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I'm an f1 starting this summer. I will be starting a part time MSc which lasts 3 years and starts this September. I was wondering if the MSc will count for any points if I apply for CST as I'll be part way through it. Or if I have to have fully completed it.

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Hey really sorry I can't answer your question but do you know if its still possibly to apply to any of these sorts of masters programmes (I'm also staring as an F1)?
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Hi
I'm an f1 starting this summer. I will be starting a part time MSc which lasts 3 years and starts this September. I was wondering if the MSc will count for any points if I apply for CST as I'll be part way through it. Or if I have to have fully completed it.

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As an MSc, no, it would need to be completed to get points in the "Additional degrees" section. If you get an interim PGCert/PGDip after 1/2 years that may get you points elsewhere depending on the subject.
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Hi
I'm an f1 starting this summer. I will be starting a part time MSc which lasts 3 years and starts this September. I was wondering if the MSc will count for any points if I apply for CST as I'll be part way through it. Or if I have to have fully completed it.

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A qualification has to be completed and awarded in order for it to count. I have no idea what the surgical higher specialist training point scheme is like, but it's likely it would give you something towards that. I wouldn't do a higher degree just for the points though - there are far easier ways of getting points!

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Hey really sorry I can't answer your question but do you know if its still possibly to apply to any of these sorts of masters programmes (I'm also staring as an F1)?
Don't go into anything rashly and at the last minute without thinking it through properly. It's really not a necessity to have an MSc. It depends what you want to do - no doubt there are programmes somewhere still accepting applicants, but you may find your options are limited. Better to wait a year and do your research properly. Doing an MSc alongside getting used to FY1 and rotas, is hard work.
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A qualification has to be completed and awarded in order for it to count. I have no idea what the surgical higher specialist training point scheme is like, but it's likely it would give you something towards that. I wouldn't do a higher degree just for the points though - there are far easier ways of getting points!


Don't go into anything rashly and at the last minute without thinking it through properly. It's really not a necessity to have an MSc. It depends what you want to do - no doubt there are programmes somewhere still accepting applicants, but you may find your options are limited. Better to wait a year and do your research properly. Doing an MSc alongside getting used to FY1 and rotas, is hard work.
Thanks junior doctor, yup I didn't even do FiY1 so I'm really gonna need this time settle in
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Thanks junior doctor, yup I didn't even do FiY1 so I'm really gonna need this time settle in
There is no rush to do higher qualifications. Don't be panicked by the fact that people around you seem to be doing them. There is plenty of time. Take the time to decide properly if it's the right thing for you, then when the right time is / what the right one is. If nothing else, they're expensive, and you don't want to waste money and then regret not doing something different, at a different time. Think about all the factors, including potentially when you might start doing exams. Doing both MSc and exams alongside working full time is tough - doable, but tough, so needs some thinking and planning. Settling into FY1 and finding your feet there, is plenty enough to be getting on with. Best of luck.
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There is no rush to do higher qualifications. Don't be panicked by the fact that people around you seem to be doing them. There is plenty of time. Take the time to decide properly if it's the right thing for you, then when the right time is / what the right one is. If nothing else, they're expensive, and you don't want to waste money and then regret not doing something different, at a different time. Think about all the factors, including potentially when you might start doing exams. Doing both MSc and exams alongside working full time is tough - doable, but tough, so needs some thinking and planning. Settling into FY1 and finding your feet there, is plenty enough to be getting on with. Best of luck.
Thank you, really really appreciate your advice!
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