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I want to become a doctor. So my current plan is, so a foundation year in Law at Essex University. Then study a three year degree in psychology at a prospective university. After that I want to apply to study post grad medicine. What is the best university to go to for this. It needs to have a course which allows for a non science degree for entrance.
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Is there a particular reason you intend spending four years of time, money and effort on something that seems totally unnecessary? What qualifications do you have?
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I want to become a doctor, and to specialise in psychiatry. I don’t see why a 4 year degree is unnecessary. If that is what I want to be doing until I retire, then it seems sensible to invest the time to studying.
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I want to become a doctor, and to specialise in psychiatry. I don’t see why a 4 year degree is unnecessary. If that is what I want to be doing until I retire, then it seems sensible to invest the time to studying.
How exactly do you think a foundation year of law and an undergrad degree in psychology will help you become a psychiatrist?
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Because you can get onto a graduate medicine program without a background in science. The medicine degree will prepare me for psychiatry. As will the psychology in fact.
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I question the Foundation year in Law too? Makes no sense. Just go straight for the psyc
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When I applied I wanted to do Law so I could become a mental health solicitor, so that I could work within psychiatry, because I thought it would take too long to become a doctor, since I would have to do it post grad.

But since then I have decided that I would rather spend an extra few years in study and actually train to become a doctor, then to save a little time, and work a job that I don’t want to do as much.

So I figure, as I’m already accepted onto law. I will just do that for a year since I interested in it (and to widen my horizons). Then I will will switch to psychology, and then medicine.

Simple. No?
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Because you can get onto a graduate medicine program without a background in science. The medicine degree will prepare me for psychiatry. As will the psychology in fact.
Have you actually researched how to become a psychiatrist?
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op do you realise applying to medicine as a graduate is twice as competitive as applying to medicine as a school-leaver?

why make life harder for yourself?
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(Original post by geniusiq139)
When I applied I wanted to do Law so I could become a mental health solicitor, so that I could work within psychiatry, because I thought it would take too long to become a doctor, since I would have to do it post grad.

But since then I have decided that I would rather spend an extra few years in study and actually train to become a doctor, then to save a little time, and work a job that I don’t want to do as much.

So I figure, as I’m already accepted onto law. I will just do that for a year since I interested in it (and to widen my horizons). Then I will will switch to psychology, and then medicine.

Simple. No?
oh lawd

you are all over the place
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Yes I have researched how to become a psychiatrist. And so have a lot of experience in psychiatry already, which is now come I’m so sure that I wish to become one.

And I don’t have science A-Levels, so I can’t apply for the standard 5 year course in medicine.
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Yes I have researched how to become a psychiatrist. And so have a lot of experience in psychiatry already, which is now come I’m so sure that I wish to become one.

And I don’t have science A-Levels, so I can’t apply for the standard 5 year course in medicine.
you can apply to the foundation medicine courses though.

if you really want to be a doctor don't take the most difficult route to get there.
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Foundation courses for medicine are for students who took science A-levels but didn’t get the required grades to do medicine straight off. So a student for example getting BBC in Maths, chemistry and biology.

I however didn’t take science A levels. Well, I took History, Spanish and Maths.
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Foundation courses for medicine are for students who took science A-levels but didn’t get the required grades to do medicine straight off. So a student for example getting BBC in Maths, chemistry and biology.
some aren't, some are.

please read https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...al-schools.pdf
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I think I’ve seen these courses actually, and I reasoned that it would only save me a year. And by studying psychology for three years, I would be able to only study medicine for 4. I am mostly interested in the mental health side of things, so psychology and psychiatry. So I reasoned that I would be more relevant to my interests if I did the way that I mentioned. Thank you for posting that though. I had actually forgotten about these courses; I may be interested in doing it this route when I come to apply. Not 100% sure yet.
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I don’t see how I’m all over the place. Yes many different subjects, but it all makes sense lol.
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I think I’ve seen these courses actually, and I reasoned that it would only save me a year. And by studying psychology for three years, I would be able to only study medicine for 4. I am mostly interested in the mental health side of things, so psychology and psychiatry. So I reasoned that I would be more relevant to my interests if I did the way that I mentioned. Thank you for posting that though. I had actually forgotten about these courses; I may be interested in doing it this route when I come to apply. Not 100% sure yet.
i recommend you think very carefully about the route you take. GEM is very competitive and you need to score 2800+ in the UKCAT or 62+ in the GAMSAT to be competitive.

one tip i'll give you is you need to be interested in the big picture of medicine rather than just a single speciality of medicine. when you get asked 'why do you want to be a doctor' you need to show you're interested in the diagnosis, treatment and management of both physical and mental health problems rather than just 'the mental health side of things'.
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(Original post by geniusiq139)
I think I’ve seen these courses actually, and I reasoned that it would only save me a year. And by studying psychology for three years, I would be able to only study medicine for 4. I am mostly interested in the mental health side of things, so psychology and psychiatry. So I reasoned that I would be more relevant to my interests if I did the way that I mentioned. Thank you for posting that though. I had actually forgotten about these courses; I may be interested in doing it this route when I come to apply. Not 100% sure yet.
The A104 courses @Itsmith posted about sound to be your best option. They're for people with good A Levels but not enough science subjects. Plus from their stats it seems there's 6-10 applications per place, for graduate medicine this figure is 30-50 per place. Also an undergraduate in psychology isnt a massive boost to becoming a psychiatrist and may hinder your chances in applying for graduate medicine. Most people are applying with bioscience-like degrees with a strong foundation of biology and chemistry (Something you really need as a psychiatrist as the big difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist is the ability to prescribe drugs). This biology and chemistry background is required for a lot of grad med courses so with psychology your options would be quite limited.
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