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Which uni to choose for medicine

I have gotten an offer to study medicine at UCLAN and QMUL Malta Campus. Which has better benefits and is overall a better uni to join for the MBBS programs?
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Hello,

My name is Haya and I am a final year medical student at UCLan. I would love to share my experience.

UCLAN is very placement and patient-centred. The curriculum is spiral which meals you add onto your knowledge year by year. We also start clinical placements from year 1 which massively improves your clinical communication skills.

You first two years are science based and the last three years you learn about the clinical conditions. We also do Case-based learning which I think is a great way to learn as you are able to apply your knowledge in practice.

You also have an option to do a year in Whitehaven and gain experience in rural medicine in either your 3rd, 4th, or 5th year.

In terms of amenities, UCLan has a really cool Anatomage table where you can practice virtual dissections and clinical and anatomy labs, to help solidify your knowledge.

I also really like the location, Preston is only 1 hour away from Manchester and Liverpool and it is a really cute student city.

Overall, I am very happy with my course and I feel like the way we learn things is really practical. When I go to different hospitals around the country doctors are often impressed with our knowledge so that is always a good thing !!

Is there anything in particular you would like to know more about ?

Good luck,
Haya - MBBS V
Reply 2
Original post by UCLan Student
Hello,
My name is Haya and I am a final year medical student at UCLan. I would love to share my experience.
UCLAN is very placement and patient-centred. The curriculum is spiral which meals you add onto your knowledge year by year. We also start clinical placements from year 1 which massively improves your clinical communication skills.
You first two years are science based and the last three years you learn about the clinical conditions. We also do Case-based learning which I think is a great way to learn as you are able to apply your knowledge in practice.
You also have an option to do a year in Whitehaven and gain experience in rural medicine in either your 3rd, 4th, or 5th year.
In terms of amenities, UCLan has a really cool Anatomage table where you can practice virtual dissections and clinical and anatomy labs, to help solidify your knowledge.
I also really like the location, Preston is only 1 hour away from Manchester and Liverpool and it is a really cute student city.
Overall, I am very happy with my course and I feel like the way we learn things is really practical. When I go to different hospitals around the country doctors are often impressed with our knowledge so that is always a good thing !!
Is there anything in particular you would like to know more about ?
Good luck,
Haya - MBBS V

Please could I ask; are you a local student by any chance? We were told that there were few uk places but on line, we are told there are 50 uk students (but maybe this is across all years?) Daughter has some WP and lives in NW.
Reply 3
Original post by UCLan Student
Hello,
My name is Haya and I am a final year medical student at UCLan. I would love to share my experience.
UCLAN is very placement and patient-centred. The curriculum is spiral which meals you add onto your knowledge year by year. We also start clinical placements from year 1 which massively improves your clinical communication skills.
You first two years are science based and the last three years you learn about the clinical conditions. We also do Case-based learning which I think is a great way to learn as you are able to apply your knowledge in practice.
You also have an option to do a year in Whitehaven and gain experience in rural medicine in either your 3rd, 4th, or 5th year.
In terms of amenities, UCLan has a really cool Anatomage table where you can practice virtual dissections and clinical and anatomy labs, to help solidify your knowledge.
I also really like the location, Preston is only 1 hour away from Manchester and Liverpool and it is a really cute student city.
Overall, I am very happy with my course and I feel like the way we learn things is really practical. When I go to different hospitals around the country doctors are often impressed with our knowledge so that is always a good thing !!
Is there anything in particular you would like to know more about ?
Good luck,
Haya - MBBS V

Ps - glad you are enjoying Preston and the course at Uclan
Original post by AnneKidd
Please could I ask; are you a local student by any chance? We were told that there were few uk places but on line, we are told there are 50 uk students (but maybe this is across all years?) Daughter has some WP and lives in NW.
Hi @AnneKidd,

Thanks for your question. Haya is one of our international students studying medicine. Our medicine courses are very competitive and there are a limited number of places available for UK students. If you would like further information on this, you are welcome to contact our friendly course enquiries team who will be able to discuss through the application process with your daughter. The best way of contacting the team is by emailing [email protected]

Please note that applications for September 2024 entry are now closed for UK students.

