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Alternatives to Medicine & Surgery courses at university

A related degree may not be what you have in mind but it can open doors and potentially suit you better than a standard Medicine degree.

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Courses you can study as an alternative to Medicine & Surgery

  • Biomedical Science
  • Optometry, Ophthalmics & Orthoptics
  • Pharmacology & Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology

Other related degrees (may not be as useful when applying for graduate entry)

  • Audiology
  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics
  • Healthcare Science
  • Midwifery
  • Music Therapy
  • Nursing (four fields of nursing: adult, child, learning disability, mental health) and other specialisms that may need more training (for example: community, accident and emergency, neonatal, neurology)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oncology
  • Paramedic Science
  • Podiatry
  • Psychological Therapies
  • Radiotherapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Specific scientific areas may also be appropriate

More options

  • Medicine with a foundation year
  • Another profession/degree that could allow for the practical experience needed (for example: cardiographer, dental support worker, support worker)

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