current and future trends in biotechnology and Information Technology in Medicine
    • Cardiovascular Disease (Classroom) Teaching on causes and treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular disease
    • Clinical Skills (Workshop) Basic clinical examination skills, including measuring blood pressure, heart and lung examination, including interaction with a real patient
    • Communication Skills (Workshop)  Teaching on how to communicate effectively with patients, including dealing with difficult circumstances and breaking bad news

    Programme Highlights & Visits


    • Directed by Scholars of Cambridge University     
    • Small classes – top professional teachers     
    • Cambridge Mentoring System     
    • Historic, academic learning environment     
    • Aims to inspire and motivate     
    • Cambridge Style Lectures and Supervisions     
    • Cambridge  Medicine Admission Advice     
    • Insight on what it is like to study Medicine at Cambridge     
    • Careers advice from practising Consultants


    • Sandringham, the Queen’s Summer Residence
    • Oxford
    • Cambridge University Museums      
    • Punting on the River Cam  


    * Student places strictly limited
    ** Course content and structure subject to confirmation and may be changed at short notice


    The 2018 Programme runs from Sunday 29th July - Saturday 11th August 2018 in Churchill College 


    GBP £4,888. This covers:

    • Tuition and Teaching Materials
    • Accommodation
    • All Meals, including lunches.
    • Cost of visits and travel to and from the airport

    It does not cover air-fares, travel insurance.


    • Admission to the Cambridge Medicine Programme is limited to students.
    • In some circumstances, we may ask for the applicant to provide a reference from the school and a copy of their latest school report.
    • Students from one of our participating schools should apply via their school. (Please follow the School’s own timetable for Applications).
    • For individual applications not linked with our participating schools, please download an Application Form below and return it to us by 1st March 2018.

    Download Application Form


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