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Choosing a UK Medical School

How to choose the right medical school as an Indian student

Deciding which UK medical school to apply to can be difficult for an international student. Course type, ranking, reputation, location, and cost must be considered.

Choosing a medical school: Course type

- Traditional

Traditional courses are taught through lectures, seminars, and tutorials for the first two years before students move into practical and clinical work for the following three years. For pre-clinical study, teaching covers areas such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology, and each block is taught as a separate course. The clinical stage will see students work at hospitals as student doctors.

- Integrated

An integrated medical degree typically refers to a course that combines undergraduate and graduate medical education into a single course. This means that students enter the course directly and complete both their undergraduate degree and medical training within the same program, typically over five to six years. The General Medical Council recommends this type of course.

- Problem Based

Problem-based learning courses are unique, and fewer UK medical schools offer them. Small groups of no more than ten students are presented with a problem and a virtual patient as the case study. A facilitator will then guide the group and have to present their hypothesis at a later date.

Choosing a medical school: Competitive entry

Medicine is one of the most competitive courses in the world for securing a place, and according to UCAS, there were over 25,000 applicants for 2023 entry, with only 7,600 places available. Looking into each programme and medical school is important when selecting the right place to study, and some schools are less competitive than others.

Faultless academic records are required, while the applications board highly regards experience. If your grades fall short of the medicine entry requirements, many medical schools provide foundation programmes if they believe you can succeed.

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