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I already accepted a place to study biomedicine in Aberdeen, but Brexit is really worrying me. Also, my ultimate goal is to study medicine.

I applied to medical schools in Finland, and was just a few points away from getting in. Should I decline my offer and retake entrance exams next year?

I want to still have biomedicine as a back up plan, but I wasn't allowed a deferred entry. If I apply again, will I be "blacklisted" and not accepted anywhere in the UK to study?

I'm very conflicted about what to do, so any advice would be appreciated.
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have you considered just doing your undergrad in biomed and then applying for GEM when you're perhaps in a better position to do so? on the other hand if you really think you can nail that entrance exam next time round and really want to give it another shot, go for it
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(Original post by emlan)
I already accepted a place to study biomedicine in Aberdeen, but Brexit is really worrying me. Also, my ultimate goal is to study medicine.

I applied to medical schools in Finland, and was just a few points away from getting in. Should I decline my offer and retake entrance exams next year?

I want to still have biomedicine as a back up plan, but I wasn't allowed a deferred entry. If I apply again, will I be "blacklisted" and not accepted anywhere in the UK to study?

I'm very conflicted about what to do, so any advice would be appreciated.
On TSR we'd (experienced knowledgeable posters) always advise you to retake your A Levels and try undergrad medicine.

It's just shorter, cheaper and easier (relative to GEM to get in.

Any reason why you haven't considered that?

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have you considered just doing your undergrad in biomed and then applying for GEM when you're perhaps in a better position to do so? on the other hand if you really think you can nail that entrance exam next time round and really want to give it another shot, go for it
Read the above re: what I said! If you can avoid doing a 3 year degree in something you don't really want to, but really just to achieve something else, then avoid it!!
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I want to take a preparatory course that lasts a year, which will help me significantly in the exams. And considering I already took a gap year to study for the exams, it seems sort of pointless to give up after one year of trying.

I guess I'm just the type who hates uncertainty and wants to have a backup plan in place, so that's why this is a difficult choice for me.
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have you considered just doing your undergrad in biomed and then applying for GEM when you're perhaps in a better position to do so? on the other hand if you really think you can nail that entrance exam next time round and really want to give it another shot, go for it
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I have an IB-diploma. I've never done the A-levels, since I live in Finland.
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On TSR we'd (experienced knowledgeable posters) always advise you to retake your A Levels and try undergrad medicine.

It's just shorter, cheaper and easier (relative to GEM to get in.

Any reason why you haven't considered that?



Read the above re: what I said! If you can avoid doing a 3 year degree in something you don't really want to, but really just to achieve something else, then avoid it!!
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I have an IB-diploma. I've never done the A-levels, since I live in Finland.
And you want to work in the UK after graduation?

Just a word of warning, GEM (in the UK) is at least 2x more competitive than undergrad medicine.

And of course there's no guarantee that UK med graduates can work in the EU and vice versa! (after Brexit)
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Okay, I thought I understood what GEM means, but now I'm lost.

I want to have the ability to work in the EU after my degree, and that's why I'm concerned about Brexit. It would immediately make it more difficult for my degree to be accepted in the EU.
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And you want to work in the UK after graduation?

Just a word of warning, GEM (in the UK) is at least 2x more competitive than undergrad medicine.

And of course there's no guarantee that UK med graduates can work in the EU and vice versa!
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Okay, I thought I understood what GEM means, but now I'm lost.
It mean graduate entry medicine. It's a shortened (usually shorter than the standard course by 1 year) course that also leads to MBBS or MBChB. You must have done a degree (most people would have done biomedicine or similar) to do it. But it's COMPETITIVE.

I want to have the ability to work in the EU after my degree, and that's why I'm concerned about Brexit. It would immediately make it more difficult for my degree to be accepted in the EU.
Exactly. Have you considered any other med schools in the EU?
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Yes I have a few universities that I’ll be applying to. My only concern is not getting in and then ending up with no place to study, if I decline my offer from Aberdeen.

So I guess my main question is, will I still have a chance of getting in to biomedicine, even if I declined an offer?
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Yes I have a few universities that I’ll be applying to. My only concern is not getting in and then ending up with no place to study, if I decline my offer from Aberdeen.

So I guess my main question is, will I still have a chance of getting in to biomedicine, even if I declined an offer?
Biomedicine and medicine are different courses. If biomedicine in Aberdeen is your main query, I'll move your thread to the life sciences forum.

The answer to your question is that it depends on the university.

Please tag or quote me when replying in the future.
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