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I can't chose between the fields. I'v reached the age where I have to think about my future and I can't decide. On one hand, I am extremly good at maths ( I got 239/240 in my gcse and I also got gold every year in the ukmt since year 7) but on the other hand, after doing some work experience, I think medicine is a great career path and it would help me become a better person by helping others. Cant I just do medicine at the same time as maths buy doing a gap year where I can focus on my maths degree ( im also very interested in mathematics as well)
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I can't chose between the fields. I'v reached the age where I have to think about my future and I can't decide. On one hand, I am extremly good at maths ( I got 239/240 in my gcse and I also got gold every year in the ukmt since year 7) but on the other hand, after doing some work experience, I think medicine is a great career path and it would help me become a better person by helping others. Cant I just do medicine at the same time as maths buy doing a gap year where I can focus on my maths degree ( im also very interested in mathematics as well)
No. I think you are underestimating the workload for both subjects. If you do medicine you have no life. If you do maths you have no friends. Pick one or the other. Nowhere will let you do both.
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If you do maths you have no friends.
*cries in Leibniz notation*
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I can't chose between the fields. I'v reached the age where I have to think about my future and I can't decide. On one hand, I am extremly good at maths ( I got 239/240 in my gcse and I also got gold every year in the ukmt since year 7) but on the other hand, after doing some work experience, I think medicine is a great career path and it would help me become a better person by helping others. Cant I just do medicine at the same time as maths buy doing a gap year where I can focus on my maths degree ( im also very interested in mathematics as well)
Unfortunately that wouldn't work from a practical perspective.

What stage are you at currently?
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I can't chose between the fields. I'v reached the age where I have to think about my future and I can't decide. On one hand, I am extremely good at maths ( I got 239/240 in my gcse and I also got gold every year in the ukmt since year 7) but on the other hand, after doing some work experience, I think medicine is a great career path and it would help me become a better person by helping others. Cant I just do medicine at the same time as maths buy doing a gap year where I can focus on my maths degree ( im also very interested in mathematics as well)
I would seriously consider the pro's and con's of each course. No you can't do them at the same time. So I can see that you are going into AS levels, and so have a while to decide. You also have a lot of time to undertake more medical work experience, and talk to more professionals about the field and degree (which will help you if you do apply to medicine regardless.)

What did you get across your GCSEs btw?

A maths degree is far more versatile in the job market, but I suppose if you want to go to school for 6+ years to do medicine that doesn't really matter.
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*cries in Leibniz notation*
Absolute chaos eh... heh heh
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No. I think you are underestimating the workload for both subjects. If you do medicine you have no life. If you do maths you have no friends. Pick one or the other. Nowhere will let you do both.
no friends or no life. Hard one tbh
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Unfortunately that wouldn't work from a practical perspective.

What stage are you at currently?
im in year 12 so I have to chose quick
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I would seriously consider the pro's and con's of each course. No you can't do them at the same time. So I can see that you are going into AS levels, and so have a while to decide. You also have a lot of time to undertake more medical work experience, and talk to more professionals about the field and degree (which will help you if you do apply to medicine regardless.)

What did you get across your GCSEs btw?

A maths degree is far more versatile in the job market, but I suppose if you want to go to school for 6+ years to do medicine that doesn't really matter.
yea I already done the pros and cons of each degree and fields. Id probably do better if a I go into maths, but id feel more complete ( as in id feel like I've accomplished something that brings genuine value to the world) If I do medicine. For my gcses I got 11 9s and 2 7s ( 7s in art and French). Why would you consider maths more versatile, aren't there many specialties in medicine
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yea I already done the pros and cons of each degree and fields. Id probably do better if a I go into maths, but id feel more complete ( as in id feel like I've accomplished something that brings genuine value to the world) If I do medicine. For my gcses I got 11 9s and 2 7s ( 7s in art and French). Why would you consider maths more versatile, aren't there many specialties in medicine
It's more like if you do medicine, you become a doctor. Whereas a maths degree opens: teaching, finance, accountancy, academia (in theoretical physics, maths, compsci and robotics), the civil service and a lot of other fields. A maths degree is vaguely applicable anywhere that doesn't require specific qualifications.

