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I'm a Canadian applying to Biomed at Roehampton and I wanted to know what you guys think of the program & uni! Info on the schedule (I think you guys call it a timetable haha) would be nice too. I've heard mixed reviews so I'd really appreciate any information you can give me.

I've also applied to Liverpool, Kent, Lancaster and Queen's Belfast. I know some of those are higher than Roehampton on the league tables but their locations aren't as appealing and they're expensive af for international students lol.

Thanks in advance xxx
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It isn't a very good university and (in my opinion), it is not worth paying international fees for. There won't be any specific information on next year's timetable available, but you can see a list of modules available here: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/undergra...ces/index.html

If you want to live in or near London but decide against Roehampton then you could decline all your offers and enter Clearing.
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It isn't a very good university and (in my opinion), it is not worth paying international fees for. There won't be any specific information on next year's timetable available, but you can see a list of modules available here: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/undergra...ces/index.html

If you want to live in or near London but decide against Roehampton then you could decline all your offers and enter Clearing.
I understand some people don't like it. The thing is though, it's actually much cheaper than the other universities! Influences my choice a bit. What do you not like about it?

I'm not 100% sure if I'll want to find a job at home once I get my degree but the idea is to get into med school in Canada - it'd cost me around £35000 a year in the UK so that's out of the question haha - they don't necessarily look at the university you went to and its reputation, do they?

Thank you for your help sorry for bombarding you with questions!
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I understand some people don't like it. The thing is though, it's actually much cheaper than the other universities! Influences my choice a bit. What do you not like about it?

I'm not 100% sure if I'll want to find a job at home once I get my degree but the idea is to get into med school in Canada - it'd cost me around £35000 a year in the UK so that's out of the question haha - they don't necessarily look at the university you went to and its reputation, do they?

Thank you for your help sorry for bombarding you with questions!
I just don't think it’s worth the money. Is it really much cheaper than other UK universities? Birkbeck College (part of the University of London) has a Biomedicine degree that is only £500 a year more expensive than Roehampton, but you get better teachers, access to much better facilities and an internationally respected degree. There are also places in Europe you could study for free, or for a very small fee.

I don't know anything about studying medicine in Canada, perhaps Okorange could offer some insight?
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I just don't think it’s worth the money. Is it really much cheaper than other UK universities? Birkbeck College (part of the University of London) has a Biomedicine degree that is only £500 a year more expensive than Roehampton, but you get better teachers, access to much better facilities and an internationally respected degree. There are also places in Europe you could study for free, or for a very small fee.

I don't know anything about studying medicine in Canada, perhaps Okorange could offer some insight?
Yeah, it's cheaper. Doesn't Birckbeck offer night courses only?

It really sucks that Roehampton is ranked so low/rated so poorly. Could've saved me a lot of debt lol

I'll have to think about it more. If you have anything else to say about it or any tips in general I'd really appreciate it what do you think of the other schools?
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I just don't think it’s worth the money. Is it really much cheaper than other UK universities? Birkbeck College (part of the University of London) has a Biomedicine degree that is only £500 a year more expensive than Roehampton, but you get better teachers, access to much better facilities and an internationally respected degree. There are also places in Europe you could study for free, or for a very small fee.

I don't know anything about studying medicine in Canada, perhaps Okorange could offer some insight?
Yeah, it's cheaper. Doesn't Birckbeck offer night courses only?

It really sucks that Roehampton is ranked so low/rated so poorly. Could've saved me a lot of debt lol

I'll have to think about it more. If you have anything else to say about it or any tips in general I'd really appreciate it what do you think of the other universities?
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Yeah, it's cheaper. Doesn't Birckbeck offer night courses only?

It really sucks that Roehampton is ranked so low/rated so poorly. Could've saved me a lot of debt lol

I'll have to think about it more. If you have anything else to say about it or any tips in general I'd really appreciate it what do you think of the other schools?
Birkbeck is a bit different in that lectures/seminars are in the evening rather than the day - but you can still study full-time, and that leaves you the possibility of getting an internship or a job in the day. The rest of your options are all fairly good. Would you not consider going to Europe then?
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Birkbeck is a bit different in that lectures/seminars are in the evening rather than the day - but you can still study full-time, and that leaves you the possibility of getting an internship or a job in the day. The rest of your options are all fairly good. Would you not consider going to Europe then?
I'll look into it. I've already applied to the universities though. You've made me realize that Roehampton probably isn't the best choice I'll choose one of the others.

Studying somewhere else in Europe would've been nice too but I've been set on going to the UK for a few years. It's probably too late to apply now anyway, no? Either way I just want to get out of Quebec lol.

