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Which would you say is better for medicine and attracts more interest?
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Which would you say is better for medicine and attracts more interest?
All medical schools in the UK are considered equal. Oxford has the higher competition ratio, Cambridge interviews more of its applicants
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Cambridge have a harder offer too

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All med ical schools inthe UK are considered equal. Oxford has the higher competition ratio, Cambridge interviews more of its applicants
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both unis are equally as good, both unis are globally respected and both unis are amongst the best in the world, along side Harvard, Stanford and met
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i know theyre both top unis but I was just interested in peoples opinions of them both
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i know theyre both top unis but I was just interested in peoples opinions of them both
id rather go Cambridge tbh
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i know theyre both top unis but I was just interested in peoples opinions of them both
If you look at the "related discussions" at the bottom of this thread, you will see several other threads where this has been discussed too
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id rather go Cambridge tbh
how come?
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how come?
I visited both places and Cambridge seems quiet, an ideal working environment imo. Also, Cambridge is closer to were I live ( 35 minutes away). Other than that I think both unis are basically the same for men
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I visited both places and Cambridge seems quiet, an ideal working environment imo. Also, Cambridge is closer to were I live ( 35 minutes away). Other than that I think both unis are basically the same for men
yeah i would rather go to a quite, relaxed uni than one with crowds and constant noise
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Which would you say is better for medicine and attracts more interest?
There is one difference between the two courses... at Oxford you have to do a project on a subject that has not been proved before. My son (in third year at Oxford) loves research. He thought up an interesting project and it looks like he has evidence to prove his theory. Cambridge, on the other hand,does not offer this option.

Please find below a link to my book, "Oxford Demystified". My son describes the Oxford medicine course in detail, if you want to have a clearer idea how it works. I have also written a chapter about how he got in for medicine with the resources used, etc.

Good luck.

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6100480
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I went to Cambridge for medicine.

I'd say Oxford is probably better. They have higher postgraduate examination pass rates, and higher satisfaction with their course. Oxford is also more competitive to get into.
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yeah i would rather go to a quite, relaxed uni than one with crowds and constant noise
By the way, not all Oxford colleges are noisy and full of crowds. Colleges such as Oriel (beautiful, but off the main drag and does not allow tourists to look round), St Hildas, St Edmunds, St Peters, LMH, Pembroke etc are very quiet.

The only ones to really avoid re tourists are Exeter college (views from the mound make it popular) and Christchurch.
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I went to Cambridge for medicine.

I'd say Oxford is probably better. They have higher postgraduate examination pass rates, and higher satisfaction with their course. Oxford is also more competitive to get into.
Thanks for that, Chief Wiggum, have not seen you round TSR for a while! The offers are higher for Cambridge (A*A*A as opposed to A*AA for Oxford), however there are twice as many places at Cambridge. My son was a bit worried about the A*A* A so went for Oxford. It's a good job, because his actual A2 grades were A*AA.
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Thanks for that, Chief Wiggum, have not seen you round TSR for a while! The offers are higher for Cambridge (A*A*A as opposed to A*AA for Oxford), however there are twice as many places at Cambridge. My son was a bit worried about the A*A* A so went for Oxford. It's a good job, because his actual A2 grades were A*AA.
Well, I was trying to be slightly controversial with my post there, I guess! haha

Despite me saying Oxford is better, I think for me Cambridge was the better choice. Hard to explain, but I preferred the "atmosphere" of Cambridge I think.

When I applied, I also felt the Cambridge application system was fairer, looking at the whole range of things in the application, including UMS scores at AS Level. Oxford was all about GCSE/BMAT in terms of giving out interviews, and I had the impression (rightly or wrongly) that Oxford placed more weighting on the interview than Cambridge.
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Even though I seem more Oxford oriented, I think Cambridge is just as great as Oxford! And yes, the interview is very important. They use the bmat score to determine who goes forward to interview
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i know theyre both top unis but I was just interested in peoples opinions of them both
I mean, I guess the answer to that is student satisfaction rates? Which Oxford does much better in?

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yeah i would rather go to a quite, relaxed uni than one with crowds and constant noise
Lol.

Its definitely true that Cambridge appears less active than Oxford, but "constant noise" is pretty fanciful! If you think Oxford is noisy, what on earth do you think about Birmingham or Manchester, or London... Oxford is tiny in comparison!

Anyway - I'll paste my response too all these types of thread:

- Cities - I'd suggest visiting both. Oxford's a more active city.
- Accommodation - more available at Cambridge - though most students at both can get accommodation for the first 3 years at least.
- Size - Oxford med school is half the size. There is only 4-8 medics per year at each college (whereas at cambridge it can be up to 25 or so)
- Transfers - at Oxford some students can go to London after 3 years (essentially any university you choose). At Cambridge you're there for all 6.
- 3rd year options are more limited at Oxford, although doing something completely tangential at Cambridge (law, economics etc) to is no longer allowed under normal circumstances.
- Cambridge has more focus on anatomy, including dissection rather than prosection. Oxford focuses on other aspects of medicine instead.
- Oxford gets much higher student satisfaction
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I mean, I guess the answer to that is student satisfaction rates? Which Oxford does much better in?


Lol.

Its definitely true that Cambridge appears less active than Oxford, but "constant noise" is pretty fanciful! If you think Oxford is noisy, what on earth do you think about Birmingham or Manchester, or London... Oxford is tiny in comparison!

Anyway - I'll paste my response too all these types of thread:

- Cities - I'd suggest visiting both. Oxford's a more active city.
- Accommodation - more available at Cambridge - though most students at both can get accommodation for the first 3 years at least.
- Size - Oxford med school is half the size. There is only 4-8 medics per year at each college (whereas at cambridge it can be up to 25 or so)
- Transfers - at Oxford some students can go to London after 3 years (essentially any university you choose). At Cambridge you're there for all 6.
- 3rd year options are more limited at Oxford, although doing something completely tangential at Cambridge (law, economics etc) to is no longer allowed under normal circumstances.
- Cambridge has more focus on anatomy, including dissection rather than prosection. Oxford focuses on other aspects of medicine instead.
- Oxford gets much higher student satisfaction
thanks 4 the more detailed response
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I mean, I guess the answer to that is student satisfaction rates? Which Oxford does much better in?


Lol.

Its definitely true that Cambridge appears less active than Oxford, but "constant noise" is pretty fanciful! If you think Oxford is noisy, what on earth do you think about Birmingham or Manchester, or London... Oxford is tiny in comparison!

Anyway - I'll paste my response too all these types of thread:

- Cities - I'd suggest visiting both. Oxford's a more active city.
- Accommodation - more available at Cambridge - though most students at both can get accommodation for the first 3 years at least.
- Size - Oxford med school is half the size. There is only 4-8 medics per year at each college (whereas at cambridge it can be up to 25 or so)
- Transfers - at Oxford some students can go to London after 3 years (essentially any university you choose). At Cambridge you're there for all 6.
- 3rd year options are more limited at Oxford, although doing something completely tangential at Cambridge (law, economics etc) to is no longer allowed under normal circumstances.
- Cambridge has more focus on anatomy, including dissection rather than prosection. Oxford focuses on other aspects of medicine instead.
- Oxford gets much higher student satisfaction
You, Oxford Mum and Chief Wiggum need to put a post together where we can direct all these queries.
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Good idea, we could tell it like it is. Nexttime and chief wiggum have more direct experience than me, of course, but feel free to post my son’s medical chapter any time!
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