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Can you study Medicine after studying Radiography?

hey guysss does anyone know if i can study medicine after doing a 3 year radiography degree?? i know biomed is standard but i feel like i would enjoy radiography a little more
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Original post by georgezra34
hey guysss does anyone know if i can study medicine after doing a 3 year radiography degree?? i know biomed is standard but i feel like i would enjoy radiography a little more

I don’t think anything is barring you but it’s a total waste for you to do a radiography degree with the aim to apply to medicine. Waste of taxpayer money and your time. If you have the option skip Grad med as it’s waayyyy more competitive. I would say having a radiography degree would put you at a disadvantage in the long term.
Reply 3
Gap year student here and I'm currently on my second medicine application cycle. From receiving no interviews or offers last year to receiving 3 interviews this year and hopefully offers in the coming weeks and months I think it is a lot more rewarding and actually shorter and less competitive to do a gap year and apply next year for medicine. I think you should really reconsider doing an entire degree only to apply for grad entry medicine which is actually more competitive than the standard school-leaver route.
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Original post by Medivinejefffff
I don’t think anything is barring you but it’s a total waste for you to do a radiography degree with the aim to apply to medicine. Waste of taxpayer money and your time. If you have the option skip Grad med as it’s waayyyy more competitive. I would say having a radiography degree would put you at a disadvantage in the long term.

what do u suggest i do then
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Original post by Aks-y
Gap year student here and I'm currently on my second medicine application cycle. From receiving no interviews or offers last year to receiving 3 interviews this year and hopefully offers in the coming weeks and months I think it is a lot more rewarding and actually shorter and less competitive to do a gap year and apply next year for medicine. I think you should really reconsider doing an entire degree only to apply for grad entry medicine which is actually more competitive than the standard school-leaver route.

ok thank you so much. thing is i’ve already been considering taking a gap year next year but I’m still applying this year for the sake or it and so i don’t regret it later on. i already took a gap year after gcses due to personal reasons and if i take another one i guess i’m just worried i’ll feel very behind. i was considering radiography with the hope that maybe i would end up enjoying it and stick with that but if i don’t end up liking it i could apply for med after the degree. honestly i just feel like if i take a gap year next year i won’t even put it to good use and i’ll just watch another year fly by. i’m trying to prioritise my alevels right now as it’ll make the whole process a lot easier if i get the desired grades first time round. it’s all very stressful but ig i’ll just have to see how everything goes.
Original post by georgezra34
hey guysss does anyone know if i can study medicine after doing a 3 year radiography degree?? i know biomed is standard but i feel like i would enjoy radiography a little more


Yes you can. In fact I often wonder why radiography doesn't produce that many students that go off to do Medicine later. Probably something to do with the fact that there aren't that many radiography students around.

But as above, it's a very silly idea to go do a degree with the intention of doing Medicine afterwards. I say that because that's the path... not the path I chose, but the path that I accidentally ended up on, and I'm still on. I certainly haven't made things easy on myself and sometimes I just want to bang my head against the nearest hard surface because of it. I'm not saying that doing Medicine as a second degree is impossible, it's actually very possible, it's just that this shouldn't be your plan because it is infinitely easier to just get into Medicine the standard way.

It sounds like you're yet to sit your A-levels so come summertime, you need to ace your A-levels and apply to Medicine before the October UCAS deadline. If you take a gap year, you won't be behind anybody else. In fact you'll see no one will notice that you're older, and you need to do something useful with your gap year - you can't go with the mentality of thinking that you're going to waste it, and indeed if you keep with that mentality, I'd suggest Medicine isn't for you. So once you solve your mentality, you plan your gap year, and you'll be fine - I think the only way to waste a gap year is by actively seeking out to waste it. So, you try to find some work as a care assistant (or any work at all, really), volunteer in your local hospital or any healthcare charity, and keep up with Medicine by reading more books and the news and you'll be golden :smile:
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Original post by Scotland Yard
Yes you can. In fact I often wonder why radiography doesn't produce that many students that go off to do Medicine later. Probably something to do with the fact that there aren't that many radiography students around.

