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    I need help to figure out which choice is the best for me. My dream in general is to go for GEM(Graduate Entry Medicine). For this reason I wanted to do Biomedical Sciences degree. But due to costs I start to realise it won't be easy as loans for GEM are different that regular Student loans for fees and maintanance and I am dependent on them.

    I started to think to go for pharmacy and then to do Masters Pharmacology in order of getting better job, saving money and then doing GEM possibly(if life course doesn't change anything).

    What would you do if you were me? Do biomedical sciences and then try to apply for pharmacology or go straight for pharmacology.

    ~~Are there any good Master courses after doing Biomedical sciences??~~

    I don't want to get stuck with a degree and a salary of 40k£ per year as a pharmacist for the rest of my life and without chance of spreading my wings in terms of carreer and getting better salary(even if it sounds a bit greedy).

    Currently I am making 23k per year and if I decide to go further in my employment I can reach 40k£ band within 3 years. Just I figured out business is not my thing although I want to be able to buy house etc one day without spiralling into endless studying.

    Please, all advices, possible carreer choices are highly appreciated. I consider relocating to Australia or US in the future(temporary or permanently) so I am targeting salary around 65k£ in 10years time. I know... not easy target. Hopefully you can give me some tips.

    Many thanks
    Wow! From reading through this it sounds like you are very confused about what you want. The main focus seems to be on making money that really doing medicine or any of the other options you have suggested. If that is the case why not just stay where you are and work your way up to a better salary? Otherwise you will just end up studying with no means to an end. You can go down the biomed or pharmacy or pharmacology route and apply for GEM with or without a masters but also remember that GEM is just the very very start of a medical career.

    I studied pharmacology at university, graduated in 2017 and will be starting GEM in Sept of this year. If your goal is to study medicine after an undergraduate degree in a bioscience then honestly don't worry about student loans. If the system is unchanged from its current incarnation, if you secure a place on a 4 year GEM course it will be largely covered by Student Finance England and the NHS Bursary. By largely, I mean you will have to self-fund £3500 in year 1 and that's it. Additionally you will get a maintenance loan to help you with living costs.

    Unfortunately that route is 7rs at least and no way will you be earning 65k as a doctor within your 'target'. I will however say that salary is not that deep and you should focus on the bigger picture with what you want to do with your life.
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