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Transfer to Undergrad Medicine

Hi, so my issue is a bit complex. Basically due to an unexpected event I was not able to apply to medicine by the October deadline, because I could not sit my UCAT. Note that I am an international student. Because of this, I applied to 4 universities for Biochemistry and 1 for Biological Sciences. I have got 2 offers from Bristol and Manchester for Biochem, still haven't heard back from Edinburgh, and was rejected from my other 2 choices.
I am now doing the best I can to find universities that would allow me to either apply late to Medicine, (I know it may be impossible) or transfer to Medicine at most just when I finish my first year, say in Biochem, Biomed, etc. And hopefully transfer to second year of Medicine (undergrad). Where I live, students can usually transfer between courses that have the same 1st year subjects such as Nursing and Medicine. Well, that said, I am reaching out to you if anyone knows an internal transfer scheme from any university that would allow me to transfer to second year Medicine.

Thank you very much
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I‘m sure you probably already know that every single person on those courses who is eligible to apply will be applying for those schemes. There will be massive competition and there is no guarantee that those schemes will even run every year as they’re dependent on places being available, which they aren’t always.

Why not just reapply to medicine? The cost of a year on international fees is potentially £30k once living costs, fees etc are taken into account. Surely that would be money better put towards actually studying medicine?

Doing a course just in the hope of transferring to another one is a fool’s errand regardless of which course it is. Unless you’re genuinely happy with doing that course all the way through if you don’t get a transfer, do you really think it’s worth the money, effort, and potential disappointment?
Reply 3
Hello TMTDRN. Thank you for your response. I would be willing to take that risk and study as hard as I'd need to to transfer. If unsuccessful, I could always transfer in my country. However, I have also considered foundation courses, would you mind if you know any foundation to medicine still available?

Thank you very much anyway.

Original post by TMTDRN
I‘m sure you probably already know that every single person on those courses who is eligible to apply will be applying for those schemes. There will be massive competition and there is no guarantee that those schemes will even run every year as they’re dependent on places being available, which they aren’t always.

Why not just reapply to medicine? The cost of a year on international fees is potentially £30k once living costs, fees etc are taken into account. Surely that would be money better put towards actually studying medicine?

Doing a course just in the hope of transferring to another one is a fool’s errand regardless of which course it is. Unless you’re genuinely happy with doing that course all the way through if you don’t get a transfer, do you really think it’s worth the money, effort, and potential disappointment?

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