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What masters programme will boost my chances of getting into medical school?

I am currently in my final year studying Biomedical Science. I sat my UCAT last week and will be applying to medical school within the next two weeks. I need some advice regarding a backup option just in case I do not get an offer.

The two options that I am considering are taking a gap year or applying for a master's degree. Obviously, there are pros and cons for both of these options, with the gap year allowing me to retake UCAT, as well as it would allow me to gain more work experience and study for BMAT too. On the other hand, I have been told a master's programme would increase my chances to get into medical school.

If the master's programme a better option then what degree would you recommend? A master's degree that would also create opportunities for me to work in Europe just in case I do not get into medical school. Since degrees like Physician Associate, trained PAs are not allowed to work anywhere else outside the UK.
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Original post by m7r
I am currently in my final year studying Biomedical Science. I sat my UCAT last week and will be applying to medical school within the next two weeks. I need some advice regarding a backup option just in case I do not get an offer.

The two options that I am considering are taking a gap year or applying for a master's degree. Obviously, there are pros and cons for both of these options, with the gap year allowing me to retake UCAT, as well as it would allow me to gain more work experience and study for BMAT too. On the other hand, I have been told a master's programme would increase my chances to get into medical school.

If the master's programme a better option then what degree would you recommend? A master's degree that would also create opportunities for me to work in Europe just in case I do not get into medical school. Since degrees like Physician Associate, trained PAs are not allowed to work anywhere else outside the UK.


Unless you fail to get a 2.1, a masters won’t add much to your application. Save your money, get work experience instead.

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