Study Medicine at a collaborative and inclusive medical school embedded in the communities of Cumbria, training skilled clinicians who are innovative and research-informed.

Opening September 2025

Professor Mary Morrell, Head of School talking in a workshop sitting at a table
Professor Mary Morrell, Head of School

“We are so excited that we will welcome students to this bespoke, innovative and research-informed, graduate-entry medical school in 2025.” 

Professor Mary Morrell

Study at our Medical School embedded in the communities of Cumbria, with learning opportunities across the region. Our 4-year programme has no GCSE or A-level requirements to remove these barriers and widening access.

The bespoke course blends expertise from the highly rated MBBS programme at Imperial College London with University of Cumbria’s longstanding reputation in training allied healthcare professionals and is focused on local healthcare needs.

You will benefit from early exposure to clinical practice alongside campus-based medical sciences teaching, incorporating clinical skills training and multi professional learning.  You will also complete a community-based prevention and healthcare delivery project.

Our personalised professional development tutoring program will support your progress and career development, and you will be given access to resources to structure your learning and inspire innovation.

You will need to be a home student with at least an upper second-class science or allied healthcare degree to be considered, and successful students will graduate with an MBBS from Imperial College London.

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We are the University of Cumbria, for and from Cumbria and our localities, rooted in and serving our communities, with people, place and partnership at our heart.

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Imperial College London is a world-class university with a mission to benefit society through excellence in science, engineering, medicine and business.

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We are proudly supported by the Pears Foundation

Pears Foundation is an independent British family foundation. Led by the Pears family alongside a professional team, the Foundation invests around £20 million each year in a wide range of charitable organisations and causes, including a number of major healthcare projects.

Our Programme

A Unique School

Study a bespoke, community-focused curriculum at the University of Cumbria and graduate with an Imperial College London degree.

Hands on Experience

Gain early clinical experience to allow you to develop your clinical skills and professional practice.

4 Years

A 4-year Graduate entry degree, with entry requirements to reduce potential barriers.

  • Qualification: MBBS – Awarded by Imperial College London
  • Graduate-entry Course
  • Start date: August 2025
  • Delivered by: The Pears Cumbria School of Medicine
  • Study mode: Full-time
  • Fees: £9250 per year
  • Applications: Opening September 2024
  • Location: The Pears Cumbria School of Medicine, Fusehill Street, University of Cumbria, Carlisle with Clinical Placements across Cumbria
  • Minimum entry standard: A grade 2:1 (or above) in a Biosciences or Allied Healthcare degree.

Join Us in 2025

Application Timeline



  • November – GAMSAT Applications Open for March 2024 sitting



  • March – GAMSAT Test
  • May – GAMSAT results issued for March 2024 sitting
  • May – GAMSAT Applications Open for September 2024 sitting
  • September – Applications open on UCAS for 2025 intake
  • September – GAMSAT Test
  • October – Application close on UCAS for 2025 intake
  • November – GAMSAT results issued for September 2024 sitting
  • December – Interview invitations issued to applicants



  • January – Asynchronous Interviews
  • January/February – Multiple Mini Interviews
  • March – Offers Distributed
  • September – Course Begins

Graduate Medical School’s Admissions Test (GAMSAT)


All applicants applying to the Pears Cumbria School of Medicine are required to take the GAMSAT.

Applicants are required to register for GAMSAT and to follow all instructions from the test administrator.

The GAMSAT results will be made available to the admissions team prior to the applicant’s intended entry to the programme.

To apply in 2024 for the programme commencing in 2025 only results from March 2023, September 2023, March 2024 and September 2024 can be used.

Applicants who do not apply for the GAMSAT sitting by the required date will not be considered.

Sit the GAMSAT in March 2024 for applications opening for The Pears Cumbria School of Medicine in September 2024.

Our Team

Our team is continuing to grow as we work towards September 2025. Meet some of them here. 

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