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What is it Like to Study Medicine at University?

What is it Like to Study Medicine at University?

What is it Like to Study Medicine at University?

What it’s like to study the course that they’re now doing. What are the usual pitfalls and clichés that you’re going to come across? Well, we’ve compiled a list of FAQ’s that students often have, check them out!

What do I need to study medicine?

Well, first of a passion for the subject is absolutely key, you certainly do not want to be studying a subject that you don’t love – especially one like medicine, where the intensity of the course starts from the very beginning. There is not much else needed, as the requirements of what you need to vary depending on the university in question, so make sure you choose the right university, for you.

What grades do I need to study medicine?

With regards to the required A-Levels you need for the course, it can vary depending on the university that you happen to be studying at, however the main consensus among universities or medical schools is that you will need essentially all A’s or A*’s at A-Level if you want to be in with a chance of a place. Although, Medical schools have seen a drop in application rates recently, too! 

How much reading is involved?

According to students studying medicine, there isn’t a lot of reading that you need to do, but if we’re honest, we feel that you probably should be reading up if you want to do well in your degree. Deciding not to read because previous students have suggested that there isn’t a lot is not a good idea, especially when you consider the difficulty of the degree.

How difficult is it to study medicine?

Medicine ranks as a very prestigious degree. The degree is difficult no matter what aspect of medicine you happen to be studying. However, the degree itself has a far more rewarding outcome than a lot of other degrees as it is a vocational degree, rather than something like an English literature degree which can be interchangeable amongst various jobs.

How much coursework is there involved when studying medicine?

The amount of coursework is a little difficult to work out because the amount can vary depending on what area of medicine you are studying. Outside of that, the general view of the coursework that medicine offers is that it is tremendously difficult. The coursework deadlines are apparently not very flexible either; we recommend that once you’re set an assignment that you crack on with that as soon as you possibly can! The coursework will link into the reading element. While there may not be a lot of reading set, it would be a good idea to do it anyway to help you with coursework and the like.

How much does it cost to study medicine?

It’s almost impossible to get the exact costing of an undergraduate medicine degree as costings tend to vary depending on the university that you happen to be studying at, however, an estimated £8,500 – £36,000 (This is the really top-end price) tuition fee undergraduate degree is a fair estimate although it can be different from a bachelor’s degree. Prices can be either side of those prices depending on the university and the tier of the degree that you do, so make sure that you have your student finance sorted! 

What’s my job likelihood after studying medicine?

The likelihood of a job at the end of a degree is difficult for everyone, however with medicine degrees the jobs can be difficult to find. It all depends on what you’re goals are and what you want to do. If you want to become a general practitioner, then you will have to work your way up, and you will have to do a few things that you may be overqualified for, however, the rewards are far greater than you think, especially if you end up with the job that you want.  

What jobs can I get after studying medicine?

  • General practice doctor
  • Hospital doctor
  • Physician Associate
  • Healthcare scientist, genetics
  • Health service manager
  • Health promotion specialist
  • International aid/development worker
  • Research scientist (life sciences)
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Management consultant
  • Science writer
  • Solicitor


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