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    Ok, so I've been doing some long thinking, and I have about a year (long story) to sorta choose what I wanna do, inbetween getting the neccessary credentials to get into a science related course. (4 Humanities A-Levels are completely useless >.<)

    So yeah. I'm in a bit of a dialemma. Basically, I would either like to go into research or something doctor-related. Or something that will earn me money while doing what I like, I dunno. Anyway. I have whittled it down to a few selections. Do I choose:

    a) Biomed?

    - Combines my love for biology and chemistry and medicalness and all that, but I've heard the field is massively oversubscribed and stuff and graduate prospects are a little bleh.

    However! I've heard this can be a good route into medicine should I choose to do that instead. Not to mention that according to someone in my flat (doctor grad who lives upstairs whos going into anaesthesia) you can go into medicine on the second year if you are awesome, or there's the postgradness. The only trouble is, I'd like to do a MBioMed off the bat and there are very few places which actualy do this and stuff.





    However, I have a couple of other choices!

    b) Medicine?

    (One of) The King of Degrees, good prospects, but supercomeptitive and I dunno if I have the time or the money to jump into that game. Ideally, I could use this to go into research like I want to. But yeah, a little scared about the competition and the fact that most other people will have a headstart/be more able to win teh prize/etc.

    (on a related note, if you stop practiscing medicine, I've heard you have to stop using "Dr." on your name. Is this true?)

    c) Natural Sciences

    I like the look of this, cept you can't do a Masters off the bat in most places with this either.

    d) Pharmacology

    This sounds awesome, just what I wanna do, chem and biology all in one, but I want some physiologyness in there too to learn bout the body parts and stuff. Pharma with Physiology? I also worry that Pharmacology would be "too narrow" so to speak.





    I guess in the end, a thing I would most like to do would be something that involves chemistry, biology, medicalness, pharmacology, and a bit of organic chem as well. Would Biomed be my thing? A specialized Chem degree? Natural Sciences? Medicine? I'm also aiming to try and get a MSc course as opposed to a BSc.

    But yeah, any help would be great, thanks. :3
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    If you heart isn't set on medicine rule that one out, it is not worth the time, money, work experience etc if you won't use it to be a doctor, plus it is a huge waste for the government to train you and then lose you. I think if you don't know exactly what you want try to get on a course with a lot of choice... I am at Kings officially on a Biomed degree but in the 2nd and 3rd years there are no compulsory modules. They offer a common first year for 'bioscience' type degrees, biochem, molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology, biomed, human sciences and if you start out on one course you can easily switch to another just by the modules you choose.

    Also, don't go straight for a masters, Biomed is a jack of all trades degree, it will give you a feel for all areas and then you can use your masters to specialise in what most interests you.

    Another thing you should look for is places offering a year in industry, this is a huge bonus when looking for a PhD or employment.
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    Ditto Eidolon. I'm doing biomed at Newcastle and the first year you do a "bioscience" degree (which includes Physiology, Pharmacology and Biochemistry - to name a couple you'd be interested in) and you can also apply to do the Masters at the end of the first year (which would make it only a 4 year course at normal tuition costs etc) provided you get decent enough grades.

    I've never been told that Biomed is oversubscribed or whatever, as I've been told I can do anything with a science degree practically. And since I don't really want to work in a lab, it's perfect for me.

    On the note of a year in industry, Newcastle lets you take a year off to do a year if you want, but unlike most places which offer a year in industry as a degree, they don't really help you find a place to work.
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    I think the first decision to make is medicine vs science, then you can worry about what type of science to go for next. Medicine is a life-long commitment, so if your heart is not in it don't do it.

    Medicine at graduate entry is extremely difficult, many times more competitive than at undergrad level (not to mention financially difficult) - so if you want to do medicine, go for it now. Transfers from biomed/other courses into medicine does exist but the opportunities are few and far between I think.

