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    When applying to study Medicine I know you can only apply for 4 universities for medicine, so I'm going to apply for Biochemistry for my 5th choice. I don't think I would take the biochem offer if that's all I got, but I wouldn't want to cut off any options.
    I went to the St Andrews open day and the admissions person said that if the personal statement is clearly for medicine, but you're applying for another subject, you're automatically rejected as there are other students applying whose first choice is the biochem course instead of only applying there as a safety offer. Is this the case for most unis?
    I don't want to apply to a uni for my safety offer and be immediately rejected no matter what, so I was wondering if anyone knew which unis have this way of doing things?

    I don't know how common that policy is, but I know that Durham let you submit a different personal statement to them, so they wouldn't know you'd applied for medicine elsewhere.

    Call admissions for courses you are interested in, explain that you would also apply to medicine so your personal statement would reflect that and would they require a separate personal statement and if they would consider you?

    Some unis even offer biomed to medicine applicants that don't get chosen. Leicester offered me biomed last year and I hadn't actually asked to be considered for that.
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