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    I'm in my second week of university (we're only one week into our course) studying biomedical genetics. I hate it. At the uni I'm at now you don't specialise until second year, so I do the same as biomed biochem and pharmacology students the first year, when I only want to study genetics. I didn't do chemistry at Alevels so I'm finding the course really hard.

    The uni I want to switch to specialises in the first year, so I would just be learning about genetics and not biochemistry ect. This would suit me so much better and I think I would enjoy it more. I believe they're one week into their course.

    Is it possible to switch unis during the first couple of weeks? I'm wanting to switch so that I still go to uni this year, I don't want gap year. Do people do this? How would I go about it? Any advice would be appreciated.
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    It is possible. Have you tried looking at what uni/course you would transfer to? Once you have identified this, you need to get into contact to see whether they would let you transfer and if they have any space available on their course.
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    Are you sure you won't be covering biochemistry in the other degree? Biochem, molecular biology and genetics are all related to each other - they describe the relationship between genes, proteins and their functions. It's unlikely that you won't cover all these topics.

    I studied Pharmacology at university, and similarly, I wasn't able to specialise until 2nd year. I hated biochem and some of the other subjects, but you power through them. It's very important for you to have these foundations, as the rest of your degree builds upon them. I hoped I wouldn't be doing much genetics after the first year but found that I was thoroughly enjoying pharmacogenetics (study of genetic differences in drug metabolism pathways) by third year, a subject I wouldn't have understood if not for the foundations solidified in first/second year. I would stick it out for a little longer, you may end up liking it!
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    (Original post by uwotuwot)
    Are you sure you won't be covering biochemistry in the other degree? Biochem, molecular biology and genetics are all related to each other - they describe the relationship between genes, proteins and their functions. It's unlikely that you won't cover all these topics.

    I studied Pharmacology at university, and similarly, I wasn't able to specialise until 2nd year. I hated biochem and some of the other subjects, but you power through them. It's very important for you to have these foundations, as the rest of your degree builds upon them. I hoped I wouldn't be doing much genetics after the first year but found that I was thoroughly enjoying pharmacogenetics (study of genetic differences in drug metabolism pathways) by third year, a subject I wouldn't have understood if not for the foundations solidified in first/second year. I would stick it out for a little longer, you may end up liking it!
    You would still touch upon it but the other course is more specialised to genetics. Right now I'm basically doing 1/3rd genetics, 1/3rd biochem and 1/3rd biomed and I'm just not liking it. The other uni is also closer to home, which I'm not enjoying being away from.
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    (Original post by cheesecakelove)
    It is possible. Have you tried looking at what uni/course you would transfer to? Once you have identified this, you need to get into contact to see whether they would let you transfer and if they have any space available on their course.
    I rang and two unis have said they'll allow me to transfer providing I do it ASAP. But now I'm stuck with my accommodation contract.
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    genetics at uni is very chemistry based....
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    (Original post by Beforetheworst)
    I rang and two unis have said they'll allow me to transfer providing I do it ASAP. But now I'm stuck with my accommodation contract.
    Do what makes you happy then. Just understand that you will have to study some biochem. In regards to your contract, the university may be able to help and offer it to those waiting for accom or you can post it on TSR/some facebook group specific to your university. GL.
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    I just dropped out of Durham

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    (Original post by Mikasadoge)
    genetics at uni is very chemistry based....
    If you look at the modules for Newcastle uni compared to Leeds, Newcastle contains a lot more chemistry. I understand there's some chemistry but right now I'm not studying what I want, I'm studying biochemistry and biomedicine which I don't want to do.
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    (Original post by Beforetheworst)
    I rang and two unis have said they'll allow me to transfer providing I do it ASAP. But now I'm stuck with my accommodation contract.
    You can advertise your contract and get someone to replace you. You could post on student Facebook groups for your uni, or is there some kind of portal you could advertise on?
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    (Original post by Beforetheworst)
    If you look at the modules for Newcastle uni compared to Leeds, Newcastle contains a lot more chemistry. I understand there's some chemistry but right now I'm not studying what I want, I'm studying biochemistry and biomedicine which I don't want to do.
    You're at Newcastle? I literally just completed my pharmacology degree there, and honestly, after you've finished the biochemistry module you hardly touch chemistry again. Even though I completed pharmacology (which is supposed to be chem based) that is pretty much the only chemistry I did. I know it's boring completing modules from other people's courses but it goes really quickly.

    What accom are you at? If you're in Leazes you'll get your contract taken up quite easily
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    (Original post by cheesecakelove)
    You can advertise your contract and get someone to replace you. You could post on student Facebook groups for your uni, or is there some kind of portal you could advertise on?
    Yeah I'm trying to that! Thanks for the advice.
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    (Original post by uwotuwot)
    You're at Newcastle? I literally just completed my pharmacology degree there, and honestly, after you've finished the biochemistry module you hardly touch chemistry again. Even though I completed pharmacology (which is supposed to be chem based) that is pretty much the only chemistry I did. I know it's boring completing modules from other people's courses but it goes really quickly.

    What accom are you at? If you're in Leazes you'll get your contract taken up quite easily
    Hmm I know it makes sense to try it out and stick with it but then I loose the chance to transfer to another uni if I still hate it and will also waste a years payment. I've just got a gut instinct Newcastle isn't right for me.

    Liberty Central I booked privately, so I'm not sure anyone would be that interested.
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    (Original post by Beforetheworst)
    Hmm I know it makes sense to try it out and stick with it but then I loose the chance to transfer to another uni if I still hate it and will also waste a years payment. I've just got a gut instinct Newcastle isn't right for me.

    Liberty Central I booked privately, so I'm not sure anyone would be that interested.
    If you can get someone to swap and you really think it's best then go for it. If that doesn't work however, please don't fret, you will end up enjoying your course!

    Join this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2758...?ref=bookmarks
    You can post your accommodation there and ask if anyone wants it. It may also be a good idea to contact the uni and see what they can do, they may have someone in their overflow accommodation that wants to move.
 
 
 
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