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My topic question for EPQ is 'when is the vegan diet considered the healthiest for an individual?'Is there any point in doing an EPQ if i want to apply for medicine.My question isn't related to medicine either so will it come across as if i'm uninterested in medicine??
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This topic would be great for a medicine degree. You can look into the side effects into not eating meat, what medical effects it has, and then ethical issues with meat eating (ethics always comes up in interviews). Not only this, but an EPQ shows extremely good skills, including essay writing and referencing, which is great all throughout university.

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This topic would be great for a medicine degree. You can look into the side effects into not eating meat, what medical effects it has, and then ethical issues with meat eating (ethics always comes up in interviews). Not only this, but an EPQ shows extremely good skills, including essay writing and referencing, which is great all throughout university.

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Okay thank you I will keep this in mind
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My topic question for EPQ is 'when is the vegan diet considered the healthiest for an individual?'Is there any point in doing an EPQ if i want to apply for medicine.My question isn't related to medicine either so will it come across as if i'm uninterested in medicine??
an EPQ will not help your medicine application. the only way it can is by demonstrating interest and dedication to your chosen subject by giving something for you to talk about in your personal statement - and this is only half-related to the field. my advice is to focus on your 3 A levels in Chem, Bio and ideally maths, as well as your BMAT/UCAT preparation - any time spent on the EPQ will be time you can't spend on this.
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It will help with a personal statement, and learning valuable skills. Assuming you’re doing this in year 12 (or equivalent), it really doesn’t take up much time of your week (about 2 hours/week) and then UCAT can be focussed on over the summer holidays, as well as A Levels.

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My topic question for EPQ is 'when is the vegan diet considered the healthiest for an individual?'Is there any point in doing an EPQ if i want to apply for medicine.My question isn't related to medicine either so will it come across as if i'm uninterested in medicine??
The questions is do you want to do an EPQ? If you do, and you're interested in your topic, then of course it's worth doing, and a medical school will not simply ignore its existence on your application. An EPQ also gives you a chance to develop lots of 'soft' study skills such as independent research ability, time management, project management etc which are crucial skills in order for you to do well at uni. Finally, an investigation based soundly in the science of nutrition is related to medicine.

However, do not do an EPQ if you are doing it merely as a tick-box exercise, or for extra application 'points'. Do it for the right reasons, and it's worth it - otherwise, don't waste your time and the time of your supervisor!
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I agree with reality - if you don’t want to do it for just your own independent studying pleasure don’t bother. There are enough balls you have to juggle to get in for medicine.

My son did his epq on the explanatory gap in the brain. Once he started he simply couldn’t stop. He actually wrote 44,000 words instead of the required 5,000. His obsession cost him with his schoolwork though, so find a balance.

He does however credit the epq for getting his place at Oxford ( along with St. John ambulance). He was actually asked about his epq during the interview and was able to go into quite a bit of technological detail which he wouldn’t have learned in school. This shows important commitment to a medical career- that you are prepared to spend some of your spare time to devote to it when you are busy doing other things.

But it’s not for everyone.
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