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I am currently doing a chemistry BSc at durham, and I was potentially considering pursuing a degree in medicine once I graduate, maybe at oxford (4 year course), but not necessarily. I wanted to know from people with experience of pursuing postgrad courses, how this would differ in terms of workload/social life/timetable/independent study and research, etc. from undergrad courses.

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.

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I was wondering how the experience of studying medicine from graduate entry would differ from studying it straight after a-levels.
I would say it is generally more intense and more difficult, but that as a graduate you are better prepared to deal with that.

Is there a large range of backgrounds within these courses (recently graduated/another career, etc.)?
Yes.

Oxford seems to get proportionally more recent graduates versus what I hear about other med schools, but that is purely anecdotal.

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.
It will be different yes. The reality is that at undergrad you get a large proportion of people who are getting their first taste of independence and want to drink and party and go clubbing all the time. Whereas for your average 21+ year old... you've either been there done that or were never interested in the first place! People are far more mature and have other interests. Some may even have a spouse and children.

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!).
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Would study typically be amongst other graduate students, or mixed with already existing students?
Also: typical structure is separate initially whilst you catch up with medical knowledge, then get mixed in with undergrad-entry later. Exact details will depend on medical school.

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.
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