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I'm considering applying for Cambridge Medical school but I have some questions for the intercalation year. Is it absolutely compulsory to do it and if so are you only restricted to medicine/stem subjects or could you go rouge and do something like art, history or law?
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Original post by AdamIqbal
I'm considering applying for Cambridge Medical school but I have some questions for the intercalation year. Is it absolutely compulsory to do it and if so are you only restricted to medicine/stem subjects or could you go rouge and do something like art, history or law?


My understanding is that it's mandatory for all students who don't already hold a degree.

In principle from what @Peterhouse Admissions has stated before I believe it can be any 1 year Part II subject, in practice whether your college permits a given combination may vary. Typically I gather people do a (biological) natsci Part II subjects though (noting also the the history and philosophy of science, psychology or biological anthropology Part II options available to NatSci students).

However on TSR I've heard anecdotal evidence that people have done Part II History of Art, Philosophy, HSPS etc though. Apparently at one point someone did a 2 year Part II in Law, although I think that would be unusual. Bear in mind though you'd need to satisfy the college DoS's you have the relevant background for the subject you're doing the Part II in - so something like astrophysics or maths might be a hard sell, although for humanities and social sciences subjects it might be easier to make a case based on transferable skills and relevant engagement with the material?

Note also Cambridge don't offer art (for now at least :tongue:).
Hi there! (Thanks for the tag @artful_lounger).

Studying one year of another degree is indeed compulsory for undergraduate medicine students. Artful Lounger is indeed correct that although Natural Sciences courses are the most common choices, it is sometimes possible to do other things. I don't know how dependent this is on the College you're at. At Peterhouse, I know we have students who have studied other things in their third year, but I wouldn't want to commit to that being true everywhere. You might want to email any colleges you're considering to ask if they have a particular view. All Directors of Studies will want you to pick something you're going to do well in, but some might be cautious as to what that might be.

Hope this helps!

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