I'll take your advice and go to another uni. I think med schools look at where you go for your undergrad so this is pretty important. Thank you
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I understand some people don't like it. The thing is though, it's actually much cheaper than the other universities! Influences my choice a bit. What do you not like about it?

I'm not 100% sure if I'll want to find a job at home once I get my degree but the idea is to get into med school in Canada - it'd cost me around £35000 a year in the UK so that's out of the question haha - they don't necessarily look at the university you went to and its reputation, do they?

Thank you for your help sorry for bombarding you with questions!
In Canada, medical schools don't look at your schools' reputation only your GPA, MCAT, ECs, other tests like CASPer and MMI/Interview.

The one major disadvantage of studying in the UK is you might not be able to fulfill the pre-requisites at a lot of universities in Canada. Other than that, it is feasible, I myself was able to make this move, with that being said you are not eligible to apply to as many schools because you will likely lack pre-requisties.

Schools like Western require a 4 year undergraduate degree for example and schools like UofT and Ottawa have pre-requisites. It does limit you in terms of how many schools you can apply to and as you might know when it comes to medical school you really want to apply as broadly as you can.
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In Canada, medical schools don't look at your schools' reputation only your GPA, MCAT, ECs, other tests like CASPer and MMI/Interview.

The one major disadvantage of studying in the UK is you might not be able to fulfill the pre-requisites at a lot of universities in Canada. Other than that, it is feasible, I myself was able to make this move, with that being said you are not eligible to apply to as many schools because you will likely lack pre-requisties.

Schools like Western require a 4 year undergraduate degree for example and schools like UofT and Ottawa have pre-requisites. It does limit you in terms of how many schools you can apply to and as you might know when it comes to medical school you really want to apply as broadly as you can.
I'll have to look into that then! I live in Quebec so I would like to go to McGill but I'll apply to as many places as possible.

Are you currently in med school? Where did you go for your undergrad? I really appreciate your advice, thank you
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I'll have to look into that then! I live in Quebec so I would like to go to McGill but I'll apply to as many places as possible.

Are you currently in med school? Where did you go for your undergrad? I really appreciate your advice, thank you
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I am currently studying BSc Biomedical Sciences at Roehampton, and approaching the end of my first year.

I would definitely recommend Roehampton to prospective students. Although Roehampton has been educating people for nearly 200 years, it has officially been a university for just over a decade. This is why some people have not heard of the university and assume that it is "bad". Roehampton is ranked the best modern university in London according to all three major UK league tables - the Complete University Guide 2016, the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 and the Guardian University Guide 2016. In just one year (2015-2016) Roehampton overtook 27 universities according to the Complete University Guide 2016. The university is often compared with the nearby Kingston University. In the Complete University Guide 2016 Roehampton was ranked 38 places above Kingston!

So far, the experience has been great! The majority of my peers feel the same way. I have noticed that the people who dislike the course tend to put little or no effort into it, and then begin to complain after receiving poor results (they expect to be spoon-fed). My friends doing the same course at St. George's University London and the University of Kent, are having to put a lot more work in than I am, so I am very grateful. From speaking with 2nd and 3rd year students, I have learnt that the course improves each year, because the lecturers take into account feedback from students and their results.

The university is currently spending several millions of pounds on improving the facilities and services available to students. This includes 30 million pounds for a brand new library and student accommodation, which are currently under construction. In the short space of time that I have been here, I have already seen many positive changes take place. The lecturers are most definitely experts in their specific fields and as with all universities, some lectures teach better than others. It is very easy to make appointments with lecturers and academic learning advisors, who are very supportive.

Although the university is near some council estates, the grounds of the university itself are very nice (some of the best in London). There are several beautiful buildings like Parkstead House at Whitelands College, which looks over Richmond Park. Froebel college has its own lake with koi and swans and pretty water fountains. The laboratories are modern and are well-equipped.

The Biomedical Sciences course at Roehampton is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), so you do not have to worry about whether you are being taught the appropriate content for this course.

I have 5 x 2 hour lectures per week as well as a weekly laboratory session. There are also additional labs such as physiology labs, which take place less often. Some lectures are boring and many involve the lecturer reading directly from presentation slides. At the end of the day, they write the exams and so are including relevant information. From using the lecture content alone, I have been able to get a 1st (above 70%) in every assessment so far.

These are the modules which are studied in the first year of Biomedical Sciences:

Biometrics: Physiology, Statistics and Maths - (covers physiology, statistics and mathematics).

Biomolecular Science: Practical Methods - (covers laboratory techniques and procedures).

Cell Biology

Chemistry of Life

Human Disease

Human Nutrition

I have tried to provide an honest review and would strongly recommend that you attend an open day. Good luck wherever you choose to go.
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