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    (Original post by Dinosaurus_Rex)
    If you are given an offer from cambridge is means they know that you can cope. If you think you can deal with the workload and meet your offer for Cambridge, then you can go on and do well there!

    I did hear that people with 3 or 4 A* at A level are likely to get a 1st at Cambridge if they work hard.

    On the other hand, imperial is a great uni aswell. Middle of London, prestigious, great social life! And similar to Cambridge it is a leading uni for research and you get 2 degrees out of your 6 years!

    Wherever you go for medicine it will be hard, whether it be Cambridge, Imperial, Manchester, Leeds, or Aberdeen. Its up to you to decide on the course structure, social life, and whether you like to live in a small town or a big city.

    However since we're in the Imperial thread, I'd say go for imperial mate


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    Love this reply, totally agree!
    But yeah, come to imperial, it'll be more fun I'm sure
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    (Original post by shloke123)
    Mad how people are considering imperial and ucl over Cambridge, man I have an oxford offer and i wouldnt trade it for offers from every other medical school in the country haha. Guess its each to their owm
    Tell me about it! To get an offer and be told you're good enough, after probably the most competitive admissions process, it's hard to say no. Each to their own though, yeah.

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    (Original post by shloke123)
    Mad how people are considering imperial and ucl over Cambridge, man I have an oxford offer and i wouldnt trade it for offers from every other medical school in the country haha. Guess its each to their owm
    From what I've heard, talking to other doctors and research etc, Cambridge isn't that great for medicine. They're good if you want to go into research, but theres a reason why a lot of medical students left Cambridge after 2nd (or 3rd, dont remember) year to go to London medicine unis.
    In fact, supposedly so many were leaving to go to UCL/Imperial/Kings that Cambridge have now stopped allowing students to leave.

    Dont get me wrong, Cambridge is still a really good medical university, but its not for everyone. Oxford is a different story- kinda wish I'd applied there now aha

    (also Imperial are above Cambridge in the clinical and pre-clinical rankings in the Times)
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    (Original post by Master219)
    Oh ok, kl
    mines at 4:30, u cumin to the tour yh?
    Ikr! its gd that the offer chance after interview is pretty gd so hopefully!
    ill probs like see u without knowing its u lol

    Edit: Gd luck!!
    Yeah i'm going to the tour! (Dont really know why though ha I've already been to the open day and another tour when i was there for an interview for another course haha, hope we'll get to see sth different!
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    (Original post by jessica1728)
    Yeah i'm going to the tour! (Dont really know why though ha I've already been to the open day and another tour when i was there for an interview for another course haha, hope we'll get to see sth different!
    same, goin tour. r u gap yr applicant?
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    (Original post by Master219)
    same, goin tour. r u gap yr applicant?
    No i'm in year 13 i applied to two courses at imperial
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    (Original post by jessica1728)
    No i'm in year 13 i applied to two courses at imperial
    ahh seen, dont know of many other courses which want an interview b4 offer so thats y...
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    (Original post by Master219)
    ahh seen, dont know of many other courses which want an interview b4 offer so thats y...
    Oh i see most courses at imperial interview apart from the biological ones
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    (Original post by usycool1)
    I thought my interview went quite badly personally but still ended up with an offer. I think the majority of people after interviews contemplate what they could have done or what they could have said better so try not to worry about it (as hard as it is!).
    If you don't mind me asking, why did you think your interview went badly? It's just that I have my Imperial interview tomorrow and I'm absolutely terrified rn.
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    anyone who's been for an interview, do imperial like to ask science questions ? E.g about any diseases mentioned on the personal statement
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    (Original post by indahouse)
    Hi all,
    I've received an offer from both Cambridge and imperial (a*a*a and aaac) and having a tough time choosing one. On one hand i like the more diverse course at imperial, but on the other hand there is big pressure and prestige to go to cam. Any suggestions from other people in this situation?
    I did medicine at Oxford and a lot of my friends went to London, so I'm relatively well positioned to comment.

    The location is a huge factor - 6 years is a long time to be in one place, and the contrast between probably the most rural med school there is and London couldn't be bigger!

    Although Cambridge has a reputation for being expensive, you will save a LOT of £££ by going there compared to London.

    Cambridge - college system means socialising with lots of different people rather than what seems to happen at Imperial where medics form their own clique and don't talk to other people (? correct me if i'm wrong people). University (i.e. college) accommodation way more available in Cambridge. Way more participation in sports/societies in Cambridge (though if you're a high level athlete Imperial may have better facilities for you).

    At Imperial you get a free iPad mini when you start clinical school (:rolleyes:). Might stop by the time you arrive though, can't be certain.

    In the clinical years Imperial is way more logbook-governed and your attendance monitored a lot more closely (as one of the doctors on here put it who went to Cambridge and now works with Imperial students - "Imperial students have to get a sign off to wipe their own ass"), Very different compared to Cambridge where they trust you to be an adult and do what helps your learning with only some logbooks.

    Both main hospitals are huge tertiary centres so will have plenty of obscure cases. Imperial might get a few more though (though does this really matter to you? You don't need to know about obscure things as a med student). Imperial will also have a more diverse patient base than Cambridge - more TB, HIV, sickle cell etc.

    Traditionally London has had a very high student to patient ratio i.e. the place is crammed with students. However, Cambridge just literally doubled the size of its med school for the clinical years. I personally wonder about how they are going to fit everyone in. Open to dispute.

