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I received offers from both UCL and Kings for biomedical science. But I can not deceide which one is better. UCL's ranking is very high but it's biomedical science is not its strength and I know kings is famous for its biomedical science. Which one should I choose? Please give me some advice, thx
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Well if it's the case of general ranking and course ranking which is the only factor that is seperating them you might need to choose which is more important to you/employers. Try looking at other things as well like accomadation, social life and how you felt on open days.

Ps. I'm really proud of how unbiased I was considering I'm going to Kings!
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UCL- I did it and the lecturers were experts in their field.
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UCL- I did it and the lecturers were experts in their field.
Thx, how about the lab facilities?
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KCL isn't actually that great for Biomedical Science.
I'd go for UCL.
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I'd go for UCL, too.
I have a friend who started studying at KCL, and he didn't like it at all, so in the end he'd leave and continue at QMU, so this is probably a tad biased.
UCL sounds better.
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I'd go for UCL, too.
I have a friend who started studying at KCL, and he didn't like it at all, so in the end he'd leave and continue at QMU, so this is probably a tad biased.
UCL sounds better.
Don't get me wrong, KCL is a great university. But I don't think it's actually great for biomedical science. I applied there too back in 2007, but I'm now currently studying at Sheffield. After speaking to friends at KCL doing Biomedical Science, they have it easy compared to us! Lucky buggers.
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Don't get me wrong, KCL is a great university. But I don't think it's actually great for biomedical science. I applied there too back in 2007, but I'm now currently studying at Sheffield. After speaking to friends at KCL doing Biomedical Science, they have it easy compared to us! Lucky buggers.
I know it is great (even better if they have it easier).
My friend thinks KCL is a great uni, simply he didn't feel comfortable.
I don't know.

By the way, I have a question to make. I am a more Social Sciences and Technology person (even though I know that makes no sense), and so there's something I don't know.
What's biomedicine all about, what differences are there between normal Medicine and BioMedicine? I've been always curious, but none of my friends (even the ones who want to purchase a degree in biomed - here in Spain, though) have been able to answer.
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Both amazing places, obviously UCL is superior :P I don't think it really matters though, it's how you perform during your degree!
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I don't really know all that much about sciences at King's, but I think all students within the School of Biomedical and Health Sciences follow a common first year programme. I'm guessing this means that during your first year you'll get a much broader education before specialising in your final two years. I think this sounds like a really good system. If you change your mind about your degree choice then the common first year modules should make it very easy for you to switch to say molecular genetics or neuroscience if your interests change.

Choose King's. It's better than UCL in every way.
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Thx, how about the lab facilities?
Actually they are pretty good and you get to do quite a few fun experiments.

In my first year we did ECGs and we got to send electric shocks to our wrists.
In pharmacology we injected ourselves with different types of local anaestetics with or without adrenaline and pricked ourselves with a needle to measure pain.
Also we did a rat gut experiment with atropine and saw it contract and contraction inhibition.

Apart from these 'fun' experiments there are very good microscopes/confocal microscopes and other stuff.
If you want to pursue biomed in the future you won't be disappointed with the facilities and the lectures are interesting, current and taught very well.

I have no idea about Kings though so I am obviously biased.
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Ive got UCL as my firm and Kings as my insurance. So Ill be going to one of them lol. Kings is a much nicer offer though :/
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what did the guys/ girls who were accepted into Kings get for GCSE, predictions, etc. ?????

I got 2A*s 4As 3Bs 1C and am predicted A* A A in Maths, Chem and bio respectively, do I have a shot?
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I looked at Kings (decided not to apply in the end, not because of the course but because I liked 5 of my other unis in general better) and got an offer from UCL last year.

I fell in love with UCL on the open day: the labs were AMAZING, lecturers seemed really good, linked to world-leading hospital, good reputation, liked the uni and the location.

BUT when I got my offer I had to go back on a specific biomed open day. When I went I was so disappointed with the department. The entire course seemed very aimed at those who didn't get into medicine and were using biomed as a pathway to graduate entry as opposed to those who wanted to do biomed as a subject in it's own right (i.e. me).

I rejected the offer and ended up in Manchester.

Basically, it depends on what you want from your course and your motives for doing it I suppose.
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(Original post by Don Jesu)
what did the guys/ girls who were accepted into Kings get for GCSE, predictions, etc. ?????

I got 2A*s 4As 3Bs 1C and am predicted A* A A in Maths, Chem and bio respectively, do I have a shot?
4As 8.5Bs and 1C - Predicted B in maths and A in english literature.
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I am going to Kings now. See u there
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4As 8.5Bs and 1C - Predicted B in maths and A in english literature.
Do you know if they give you the chance to go to medicine after one year, even if u r exceptional.
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(Original post by Don Jesu)
Do you know if they give you the chance to go to medicine after one year, even if u r exceptional.
I have no idea about Kings, but at UCL they told everybody that was not an option. A catagorical NO. It may be the same for them, give them a ring.

Have a look at Newcastle's biomedical sciences programme, they allow a transfer to medicine after the first year for exceptional students. I don't know what stage you are with your application, so this may or may not be of any use to you.
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I have offers from both, KCL being the lower grade than UCL so im swaying towards KCL.
I don't know what I want to do in life, I just want to study the Bio-med course because it interests me. I want to have a good time too, so which one do I accept?
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(Original post by f.cowie)
I have offers from both, KCL being the lower grade than UCL so im swaying towards KCL.
I don't know what I want to do in life, I just want to study the Bio-med course because it interests me. I want to have a good time too, so which one do I accept?
Well UCL is considered the better university, more prestigious, better reputation etc. It's also in a great part of London within walking distance of basically anything you could want. Having said that Kings is also in a good part of london, and isn't too far away either. Kings, it seems, is a bit more flexible with its course, i.e. more specialised degree options as of the second year. UCL do this too however. So there's alot to think about. I personally would choose UCL over Kings (and I did so too).
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