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Your Guide To Studying Medicine

Are you considering a career in medicine? if you are, here is all the information you may need to study this tough but intriguing subject...

First: Choosing your DP subject choices:

This depends on the country and the university you’re applying to because they may have preferences for certain subjects...


To meet the minimum requirements you must:

  • Take Chemistry Higher Level.

  • Choose from HL Biology, HL Physics, and HL Maths.

There are six subject groups in the IB:

  • IB Groups 1-3: Includes essay subjects. Choose according to your interests.

  • IB Group 4: Includes the sciences. Remember that Chemistry is required.

  • IB Group 5: Includes mathematics. Higher level maths is recommended, but if that’s not possible you may take standard level. However, please take note that maths studies will not be sufficient.

  • IB Group 6: Includes the arts. It is recommended that you choose another subject from the sciences (Biology and Physics) instead for a more competitive application.

Grade Requirements:

For the relevant Higher Level subjects, the grade requirements are 7,7,6. The total grade should be at least 40, including points from Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay components.


  • In the last three years, 98% of applicants for Medicine at Cambridge University were taking Chemistry and two further subjects out of Biology (or Human Biology), Maths and Physics to A level, IB Higher Level, or equivalent.


  • Of the 98% of applicants to Cambridge University who offered three or more science/mathematics A levels (or equivalent), 30% were successful in obtaining a place.

  • Of the 2% of applicants who offered only two science/mathematics subjects to A Level (or equivalent), just 6% were successful in gaining a place.

Top 5 university choices:

5. UCL: University college london

IB requirements:

Overall Points: 39


Total of 19 points in Higher Level subjects, each with minimum score 6.

No score below 5.

Location: London

“Six former students and staff have been awarded Nobel Prizes. Medical advances have included the discovery of adrenaline, the immune system, the hormone aldosterone and auto-immune disease.”

4. University of edinburgh

IB requirements:

Overall Points: 37 including TOK and EE


6,6,7 in Higher Level Subjects including Chemistry and Biology (preferred)

If you are taking English at Standard Level then a minimum grade of 5 is required.

Location: Edinburgh

“We’re ranked in the UK top 10 for medicine by both the Complete University Guide 2018 and the Guardian University Guide 2018. You will complete an academic year of full-time, research-based study in Year 3, meaning you will graduate with two qualifications: a research-based BMedSci (Hons) and an MBChB. Clinical teaching is integrated throughout our curriculum and takes place in the city’s three teaching hospitals, in community family practices and in hospitals across south-east Scotland. Our teaching and research facilities include a state-of-the-art clinical skills and simulation suite.”

3. Imperial College london

ib requirements:

Overall Points: Typical offer is 38


6 in Biology HL

6 in Chemistry HL

Location: London - Most international university in England.

“Imperial College London is ranked fourth in the world's top 100 universities for clinical, pre-clinical and health, according to the Times Higher Education World University rankings (2014-15).”

2. university of oxford

ib requirements:

Overall Points: 39 including core points.


7,6,6 at Higher Level.

Location: Oxford

“Oxford Medical Sciences have been ranked number one for the last seven years in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences - the only non-North American institution to be top-ranked by THE in any subject discipline.”


1. university of cambridge

ib requirements:

Overall Points: 40-42


7,7,6 at Higher Level.

“The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest and most distinguished universities in the world. Teaching has taken place here since 1209 and today, over 11 per cent of our undergraduates (around 1,300 students) are from overseas (outside the EU), representing more than 65 countries. It's a great place to be a student and has a truly diverse community so wherever you're from, you'll quickly start to make friends and feel at home. With everything that's on offer, you'll soon wonder how you're going to fit it all in!” “No. 1 in the UK for employer reputation (QS World University Rankings 2018). 1,500+ internships and vacation placements available each year to provide valuable work experience.”


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