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    Hi, What is the work load like studying medicine? Is it possible for someone to have a part-time job during the term? (16-23 hours a week)
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    (Original post by Abz231)
    Hi, What is the work load like studying medicine? Is it possible for someone to have a part-time job during the term? (16-23 hours a week)
    Having a part time job is more doable during the pre-clinical years, i.e. years 1 and 2, but even then you'll still be at uni 9-5 most days. But it might be doable on the weekends, depending on how organised you are.

    Once you start going out on placements all over the place after 3rd year, just treat the course like a full time (unpaid) job - it is not unusual to get home at 7PM or later most nights on some placements. That will leave you with very little time or energy for a job tbh.
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    It'd be very hard tbh. Things like short term christmas and summer jobs would probably work out better.

    Personally, I did a 2 week pre-christmas night job on two occasions (about £4,000 in total), and did a vaccine trial once (VERY lucrative - about £2,000 or very little time, and so much moral value).
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    16+ hours a week is a lot, even for preclinical. I know some people who worked during uni, mostly as club promoters or private tutors. I think it's more common to work over the summer while you're at home. Definitely a lot less stressful
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    I think 23 hours paid work in term time is totally unsustainable. You'd have absolutely no time for anything else and would struggle to keep up with the workload. It sounds like a recipe for disaster.
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    It's basically how much work I need to do in order to pay for the tuition fees as I don't plan on taking the loan. Is it like this for all degrees or just due to the workload of medicine?
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    (Original post by Abz231)
    It's basically how much work I need to do in order to pay for the tuition fees as I don't plan on taking the loan. Is it like this for all degrees or just due to the workload of medicine?
    The loan(s) exists precisely so you don't have do all this paid work! Is there a specific reason why you don't want to take one out?
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    (Original post by Reality Check)
    The loan(s) exists precisely so you don't have do all this paid work! Is there a specific reason why you don't want to take one out?

    Yeah religious beliefs regarding interest and stuff; plz don't try and convert me lol
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    (Original post by Abz231)
    Yeah religious beliefs regarding interest and stuff; plz don't try and convert me lol
    I wouldn't dream trying to convert you.

    Have you seen this:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education...-sharia-loans/

    Those forbidden to take out interest-bearing loans because of their faith have been catered for now. I believe this system would be in place for your application.

    Does this make a difference now?
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    Are you applying this year? You could take a part-time job now during a-levels to start saving up, at least to make a dent in it. There are also various loans that are compliant with various religious laws. I know people were talking about a sharia-compliant way of funding a degree a few weeks ago, try the search bar
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    Alternative might be to take a gap year and work full time to build up savings? As others have said, during preclinical years having a job is possible, although probably not the number of hours you suggest, that seems excessive.
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    (Original post by Abz231)
    It's basically how much work I need to do in order to pay for the tuition fees as I don't plan on taking the loan. Is it like this for all degrees or just due to the workload of medicine?
    A bit of both. Any intense degree is off the table for you really.

    Its of note that loads of people who consider themselves muslim do in fact take out the 'loan' (more of a finite tax tbh). But if you believe god is going to punish you for studying medicine then I am not going to be able to convince you otherwise.

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    Alternative might be to take a gap year and work full time to build up savings?
    Still not going to be anywhere near enough though. There aren't many £50K/year jobs going for 18 year olds atm :p:
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    (Original post by nexttime)

    Still not going to be anywhere near enough though. There aren't many £50K/year jobs going for 18 year olds atm :p:
    Hehe yes, perhaps 'alternative' wasn't the best wording I guess my logic was more along the lines of if OP feels they need to work 16-23 hours / week whilst at uni, then working 46-48 hours / week in a gap year = 2-3 years' worth of the anticipated required funding. So they could then work a more realistic number of hours whilst at uni.
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    (Original post by Reality Check)
    I wouldn't dream trying to convert you.

    Have you seen this:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education...-sharia-loans/

    Those forbidden to take out interest-bearing loans because of their faith have been catered for now. I believe this system would be in place for your application.

    Does this make a difference now?
    yeah came across that a while ago, hopefully it goes into action by the time I'm studying
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    (Original post by Ghotay)
    16+ hours a week is a lot, even for preclinical. I know some people who worked during uni, mostly as club promoters or private tutors. I think it's more common to work over the summer while you're at home. Definitely a lot less stressful
    I'm planning on staying home so that cuts out a few grand for maintenance cost doesn't it? And I'm pretty sure i'm able to get a few grand bursery, which leaves about £4-6K needed to be earned throughout the year? If I work full time in holidays then just maybe a small part time job during the term? I guess it seems doable but i dunno
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    (Original post by Abz231)
    I'm planning on staying home so that cuts out a few grand for maintenance cost doesn't it? And I'm pretty sure i'm able to get a few grand bursery, which leaves about £4-6K needed to be earned throughout the year? If I work full time in holidays then just maybe a small part time job during the term? I guess it seems doable but i dunno
    Bursary only kicks in in fifth year. And if nhs funding is stopping for all other healthcare degrees, I can't imagine it will continue for medicine for much longer.
    And if you're talking about university bursaries, these are often only for first years so it's not a long term fix.

    You have to be realistic about this. Which is your local medical school? Do you meet their requirements? Are you likely to get an interview? 60% of medicine applicants don't get any offers, so you need to apply strategically. You may not actually stand a good chance at your local medical school, but stand a better chance at others.
    You seem to only be thinking about tuition fees. Even if you somehow manage to get in to your local one, what about day to day expenses. Transport to placement. Smart work clothes. Eating out with friends. Socialising. These costs add up.

    Before starting down this path, be 100% sure you can self fund it. Medical schools don't hesitate to kick people out if they can no longer pay. You don't want to get half way through and have to give it all up because you didn't take a loan out.

    Have you thought about what kind of job you're going to get? It's going to need to be highly flexible, as medical schools are always sticking random events on to the timetable. The kind of jobs that will be this flexible, and do hire 18 year olds with little experience, really don't pay that well. It's not going to be as easy as you think to earn AND save the 9k each year, when you're only getting a small amount each month.

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