Guide to Studying Medicine
What is Medicine?
- Medical practice is generally defined as being the science and practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Today it is carried out by doctors, nurses, surgeons and physicians.
- Medicine is a broad term of a variety of practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness, including pharmaceuticals, psychotherapy, and surgery.
Why study Medicine?
- After graduation there is a broad range of opportunities for future jobs in all sorts of medical professions. You can mix and match them in your study to come up with a career pathway that's right for you.
- Medicine is a degree for extroverts. A lot of students name working with people as their primary reason to study medicine. Medicine gets you plenty of hospital work experience.
- Most doctors agree there is no greater joy than curing a patient, or for a medical researcher than when you discover a new medicine for a certain disease. Medicine makes you, as well as your patient, feel better.
- People might sneer at an English degree or be bored by Engineering, but everyone will be impressed if you tell them you want to be a doctor. The social cred is big here.
- If you want a degree - or a future job - where you never stop learning, where new discoveries are being constantly made, and where you can be at the forefront, then medicine is for you.
Coursework, assessment and exams
- Courses are assessed via a wide range of means across the many years of study. Formative assessments - such as online tests and anatomy practicals - are accompanied by written assignments like reflective essays, verbal presentations, as well as a practical portfolio, and simulation exercises where emergencies are played out.
What degree can I get?
- BSc Microbiology with Immunology
- MSc Dermatology
- MSc Surgical Practice
- BSc Cancer Studies
What qualifications do I need?
- Grade requirements depend on the university, with top grades generally being required. An A level in Biology is usually essential.
- Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university and course you are interested in.
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What are the postgraduate opportunities
- There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
- Examples include Advanced Audiology, Clinical Practice and Cardiac Care, Neonatal Nursing, Orthopaedics, Applied Epidemiology, Aquatic Pathobiology, Blood Science, and Cancer Studies.
*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.
What are the job opportunities?
- Medicine degrees teach students transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as healthcare information, and all the tools needed to work in a difficult and highly pressured environment.
- Particular job areas, aside from GP or hospital doctor, include genetic scientist, health service management, international aid, scientific research, teaching and lecturing, consultancy, journalism and solicitor.
- Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, such as the NHS.