Results are out! Find what you need...fast. Get quick advice or join the chat
Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free to post

Transferring University for clinical years?

Announcements Posted on
    • Thread Starter
    • 2 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    I know that students at St Andrews, Oxford and Cambridge can transfer to any uni for clinical years but is that exclusive to the 3 Unis or do any other med schools have partnerships with other med schools to allow transfers?

    I'm curious because I met a Kings medic once and she said she did her pre-clinicals in Birmingham and moved to kings after.
    • 16 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Notsocleverstudent)
    I know that students at St Andrews, Oxford and Cambridge can transfer to any uni for clinical years but is that exclusive to the 3 Unis or do any other med schools have partnerships with other med schools to allow transfers?

    I'm curious because I met a Kings medic once and she said she did her pre-clinicals in Birmingham and moved to kings after.
    Yes, you can do it in exceptional circumstances with extenuating circumstances usually.

    The St Andrews lot have a deal with Manchester; Oxbridge and London have a scheme as well.
    • Thread Starter
    • 2 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by digitalis)
    Yes, you can do it in exceptional circumstances with extenuating circumstances usually.

    The St Andrews lot have a deal with Manchester; Oxbridge and London have a scheme as well.
    Ah right, that's quite interesting. Thank you.

    What would be an example of an extenuating circumstance that would allow one to transfer?
    • 3 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    St Andrews students normally go to (in order of most places 1st) Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Dundee. A couple go to Cambridge each year. Rumour has it that a few used to go to London but I don't think that has happened in recent years AFAIK. Everybody leaves St Andrews for clinicals.

    If you wanted to go elsewhere for clinicals I think you'd need special circumstances as to why you have to live in a particular city e.g. long term medical treatment for chronic condition that can only be done in a certain city, children, a partner with a medical problem as above etc etc (these were some of the reasons listed as 'special circumstances' when we were being allocated for clinicals - according to the admin lady allocating people they are the same as those for when you apply for jobs as a Dr but no idea if this is true). Pretty sure financial reasons weren't accepted.

    Outwith St Andrews, even if you have special circumstances, it depends on whether the med school will accept transfers and whether the course is compatible.

    It is possible, but I would imagine quite rare.

    OP are you thinking of transferring?
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    St As ---> scotland, manc, camb
    Ox/Camb --> Ox/Camb, london, edinburgh
    london/others --> camb

    are the standard transfer routes AFAIK, some more common than others. I think all others would be more difficult to arrange and case-by-case basis with some being absolutely impossible due to course structures.
    • 7 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    King's College London have a quota of 2 students to transfer into their course. It's separate from Oxbridge so I don't know who it is aimed at?
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Notsocleverstudent)
    I know that students at St Andrews, Oxford and Cambridge can transfer to any uni for clinical years but is that exclusive to the 3 Unis or do any other med schools have partnerships with other med schools to allow transfers?

    I'm curious because I met a Kings medic once and she said she did her pre-clinicals in Birmingham and moved to kings after.
    As the others have said, St Andrew's, Ox and Camb have special arrangements.

    As for students at other medical schools, transfering for clinicals is more common than many people might think. Two of my friends transfered from Manc at the end of 2nd year - one went to sheffield and the other to cardiff. My friend who went to sheffield wanted to move in with her boyfriend and based her application on the fact that commuting was too expensive! My mate who went to cardiff had some family problems.
    • Thread Starter
    • 2 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by theatrical)
    As the others have said, St Andrew's, Ox and Camb have special arrangements.

    As for students at other medical schools, transfering for clinicals is more common than many people might think. Two of my friends transfered from Manc at the end of 2nd year - one went to sheffield and the other to cardiff. My friend who went to sheffield wanted to move in with her boyfriend and based her application on the fact that commuting was too expensive! My mate who went to cardiff had some family problems.
    That's wonderful to hear, thank you.

Reply

Submit reply

Register

Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. By joining you agree to our Ts and Cs, privacy policy and site rules

  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: February 24, 2012
New on TSR

The future of apprenticeships

Join the discussion in the apprenticeships hub!

Article updates
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.