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I have offers for both at UCL and QMUL and I am not sure which one to choose. I know UCL is better overall but I feel like biomedical sciences is less specific and has better job prospects. Any advice would be awesome
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I'm a yr12 (now yr13 ) student who wants to go into neuroscience, but I'm planning to take Biomed as personally I think the broader nature of Biomed is better in case I decide I want to specialise in something else or just don't like neuroscience. I guess you just have to think about how much you want to spend the next 3-4 years learning about cancer and how much of a chance there is that you won' like studying it. Good luck with whatever you choose!
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Similar to what the previous poster said, a lot of consideration should be given to how confident you are in wanting to specialise from the start. Biomed will provide you a wider variety of modules and you can experience a lot of different disciplines within the sector before specialising a bit more at the end. Alternatively you can focus down on cancer biomedicine from the start , you'll probably have a broad first year which will focus down quickly from second year (although check your specific modules for this).

Look at the modules for both courses and make a decision not based on the name of the course but on the content and how happy you would be to do each module.

I'm going into my fourth year of Microbiology, so a very specialised degree. I chose it from the start because I knew that is exactly what I wanted to study and I wasn't too interested in much else. It was the right decision for me but I know of people who started on microbiology then asked to switch at the end of year one. Similarly I knew people on the broader Biological Sciences degree that decided after first year they wanted to heavily specialise and so switched onto microbiology so it is very dependent on the person.

Hope this has helped and if you have anymore questions please just ask!
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I have offers for both at UCL and QMUL and I am not sure which one to choose. I know UCL is better overall but I feel like biomedical sciences is less specific and has better job prospects. Any advice would be awesome
I was choosing between biomed at warwick and cancer biomedicine at ucl. I chose UCL as my firm in the end as I’m certain I want to go into cancer research after and loved the idea of the course so much! the course is extremely broad in first year and doesn’t focus too much. I know some people who are going on to do more general postgraduate courses afterwards so it doesn’t narrow down career choices too much what do you want to do afterwards?
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Similar to what the previous poster said, a lot of consideration should be given to how confident you are in wanting to specialise from the start. Biomed will provide you a wider variety of modules and you can experience a lot of different disciplines within the sector before specialising a bit more at the end. Alternatively you can focus down on cancer biomedicine from the start , you'll probably have a broad first year which will focus down quickly from second year (although check your specific modules for this).

Look at the modules for both courses and make a decision not based on the name of the course but on the content and how happy you would be to do each module.

I'm going into my fourth year of Microbiology, so a very specialised degree. I chose it from the start because I knew that is exactly what I wanted to study and I wasn't too interested in much else. It was the right decision for me but I know of people who started on microbiology then asked to switch at the end of year one. Similarly I knew people on the broader Biological Sciences degree that decided after first year they wanted to heavily specialise and so switched onto microbiology so it is very dependent on the person.

Hope this has helped and if you have anymore questions please just ask!
Thank you for your answer. Cancer is one area that definitely interests me, probably it is the one I like most. However, I feel like I do not know well enough other areas. That is why, although I am almost sure that cancer is right for me, I'm afraid it'll reduce my options in the future. It is not that I wouldn't like what I would be doing, but I feel choosing a broader career at the beginning is "safer" if you know what I mean. I hope I end up being like you, studying something specific from the beginning and enjoying it 🙏

Changing the topic, do you know what are you going to do the following years (job, postgraduate courses...)? I wonder if choosing a very specific degree at the beginning 'reduces' your options for further study later on.
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I was choosing between biomed at warwick and cancer biomedicine at ucl. I chose UCL as my firm in the end as I’m certain I want to go into cancer research after and loved the idea of the course so much! the course is extremely broad in first year and doesn’t focus too much. I know some people who are going on to do more general postgraduate courses afterwards so it doesn’t narrow down career choices too much what do you want to do afterwards?
I really appreciate your answer, especially your last sentence about postgraduate courses. I didn't think about doing something more general afterwards, as I have always thought of postgraduate as choosing an even more specific area idk why :P, but now that you mention it, it is a really good idea.

About the course, I really like too. The modules seems so interesting (maybe it's just me haha) and I've talked to a second year student and he told me that if you don't like the cancer part in first year, you can change to other courses from the division of medicine as our subjects are apparently almost identical, so that's a plus.

Regarding the future, I still do not know, I've thought of something related to biotechnology, although I haven't looked into it much yet.

Again, thank you for you answer and, who knows, we might cross paths next year!!
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I'm a yr12 (now yr13 ) student who wants to go into neuroscience, but I'm planning to take Biomed as personally I think the broader nature of Biomed is better in case I decide I want to specialise in something else or just don't like neuroscience. I guess you just have to think about how much you want to spend the next 3-4 years learning about cancer and how much of a chance there is that you won' like studying it. Good luck with whatever you choose!
If I didn't have a clue of what to do I think that is the way to go. In my case, my mother is a doctor and I've been lucky enough to get some feedback from her. Also some friends a year older than me that are doing healthcare courses have given me some books from modules they currently have and cancer is one that has caught my attention the most. If I were you I wouldn't worry too much because I think some universities allow you to change from biomed to neuroscience as first year modules are sometimes quite similar, but that's something you have to ask.

in any case, good luck to you too with whatever you end up studying!
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I really appreciate your answer, especially your last sentence about postgraduate courses. I didn't think about doing something more general afterwards, as I have always thought of postgraduate as choosing an even more specific area idk why :P, but now that you mention it, it is a really good idea.

About the course, I really like too. The modules seems so interesting (maybe it's just me haha) and I've talked to a second year student and he told me that if you don't like the cancer part in first year, you can change to other courses from the division of medicine as our subjects are apparently almost identical, so that's a plus.

Regarding the future, I still do not know, I've thought of something related to biotechnology, although I haven't looked into it much yet.

Again, thank you for you answer and, who knows, we might cross paths next year!!
Yess that’d be so cool!! The fact you can change to applied medical sciences after first year is really reassuring! I’m sure you’d be okay with a degree in cancer biomedicine to go into biotechnology afterwards as well
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What did you end up choosing?
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