Is there any exchange programme for Medical Science Programme?

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Hi, I’m a new medical science student in Edinburgh. I have been wondering whether I can get a chance to exchange in the third year of my study, so I went to search on our university website. There is only exchange programme for Biological science (and I’m not sure whether it includes the medical science as we’re in School of Biomedical science), it will be nice if someone can give me some information about it. Also, I have heard about a programme called articulation year, run by the University of Edinburgh and Hong Kong University. It is a programme for biomedical science student in HKU to study veterinary medicine in Edinburgh. Is there any similar programme for medical science student?
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(Original post by Tkopko)
Hi, I’m a new medical science student in Edinburgh. I have been wondering whether I can get a chance to exchange in the third year of my study, so I went to search on our university website. There is only exchange programme for Biological science (and I’m not sure whether it includes the medical science as we’re in School of Biomedical science), it will be nice if someone can give me some information about it. Also, I have heard about a programme called articulation year, run by the University of Edinburgh and Hong Kong University. It is a programme for biomedical science student in HKU to study veterinary medicine in Edinburgh. Is there any similar programme for medical science student?
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I've not heard of any.

Better if you contacted Edinburgh Global or your Personal Tutor/Your school's international exchange coordinator.
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Thank you for your reply. I will go and ask them!
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hi, I'm applying for medical science at Edinburgh this year and was wondering how you're finding it? It''s so hard to find people doing medical science! especially at Edinburgh uni, I heard it's such a small course
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Hi,Yes, it is a very small group, I think there are only around 30 first-year students this year.I can only tell you what I have experience, so it might be a bit biased.For the first semester, the main course is called Medical Science 1. You can find more information about the course here (http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/18-19/dpt/utmesci.htm). The main course has 3 main themes: ataxia, general anaesthesia and infectious disease. To me, most parts of the course is a combination of biochemistry (especially general anaesthesia) and general biology. The curriculum had some major modification in 2018 so there may be difficulties when trying to find past-papers to get ready for the exam, also the course book may reveal less information if you compared with other matured course (e.g. Biological Chemistry 1A, which you can find in the DPT website above). Things will be more organised as you enter semester 2 and take Medical Biology 1. I hope this helps. I'm happy to help if you have further inquiries
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Hi,Yes, it is a very small group, I think there are only around 30 first-year students this year.I can only tell you what I have experience, so it might be a bit biased.For the first semester, the main course is called Medical Science 1. You can find more information about the course here (http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/18-19/dpt/utmesci.htm). The main course has 3 main themes: ataxia, general anaesthesia and infectious disease. To me, most parts of the course is a combination of biochemistry (especially general anaesthesia) and general biology. The curriculum had some major modification in 2018 so there may be difficulties when trying to find past-papers to get ready for the exam, also the course book may reveal less information if you compared with other matured course (e.g. Biological Chemistry 1A, which you can find in the DPT website above). Things will be more organised as you enter semester 2 and take Medical Biology 1. I hope this helps. I'm happy to help if you have further inquiries
Hi, I'm applying for medical sciences also. Would you say the small first year group is due to not many people applying for the course or that it's a very small course with limited spaces that's hard to get into?
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Hi,Yes, it is a very small group, I think there are only around 30 first-year students this year.I can only tell you what I have experience, so it might be a bit biased.For the first semester, the main course is called Medical Science 1. You can find more information about the course here (http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/18-19/dpt/utmesci.htm). The main course has 3 main themes: ataxia, general anaesthesia and infectious disease. To me, most parts of the course is a combination of biochemistry (especially general anaesthesia) and general biology. The curriculum had some major modification in 2018 so there may be difficulties when trying to find past-papers to get ready for the exam, also the course book may reveal less information if you compared with other matured course (e.g. Biological Chemistry 1A, which you can find in the DPT website above). Things will be more organised as you enter semester 2 and take Medical Biology 1. I hope this helps. I'm happy to help if you have further inquiries
Thank you so much. As you said it's a small course, do you share lecturers etc with people from other courses? Or do you tend to remain within your course group for your modules? Another question, how did you find exams and assignments etc? I've been continually told that feedback and support from lecturers is non existent, do you find this is the same for you?
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Hi, I'm applying for medical sciences also. Would you say the small first year group is due to not many people applying for the course or that it's a very small course with limited spaces that's hard to get into?
Hi there, sorry for the late reply. I would not say the entry requirement was high, but I do see some of my classmates are really talented. I suspect that the university has made the group small so that they can accommodate all the students in the deanery of biomedical science. We share many courses in the first and second year with biomedical science students.
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Thank you so much. As you said it's a small course, do you share lecturers etc with people from other courses? Or do you tend to remain within your course group for your modules? Another question, how did you find exams and assignments etc? I've been continually told that feedback and support from lecturers is non existent, do you find this is the same for you?
Hi, again, sorry for the late reply.
1. Yes, we do share a lot of courses with other students. There are lots of courses we share with biomedical science students and students from the school of biological science. For example, Biological Science 1A/1B, Molecule Genes and Cells. These are compulsory courses for most biological science students.
2. The lecturers did try to help. For the courses that have run for a longer time, the lecturers can provide helpful materials for revision. However, for Medical Science 1, due to the modification of the course, the past papers were not very useful. Revision for this course more or less relies on your memorisation of the PowerPoint files.
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Hi, again, sorry for the late reply.
1. Yes, we do share a lot of courses with other students. There are lots of courses we share with biomedical science students and students from the school of biological science. For example, Biological Science 1A/1B, Molecule Genes and Cells. These are compulsory courses for most biological science students.
2. The lecturers did try to help. For the courses that have run for a longer time, the lecturers can provide helpful materials for revision. However, for Medical Science 1, due to the modification of the course, the past papers were not very useful. Revision for this course more or less relies on your memorisation of the PowerPoint files.
Thanks for letting me know! is it alright if can ask what kind of things the medical science module covers? I know what to expect for biomedical science but no clue how different medical science is to it if that makes sense?
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Thanks for letting me know! is it alright if can ask what kind of things the medical science module covers? I know what to expect for biomedical science but no clue how different medical science is to it if that makes sense?
Hi. I do not think there is any big difference. In terms of courses, we share almost identical courses for the first 2 years of study. The only difference I know is that the students in BS need to choose an area to specialise in e.g.endocrinology (they are not required to but the course can be very general without making this choice, according to my friend in BS). MS students do not have this choice. Hope this has answered what you want to ask.
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