Graduate entry for medicine (oxford?) Watch
I was wondering how the experience of studying medicine from graduate entry would differ from studying it straight after a-levels. Is there a large range of backgrounds within these courses (recently graduated/another career, etc.)? Would study typically be amongst other graduate students, or mixed with already existing students?
Also socially, the thing I am a little worried about going on to do a postgrad degree is the fact that all my time will go into my degree and I won't be able to socialise outside of it. I understand that the postgrad social scene can be very different to that of the undergrads.
I was wondering how the experience of studying medicine from graduate entry would differ from studying it straight after a-levels.
Oxford seems to get proportionally more recent graduates versus what I hear about other med schools, but that is purely anecdotal.
However, that's not to say they won't be social, nor that you can't do things to change your social outlook. For example, many of the rowers were graduates and some of them clearly had not lost their interest in heavy drinking, shall we say! There are plenty of other societies to get involved in as a graduate. I would say Oxford is particularly good from this perspective, firstly because it has far more societies overall than other unis, and secondly, because it has a lot of grads so you can expect higher graduate participation. In the walking society, for instance, the participation is like 70% grads (and about 10% staff/alumni!).
Would study typically be amongst other graduate students, or mixed with already existing students?
At Oxford the grads have one very intense year then join the undergrads in year 2 (year 4 for undergrads), whilst still catching up on some other stuff alongside the normal 4th year content. Supposedly its that first year that's the killer.