Basically all medical schools give you the same degree value wise. So you need to apply to the places you have the best chance of getting in to rather than the most 'prestigious' unis, because prestige will do nothing for you except give you bragging rights to your family. Also look at the course structure. You're talking a lot about Cambridge and BSMS but they couldn't be anymore different. Cambridge is very traditional, whereas BSMS is PBL. The BMAT and the UKCAT are very different exams. Realistically you will have to sit the UKCAT because it's used at most medical schools and is similar to an IQ test. The BMAT is used at Oxbridge, UCL and Imperial. However you don't sit your BMAT till after you've applied so most would not recommend applying to more than one BMAT uni. The UKCAT can be taken in October but I would certainly not recommend doing it then. Most applicants take it in August. I'm not taking the BMAT so I can't give you much advice on it sorry. But I can tell you that the test is in fact in November.
Just to add 60% of people do not get into any of their medical school choices so apply wisely. I'm not sure whether you'll count as an international student since your from the EU but if you do competition will be even worse. Don't just look at the unis you've heard of before look for the universities that are asking for the qualities that you possess.
Last edited by Hippokrates; 07-08-2012 at 12:51.
Agreed. Then again only a handful of courses come even close to resembling the Oxbridge course's any more. But more to the point, you can't call a course PBL based if they do not even use PBL as a main concept in their course.
(Original post by Hippokrates)
Maybe not so much as Manchester and Liverpool but it's certainly a very different course to Cambridge.
(Although Oxford will begin updating their course very soon, they recently visited a selection of UK medical schools and they observed some of our teaching sessions. I have no doubt that they will remain a mostly traditional course for several more years but I think they may start looking at more interactive and possibly integrated methods of curriculum delivery.)
Last edited by carcinoma; 07-08-2012 at 16:16.