UK vs. Aus Med School - Which is the better option?

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Hey! I'm a Canadian high school senior. I received an offer from the University of Buckingham for medicine. I also received an offer from Griffith University for their 6-year medicine program (BMSc + MD). I'm having trouble choosing a university. The cost would be about the same, but the program is slightly shorter in the UK. I'm alright practising outside of Canada. In your opinion, which university is the better option and why? Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Thank you
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(Original post by happy_16)
Hey! I'm a Canadian high school senior. I received an offer from the University of Buckingham for medicine. I also received an offer from Griffith University for their 6-year medicine program (BMSc + MD). I'm having trouble choosing a university. The cost would be about the same, but the program is slightly shorter in the UK. I'm alright practising outside of Canada. In your opinion, which university is the better option and why? Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Thank you
Hi! As a UK student who is planning to study Medicine in Australia (specifically Melbourne), I would personally choose Griffith over Buckingham.

Buckingham is the only privatised medical school in the UK (even UK students cannot get student loans for Buckingham!) and so it is quite inaccessible for many people from widening backgrounds like me; I imagine that the student population there is not as diverse as other medical schools here if that's something you consider important. It might also mean that the student life in Buckingham is not as lively (although I've never actually visited there so I can't say for certain).

On the other hand, Griffith is on the Gold Coast and many students, both Australian and international, go there to study because it's a very scenic area combined with lots of urban features. Griffith's BMSc is also highly regarded because it's one of the hardest degrees to get into (Australian students need top grades to even be eligible to apply) and the degree only lasts 2 years, meaning that it's very intensive and designed for only the best students (which I imagine you are if you got an offer from them!).

Hope this helps!
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...Buckingham is the only privatised medical school in the UK (even UK students cannot get student loans for Buckingham!)
There's Brunel too, and several more coming soon.

And home students can get a loan for Buckingham... it's only for £6100 or £9250 (we're not 100% sure) and you have to pay the rest.

and so it is quite inaccessible for many people from widening backgrounds like me; I imagine that the student population there is not as diverse as other medical schools here if that's something you consider important. It might also mean that the student life in Buckingham is not as lively (although I've never actually visited there so I can't say for certain).
I would disagree, there'd be a lot more international students since they specifically cater to them!
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There's Brunel too, and several more coming soon.

And home students can get a loan for Buckingham... it's only for £6100 or £9250 (we're not 100% sure) and you have to pay the rest.



I would disagree, there'd be a lot more international students since they specifically cater to them!
Thanks for correcting my mistakes!

Yes, I agree that there would be more international students at Buckingham; it depends on whether happy_16 would like a lot of UK students on the course to learn more about British culture and their experiences.
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