What makes you think that not pursuing your dream is doing better?
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Just do art degree..
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It's more like if you do medicine, you become a doctor. Whereas a maths degree opens: teaching, finance, accountancy, academia (in theoretical physics, maths, compsci and robotics), the civil service and a lot of other fields. A maths degree is vaguely applicable anywhere that doesn't require specific qualifications.

What makes you think that not pursuing your dream is doing better?
cuz all the careers that involves maths that I can think of aren't as fulfilling as becoming a doctor. Would you recommend me applying to medicine but also doing the step and other maths challenges ( olympiad hopefully) so if I don't like medicine, I can go into maths more easily
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Just do art degree..
if I wanted to be homeless
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im in year 12 so I have to chose quick
Not too quick, though. You have until early next summer before you have to plump for one or the other in earnest. Arrange to do some medicine related work experience over the next term or so. This will be useful for you UCAS application whether or not you choose medicine.

As to whether you can do both medicine and maths, well strictly speaking no, but all is not lost. You could do an intercalated degree in clinical epidemiology at some British universities, or do an MSc in epidemiology or medical economics after graduating.

Medicine needs its share of mathematically minded people both at the policy end, and at the clinical research end. So keep on doing the sums, and check out if you really also have a healing touch.
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As people said you can't fully do both. But if I recall correctly Imperial had a program where you could study another subject for a year. Not sure if it was only medicine related or anything. Can't be bothered to research it but you should look up the Imperial course structure (this is assuming you can get in of course).
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Not too quick, though. You have until early next summer before you have to plump for one or the other in earnest. Arrange to do some medicine related work experience over the next term or so. This will be useful for you UCAS application whether or not you choose medicine.

As to whether you can do both medicine and maths, well strictly speaking no, but all is not lost. You could do an intercalated degree in clinical epidemiology at some British universities, or do an MSc in epidemiology or medical economics after graduating.

Medicine needs its share of mathematically minded people both at the policy end, and at the clinical research end. So keep on doing the sums, and check out if you really also have a healing touch.
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As people said you can't fully do both. But if I recall correctly Imperial had a program where you could study another subject for a year. Not sure if it was only medicine related or anything. Can't be bothered to research it but you should look up the Imperial course structure (this is assuming you can get in of course).
alright thanks for the help guys
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As people said you can't fully do both. But if I recall correctly Imperial had a program where you could study another subject for a year. Not sure if it was only medicine related or anything. Can't be bothered to research it but you should look up the Imperial course structure (this is assuming you can get in of course).
This is the intercalated degree programme. At Imperial it's built in to the 6 year medicine degree; at other med schools you can opt to take it after either the 2nd or 3rd year of a 5 year medical degree.

You are able to choose from a very wide range of degree programmes, including at universities other than you own med school.
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cuz all the careers that involves maths that I can think of aren't as fulfilling as becoming a doctor. Would you recommend me applying to medicine but also doing the step and other maths challenges ( olympiad hopefully) so if I don't like medicine, I can go into maths more easily
Yeah actually that sounds like a good plan. If you're still really unsure, you can take a gap year.
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This is the intercalated degree programme. At Imperial it's built in to the 6 year medicine degree; at other med schools you can opt to take it after either the 2nd or 3rd year of a 5 year medical degree.

You are able to choose from a very wide range of degree programmes, including at universities other than you own med school.
I think its possible to do medicine and maths at Cambridge. Apparently you do your first 2 years of biomedicine or something like that and on your third year, you can do any degree ( maths in my case) and you can get a degree out of it ( so if I do maths I can ge a maths degree), then you can continue with medicine ( years 4-6) and get a medical degree. If that's true, I guess Cambridge is my goal lol
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I think its possible to do medicine and maths at Cambridge. Apparently you do your first 2 years of biomedicine or something like that and on your third year, you can do any degree ( maths in my case) and you can get a degree out of it ( so if I do maths I can ge a maths degree), then you can continue with medicine ( years 4-6) and get a medical degree. If that's true, I guess Cambridge is my goal lol
You do medicine for the first two years too, not "biomedicine".

They have tightened up what you can do in recent years and you may find its not that easy. Especially for maths, a very specialist subject that you will be completely out of practice for. I got equivalent to an A* in f maths at A-level and within two weeks I couldn't even understand the questions the Oxford mathmos had on their problem sheets. Just dropping back into maths after that time... very very challenging.
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