Biomed Sci at UCL or Pharmacy at Birmingham

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So I love science, have a slight preference to Chemistry over biology.
HOWEVER I have a preference to London over Birmingham.
Still yet I think London is expensive. Everything else there is fine but accommodation costs are crazy.

I’m not 100% sure what each course entails. They seem to be similar except pharmacy also has an emphasis on drugs. I’d enjoy making drugs but the smell of them makes me sick (okay that’s irrelevant).

Help! ASAP please I have to choose before I lose them both but don’t want to rush into a decision I’ll regret
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(Original post by InGodiTrust)
So I love science, have a slight preference to Chemistry over biology.
HOWEVER I have a preference to London over Birmingham.
Still yet I think London is expensive. Everything else there is fine but accommodation costs are crazy.

I’m not 100% sure what each course entails. They seem to be similar except pharmacy also has an emphasis on drugs. I’d enjoy making drugs but the smell of them makes me sick (okay that’s irrelevant).

Help! ASAP please I have to choose before I lose them both but don’t want to rush into a decision I’ll regret
Two very different courses leading to two very different careers. What do you want to do when you finish?
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Umm... I don’t know. Something in science? Possibly research? Medicine?
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Pharmacy is a degree for people wanting to become dispensing pharmacists. If you do not want to work in a pharmacy (either community or hospital, although as I understand the former is much more common) then do not do that degree, essentially. If you just wanted to generally learn about drugs and their design and mechanisms you ought to have applied to Pharmacology, which is another field (although at UCL in BMS, you can specialise in this area).

Given you are considering research, working in the scientific sector, or pursuing medicine, the simple answer is Biomedical Sciences. As above, Pharmacy is a professional degree preparing for a specific vocation (like Medicine, Law, Paramedic Science etc). If you want a "general" academic degree in the bio(medical) sciences, then obviously...that is the degree to take. You will learn about drug interactions to some extent in a BMS course anyway - and specifically at UCL, you can later specialise into Pharmacology (and Physiology, or in other courses and combinations) which will allow you the best of both worlds.
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Thank you very muchhhh this is the most insight I’ve gotten from it. Really appreciate
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