    Feel free to ask for any further clarification, though as I clearly went to neither of these unis I may not be able to say any more.

    (Original post by liass)
    theres a reason why a lot of medical students left Cambridge after 2nd 3rd... year to go to London medicine unis.
    Indeed - they were forced to! Cambridge only had space for a certain number. Some would choose to go, then the remainder had to apply back to Cambridge in a competitive process involving interviews etc

    Doesn't happen any more though as you say.
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    (Original post by MissMedical)
    If you don't mind me asking, why did you think your interview went badly? It's just that I have my Imperial interview tomorrow and I'm absolutely terrified rn.
    My panel was ever so slightly hostile and not as friendly as the others seem to think their panel was. They tore bits out of my PS and made a few sarcastic remarks. If in that position though, just relax, laugh it off with them and defend your points (unless you genuinelly made an error, in which case apologise and move on). To be fair to them, they did kind of hint that they'd be giving me an offer at the end though so they weren't *that* bad.

    Most panels are very friendly though from what I've heard so just relax.
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    (Original post by jessica1728)
    Oh i see most courses at imperial interview apart from the biological ones
    Got it, how was the interview anyways and which course was it, if u dont mind me askin?
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    Anybody have an interview today?


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    (Original post by usycool1)
    My panel was ever so slightly hostile and not as friendly as the others seem to think their panel was. They tore bits out of my PS and made a few sarcastic remarks. If in that position though, just relax, laugh it off with them and defend your points (unless you genuinelly made an error, in which case apologise and move on). To be fair to them, they did kind of hint that they'd be giving me an offer at the end though so they weren't *that* bad.

    Most panels are very friendly though from what I've heard so just relax.
    Thank you!! Congrats on achieving the offer, you must be so proud.
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    (Original post by MissMedical)
    Thank you!! Congrats on achieving the offer, you must be so proud.
    Thanks, good luck with your interview
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    (Original post by Master219)
    Got it, how was the interview anyways and which course was it, if u dont mind me askin?
    It's biomedical engineering id love to get into med school this year but as a plan B i thought it would be a great degree to do before applying to do graduate medicine the day was quite relaxed, we spent a 9-4 day there, had a sample lecture and did some activities, as in the actual interview i got asked some physics and maths questions which i did quite bad in haha and as a result got a higher offer :s
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    I did medicine at Oxford and a lot of my friends went to London, so I'm relatively well positioned to comment.

    The location is a huge factor - 6 years is a long time to be in one place, and the contrast between probably the most rural med school there is and London couldn't be bigger!

    Although Cambridge has a reputation for being expensive, you will save a LOT of £££ by going there compared to London.

    Cambridge - college system means socialising with lots of different people rather than what seems to happen at Imperial where medics form their own clique and don't talk to other people (? correct me if i'm wrong people). University (i.e. college) accommodation way more available in Cambridge. Way more participation in sports/societies in Cambridge (though if you're a high level athlete Imperial may have better facilities for you).

    At Imperial you get a free iPad mini when you start clinical school (:rolleyes:). Might stop by the time you arrive though, can't be certain.

    In the clinical years Imperial is way more logbook-governed and your attendance monitored a lot more closely (as one of the doctors on here put it who went to Cambridge and now works with Imperial students - "Imperial students have to get a sign off to wipe their own ass"), Very different compared to Cambridge where they trust you to be an adult and do what helps your learning with only some logbooks.

    Both main hospitals are huge tertiary centres so will have plenty of obscure cases. Imperial might get a few more though (though does this really matter to you? You don't need to know about obscure things as a med student). Imperial will also have a more diverse patient base than Cambridge - more TB, HIV, sickle cell etc.

    Traditionally London has had a very high student to patient ratio i.e. the place is crammed with students. However, Cambridge just literally doubled the size of its med school for the clinical years. I personally wonder about how they are going to fit everyone in. Open to dispute.

    Feel free to ask for any further clarification, though as I clearly went to neither of these unis I may not be able to say any more.



    Indeed - they were forced to! Cambridge only had space for a certain number. Some would choose to go, then the remainder had to apply back to Cambridge in a competitive process involving interviews etc

    Doesn't happen any more though as you say.
    Sounds like Imperial is not that great I am worried now...
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    (Original post by DCMed96)
    Sounds like Imperial is not that great I am worried now...
    imo, he's sound slightly biased towards cam cuz he goes to the same class of uni (i.e. oxbridge). Thats my opinion anyways, and every uni has downfalls, its not like cam is perfect either. u should b proud to get an imp offer, its still one of the best medical unis in the world (depending on which table u see) its above, equal to or one below cam. REJOICE!!!
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    (Original post by jessica1728)
    It's biomedical engineering id love to get into med school this year but as a plan B i thought it would be a great degree to do before applying to do graduate medicine the day was quite relaxed, we spent a 9-4 day there, had a sample lecture and did some activities, as in the actual interview i got asked some physics and maths questions which i did quite bad in haha and as a result got a higher offer :s
    i see i see, i didnt choose a fifth choice lol, just thought if im gettin inta medicine then ill go uni otherwise too much effort haha. at least u got an offer!!! congrats!! grad medicine is rlly competitive from what ive seen... depending on uni, i think its like 10 applications per place!
    im sure ull get an offer for med, had any other interviews for med yet?
 
 
 
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