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    So I’ve been told that if I don’t get into medicine I can apply to medical pharmacology then once graduated, apply to medicine and start in fourth/ third year. How different is medical pharmacology to medicine in the first three years of uni and is it more difficult to get into medicine if you’re a post grad? Also what other professions can you get from a pharmacology degree that involve interaction with patients ?
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    So I’ve been told that if I don’t get into medicine I can apply to medical pharmacology then once graduated, apply to medicine and start in fourth/ third year.
    This is definitely NOT a thing. You can't skip any part of medical school.

    You can apply for graduate entry medicine which is an accelerated four year medical degree, but you will still study the same content as the five year degrees, just with longer terms and shorter holidays.

    How different is medical pharmacology to medicine in the first three years of uni and is it more difficult to get into medicine if you’re a post grad?
    Pre-clinical medicine i.e. years 1 and 2 of a medical degree is unique - there is no other course which teaches you medical science in such a clinically oriented way (dentistry and veterinary surgery are similar). Pre-clinical medicine is there to teach you the basic science you need to be a doctor - a medical pharmacology degree does not do this.

    Even a biomedical science degree (despite how some unis choose to market it) is very different to the pre-clinical phase of a medical degree. Life sciences degrees generally go into a lot more detail in terms of biochemistry and molecular biology than medical degrees do and there's a lot more time spent in the lab. On the other hand, pre-clinical medicine covers a lot more breadth than a biomed degree, and crucially, teaches you science in a clinically relevant way, as well as other subjects such as medical psychology, sociology, communication skills etc.

    Graduate entry medicine is more competitive yes but still doable. You would need to start organising your application from very early on in your BSc.

    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...dicine-a-guide
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    Okay thank u so much! After pre Med is it possible to go study medicine ?
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    Sorry I read that last part wrong , okay so it’s possible, just more competitive! Do you know what jobs you can get from a pre Med degree ?
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    Sorry I read that last part wrong , okay so it’s possible, just more competitive! Do you know what jobs you can get from a pre Med degree ?
    It depends There's no such thing as a "pre-med degree" really - even in the USA (where the phrase origiantes - very much not a thing here!), it just refers to degrees which are deliberately structured to contain certain undergraduate modules which will meet medical school requirements.

    Pedantry aside, if you do a BSc in a life sciences subject and graduate with a high honours classification (typically a 1st or 2:1) you can apply for various company grad schemes, jobs in industry, teaching, higher degrees and so on. Within science itself, you can't really do a huge amount academically speaking with just a BSc - if you want to be involved in research and academia you would need to get a PhD, complete post-doctoral work, fellowships etc and go from there.
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    As a note...

    Some universities let their top first year life sciences students into medicine the year after - i.e. you start from year 1. Exeter does this, I think Leicester might too.

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    Awesome thank you so much for ur help!
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    Oh okay i see, that makes sense thank you so much!
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