    If you're thinking of both biology and chemistry, natural sciences would be a good degree to look at.
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    (Original post by linkdapink)
    Ditto Eidolon. I'm doing biomed at Newcastle and the first year you do a "bioscience" degree (which includes Physiology, Pharmacology and Biochemistry - to name a couple you'd be interested in) and you can also apply to do the Masters at the end of the first year (which would make it only a 4 year course at normal tuition costs etc) provided you get decent enough grades.

    I've never been told that Biomed is oversubscribed or whatever, as I've been told I can do anything with a science degree practically. And since I don't really want to work in a lab, it's perfect for me.

    On the note of a year in industry, Newcastle lets you take a year off to do a year if you want, but unlike most places which offer a year in industry as a degree, they don't really help you find a place to work.
    Thats exactly what I want to do, that course!! as in a t newcastle, not jsut biomed lol, I'm in same position as OP, wanting to do medicine, but cant really afford it and not sure if its for me, all your information really helped me too, I didn't know that you could do a year out at Newcastle, you've actually made my day!! What grades did you get in on? Or what would they accept, I do chem an bio, with french an ICT as back up options if I fail =p

    EDIT oops, i just went on your profile, you've got your grades on there neevr mind =p
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    The great thing about biomed is that you can use the degree in several ways, 1) if you do an accredited degree you can train further and work in the NHS working in the path labs, 2) as a straight science degree - this opens as many doors as you want! 3) as a biomed degree, leading you to further study, masters and Phd.
    I know a number of uni's which allow a year in industry, basically you take a year out of study and go where-ever, generally you organise your own, but many uni's have links with organisations. For example, Keele have a link to the Pasture institute in Paris open to all life science students between 2nd and 3rd year.
    Biomed is a great degree to do if you want to go into research because it just covers so much.
    You need to look at the course carefully though, I'm at Keele and we do a lot of biochem type things, whereas my friend at Leeds does more anatomy and physiology.
    any other questions just PM me
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    Hrmm...after thinking about it, and deciding that unless I go from biomed to it, I'm probably going to rule out Medicine. It would be nice and I'd probably like it, but I'm not rabidly obsessed with the idea like other Medicine students are.

    The only thing about the Masters is that if you do a masters off the bat then it's covered in the tuition loan type stuff, not to mention it's easier jobwise. I'm just also worried about job prospects post-uni and such.

    One thought that has occured to me bar doing research is that I'd really like to become a lecturer, I'd like to teach, but not in high school-ness, rather in uni. You usually have to go through PhDness and whatnot but WHATEV. Would starting with a Biomed BSc help in this?
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    you dont have to have a phd to be a uni lecturer, my dad is one and he has a degree and a HE PGCE
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    Sounds like biomedical sciences is your thing from what you state are your interests. Medicine is even more competitive when it comes to jobs and it wouldn't surprise me if it's the same with pharmacology. Same goes for natural sciences. Unless someone goes into physics, so many people get science degree, it doesn't make much of difference. You should pick what interests you. Masters degree tend to be specialised anyway (eg - in microbiology for example) but take in people from a range of related backgrounds anyway so what you study at undergrad doesn't matter that much.
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    OK...i am having the same problem as Xexxhoshi! i am current an AS student and i am about to make my university course choices. I am having difficulty in making my mind up on which course to chose and as i have time, whether i should do some work experience in order to apply for medicine. The thing is i like the idea of Biomed being a research based course where you get to find out new things but what would be future career prospect be! IS it just that you can become a research scientist or a lecturer!? Is the job that you will be offered is on long term basis. Also, my intention is become a physician specialising in a specific field but could that be possible by applying for a biomed degree at undergraduate and then studying some further courses?
    Help Please! Thank you.
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    a few mistake in my comment :-
    * I am CURRENTLY...
    *what would the FUTURE PROSPECTS BE!?
    * is the job offered for biomed. degree holders a long term one!?
    etc....
 
 
 
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