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choosing a medical school (Leicester, St Andrews, Nottingham)

I currently hold offers from these three medical schools, however, I am having a hard time choosing between them. I would appreciate it if someone could tell me what they enjoy or dislike about each of these schools or just some general advice to aid in my decision-making process. Thank you!
Reply 1
Original post by lawalalalaala
I currently hold offers from these three medical schools, however, I am having a hard time choosing between them. I would appreciate it if someone could tell me what they enjoy or dislike about each of these schools or just some general advice to aid in my decision-making process. Thank you!

Is this even a question?? St Andrews ofc
Original post by raya2003
Is this even a question?? St Andrews ofc

Oooo, why do you say so if I may ask?
Reply 3
Original post by lawalalalaala
Oooo, why do you say so if I may ask?

Ranking tbh…ig that doesn’t matter to everyone but I’d love to go there. Also living in Scotland you get a lot for your money (which is lovely as a student). I just see it as rly posh as well bc William and Kate went there 😂😭
Original post by raya2003
Ranking tbh…ig that doesn’t matter to everyone but I’d love to go there. Also living in Scotland you get a lot for your money (which is lovely as a student). I just see it as rly posh as well bc William and Kate went there 😂😭

That’s so real😭, thank you for the reply!
Original post by raya2003
Ranking tbh…ig that doesn’t matter to everyone but I’d love to go there. Also living in Scotland you get a lot for your money (which is lovely as a student). I just see it as rly posh as well bc William and Kate went there 😂😭

You do not get a lot for your money in St Andrews. It is an expensive town.
Reply 6
Leicester has the best research rating then Nottingham then St Andrews.

Leicester normally requires A*AA at A Level, including Chemistry or Biology for 1 of your A Levels. For your second A Level you must have Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology. The A* must be in one of those subjects.
St Andrews normally requires AAA at A Level. You must have Chemistry and any one of Biology, Maths, and Physics.
Nottingham don't appear to say what they want on their website!
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Original post by Uni_student3132
You do not get a lot for your money in St Andrews. It is an expensive town.

yeah, the financial aspect is a bit unfortunate :')
Original post by Picnicl
St Andrews might actually be the worst of those for Medicine. Leicester has the best research rating then Nottingham then St Andrews. Leicester is pretty much always top 10 for the subject. It's only it's average grade requirements that pulls it down league tables because of the assumption of prestige that St Andrews has. To be fair, Leicester isn't as old as the other 2.

thank you for your reply!
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by lawalalalaala
thank you for your reply!

Think about course structure - St Andrews has minimal patient contact. Type of exams (whether that suits). Place live - cost and ease to get there. Eg st Andrew’s is lovely but horrendous to get to, expensive and not enough student accommodation so many end up living elsewhere. Nottingham on a campus etc
Original post by lawalalalaala
I currently hold offers from these three medical schools, however, I am having a hard time choosing between them. I would appreciate it if someone could tell me what they enjoy or dislike about each of these schools or just some general advice to aid in my decision-making process. Thank you!

Congratulations on your offers, that is an amazing achievement 🎉👊

I would really suggest going to offer holder days now. Going on to campuses and seeing what the university is like can really give you an opportunity to see if a university is for you. You get to meet current medical students whom can offer you an insight on what it's really like studying there. You will know for certain what university you would like to go when you go to its campus, have you visited Leicester yet? 🤔

Some Facts about our Medicine course:

Our integrated course offers the best of both worlds. Learn through a mix of traditional lectures, small group work and clinical skills training. Our course is truly patient-focused and hands-on, so you'll meet real patients from Year 1.​

The University of Leicester is ranked 2nd in the UK for its world leading research in clinical Medicine (2021 Research Excellent Framework - REF)​

10th for Medicine in Good University Guide 2024.​

We have outstanding facilities, including a large dissecting room where you will learn anatomy through full body dissection on cadavers.

George Davies Centre is the new modern building for Medical students. At £42 million, the centre is the largest investment in medical teaching and applied research by any UK university in the last decade. It has been designed to help to meet the demand for more capable and caring doctors and also to house applied research that will be at the forefront of improved patient safety and the fight against chronic disease.


Please let me know if you have any other questions, hope this helps 🤗

Sumayyah
Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience

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