Pursuing Medicine from the UK- How to go about it?
The importance of public health and the medical profession has been highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic, as primary healthcare workers came out as true warriors, fighting the deadly disease out at large. As many sought out to add to the existing medical workforce, university applications to Medical programmes saw a huge surge world over.
You too might be one of the people who is inspired by the work of medical professionals and would like to add to the noble cause of saving lives and making the world a better place by becoming a doctor or a medical professional. But where do you start, especially if you want to apply to some of the top Medical schools in the UK? We at Rostrum have got you covered.
Why study in the UK?
The UK is a top destination for higher education, especially for international students, owing to the high quality of education and research opportunities. Students in the UK develop critical thinking and the right knowledge, skills, and contacts to help them with their future careers.
Studying medicine in the UK takes things a step further, as it has much more benefits than other courses. Academic institutions and Universities in the UK have been the leaders in medical research, with The University of Oxford and The University of Cambridge consistently coming out as the best universities to pursue medicine. Apart from Oxbridge, universities like Imperial College London, Queen Mary University, University of Glasgow, University College London, among others, are some of the universities that are globally recognised as one of the best ones for medicine. Studying in the UK will open you up to experiences and opportunities that are unparalleled, as you’ll get to work with not only the best medical professional (often led by NHS education providers), but also highly increase your employability chances.
How to go about it?
The first step would be to have a look at the med-schools and the kind of courses that the schools offer. The most important thing while applying to the UK are the admissions tests, of which they are two- University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) and BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). Depending on the medical school you wish to apply to, you’ll have to take the tests. The Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, etc. require the BMAT, while the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, St. Andrew’s, Warwick, King College, etc. will require you to give the UCAT. The BMAT is deemed much more extensive, as it seeks to test the student’s scientific knowledge and also write an essay, apart from just aptitude testing. These factors can be decisive while deciding which exam to take.
For BMAT, UCAT, IELTS/TOEFL, or any other test preparation, we are here to help you! Please feel free to contact our Tutoring Team.
What about the rest of the process? Interviews?
The rest of the process, apart from the medical tests, essentially remains the same as any other UK application. Oxbridge would still require you to take the test and submit the application before 15 October. Your personal statement and school grades will also be important and can make or break your application.
As for interviews, most medical schools follow the ‘Multiple Mini-Interviews’ (MMI), which are multiple 10-minute interviews. Before each interview, you’re given a scenario and given time to prepare for each. These may then entail an interviewer asking you questions, or you might have to engage in a role-playing scenario.
For help with interview preparation and personal statement writing, contact our Admissions Support Experts.
How can Rostrum Education help?
We at Rostrum Education have been helping students with their med-school preparation to get into some of the top universities. Our network consists of specialised tutors and medical professionals from some of the best universities in the world, and our mentors have been helping students with Oxbridge prep and UK admissions for the past many years. Our process is highly personalised and bespoke and catered to your strengths and needs. We follow a highly specialised 8-step process that focuses on each aspect of your application- from the course and university choice decision making, test preparation, personal statement, and interview preparation, to finally accepting your admission offer.
Interested in pursuing medicine from the top universities in the UK? Find out more about our process.