But as above, it's a very silly idea to go do a degree with the intention of doing Medicine afterwards. I say that because that's the path... not the path I chose, but the path that I accidentally ended up on, and I'm still on. I certainly haven't made things easy on myself and sometimes I just want to bang my head against the nearest hard surface because of it. I'm not saying that doing Medicine as a second degree is impossible, it's actually very possible, it's just that this shouldn't be your plan because it is infinitely easier to just get into Medicine the standard way.

It sounds like you're yet to sit your A-levels so come summertime, you need to ace your A-levels and apply to Medicine before the October UCAS deadline. If you take a gap year, you won't be behind anybody else. In fact you'll see no one will notice that you're older, and you need to do something useful with your gap year - you can't go with the mentality of thinking that you're going to waste it, and indeed if you keep with that mentality, I'd suggest Medicine isn't for you. So once you solve your mentality, you plan your gap year, and you'll be fine - I think the only way to waste a gap year is by actively seeking out to waste it. So, you try to find some work as a care assistant (or any work at all, really), volunteer in your local hospital or any healthcare charity, and keep up with Medicine by reading more books and the news and you'll be golden :smile:

okay thank you so much for this advice. i’m still applying this year as it’s standard for all schools and i guess i’ll just base it on what i get in my alevels. do u think doing biomed is also just useless if i intend on doing medicine afterwards and the easiest route are just gap years?
Original post by georgezra34
okay thank you so much for this advice. i’m still applying this year as it’s standard for all schools and i guess i’ll just base it on what i get in my alevels. do u think doing biomed is also just useless if i intend on doing medicine afterwards and the easiest route are just gap years?

No problemo, and yes. It's much simpler and cheaper to just take a gap year and reapply.
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Original post by georgezra34
okay thank you so much for this advice. i’m still applying this year as it’s standard for all schools and i guess i’ll just base it on what i get in my alevels. do u think doing biomed is also just useless if i intend on doing medicine afterwards and the easiest route are just gap years?

If you start an alternative degree, make sure it is something that would lead to a career you would be happy with long term, as it makes it far less likely you will get a medical place, if applying for GEM
Original post by Medivinejefffff
I don’t think anything is barring you but it’s a total waste for you to do a radiography degree with the aim to apply to medicine. Waste of taxpayer money and your time. If you have the option skip Grad med as it’s waayyyy more competitive. I would say having a radiography degree would put you at a disadvantage in the long term.
Can I ask, Who are you to say? What if the person didn't get accepted first time round and medicine was still there passion from young but still wanted to do a medical related course. That's what biomed students do lol is it still waste of tax payers money.
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Original post by AD_ADMIT
Can I ask, Who are you to say? What if the person didn't get accepted first time round and medicine was still there passion from young but still wanted to do a medical related course. That's what biomed students do lol is it still waste of tax payers money.
There is no point in doing a “medical related course” if you want to study medicine. That’s not a hard thing to grasp, no? And yeah it is a waste of tax payers money for someone to study biomed or anything with the aim to study med. I stand by this, money isn’t infinite. It needs to be allocated efficiently.
Original post by georgezra34
what do u suggest i do then


Gap year and retake if needed then apply directly to standard entry med.
Make it make sense then. what's the point of there being a graduate entry course if you cant do a degree first and work your way up. Who is entitled to this in your eyes. and for the tax payers money why are you so defensive over it its not like its all coming out of your pocket mate. If someone who is passionate for medicine wants to take that route who are you to stop them with your little "I stand by this, money isn’t infinite" quote.
Reply 14
Original post by AD_ADMIT
Make it make sense then. what's the point of there being a graduate entry course if you cant do a degree first and work your way up. Who is entitled to this in your eyes. and for the tax payers money why are you so defensive over it its not like its all coming out of your pocket mate. If someone who is passionate for medicine wants to take that route who are you to stop them with your little "I stand by this, money isn’t infinite" quote.
Omg because it's a waste of 3 years of your life? Go ahead and do a radiography degree then apply for grad med. But why would anyone pursue grad med over undergrad med if there 18 and picking their course? Competition is that much higher, you have to fund it yourself as you don't get a tuition loan. You're better off working as a HCA for a year and reapplying. Grad entry courses are for people who've done a degree then decided they want to study medicine. Not for people about to start a undergrad with the aim to do it. I mean it makes no difference and I'm not stopping anyone just giving practical and sensible advice. But go ahead fool OP into thinking this is a good route for them.

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