The first two years of the course cover the basic areas of medical sciences.
In the first year students cover anatomy in Functional Architecture of the Body, physiology in Homeostasis, and biochemistry in Molecules in Medical Science. In addition, students learn about cultural aspects of healthcare in the Social Context of Health and Illness and cover epidemiology and basic statistics in Introduction to the Basis of Medicine.
In the second year students study pharmacology in Mechanisms of Drug Action, pathology in Biology of Disease, Human Reproduction, and Neurobiology and Human Behaviour (NHB). Towards the end of the year students have the opportunity to study aspects of these subjects in more detail in two ‘Option’ courses.
During the pre-clinical course students begin to acquire the skills of listening and talking with patients in the Preparing for Patients course, a patient contact strand that runs through the first three years of your course.
In the third year students choose a course to study in depth from a wide range of subjects. These include many of the subjects you studied in the first two years, and some that are completely different, including Anthropology, Management Studies and Philosophy.
There are opportunities for students to undertake research placements in the summer vacation should they wish, and the College has strong links with research programmes on the Addenbrooke’s Hospital campus and at Yale University. In recent years, two students have participated in the Cambridge-MIT exchange programme, spending their third year in Boston.