Best wishes,
Sarah
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Original post by AnneKidd
Please could I ask; are you a local student by any chance? We were told that there were few uk places but on line, we are told there are 50 uk students (but maybe this is across all years?) Daughter has some WP and lives in NW.

Hi Anne!

I'm one of the UK students studying on the MBBS degree and I'm more than happy to answer any questions you might have!

-Rebecca, UCLan MBBS
Reply 6
Original post by UCLan Student
Hello,
My name is Haya and I am a final year medical student at UCLan. I would love to share my experience.
UCLAN is very placement and patient-centred. The curriculum is spiral which meals you add onto your knowledge year by year. We also start clinical placements from year 1 which massively improves your clinical communication skills.
You first two years are science based and the last three years you learn about the clinical conditions. We also do Case-based learning which I think is a great way to learn as you are able to apply your knowledge in practice.
You also have an option to do a year in Whitehaven and gain experience in rural medicine in either your 3rd, 4th, or 5th year.
In terms of amenities, UCLan has a really cool Anatomage table where you can practice virtual dissections and clinical and anatomy labs, to help solidify your knowledge.
I also really like the location, Preston is only 1 hour away from Manchester and Liverpool and it is a really cute student city.
Overall, I am very happy with my course and I feel like the way we learn things is really practical. When I go to different hospitals around the country doctors are often impressed with our knowledge so that is always a good thing !!
Is there anything in particular you would like to know more about ?
Good luck,
Haya - MBBS V

Thank you for your very helpful reply Haya
Reply 7
Original post by UCLan Student
Hi Anne!
I'm one of the UK students studying on the MBBS degree and I'm more than happy to answer any questions you might have!
-Rebecca, UCLan MBBS

Thank you, daughter had just sent me the email she’s prepared for the admissions team!! We had read somewhere that there are 35 extra places next year for uk students - don’t know if they have to be in the northwest (but we are in the northwest) if that is the case, I guess that’s good for daughter.
In her mail, daughter has explained about her home situation (2 disabled brothers and hoping to be able to still be involved in their lives/care) and the circumstances which lead her to choose to do her a levels over 3 years (ONLY because of taking UCAT just after losing Grandmother unexpectedly) She’ll no doubt send it tonight.
I was just browsing online last night and on one of the sites, it says that Uclan was unusual in that it didn’t use UCAT scores (it was stated very clearly) can that be right? If they don’t use UCAT, what do they use? I struggled to actually find that out.
It would be really interesting to hear your background if you don’t mind sharing. Thank you for your response (being an absolute amateur on this site, I’m not sure if I’m meant to send this directly to you and not post on forum!!! Will have to pull up my socks!)
Original post by AnneKidd
Thank you, daughter had just sent me the email she’s prepared for the admissions team!! We had read somewhere that there are 35 extra places next year for uk students - don’t know if they have to be in the northwest (but we are in the northwest) if that is the case, I guess that’s good for daughter.
In her mail, daughter has explained about her home situation (2 disabled brothers and hoping to be able to still be involved in their lives/care) and the circumstances which lead her to choose to do her a levels over 3 years (ONLY because of taking UCAT just after losing Grandmother unexpectedly) She’ll no doubt send it tonight.
I was just browsing online last night and on one of the sites, it says that Uclan was unusual in that it didn’t use UCAT scores (it was stated very clearly) can that be right? If they don’t use UCAT, what do they use? I struggled to actually find that out.
It would be really interesting to hear your background if you don’t mind sharing. Thank you for your response (being an absolute amateur on this site, I’m not sure if I’m meant to send this directly to you and not post on forum!!! Will have to pull up my socks!)

Hi Anne!

It's great to hear that your daughter has contacted our team, I'm sure you'll hear back soon!

As for the UCAT, you can find all of our entry requirements on our website here . I've had a quick look in regards to the UCAT and our UCLan website does say " UK applicants for 2024 entry onwards are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) before you apply. Your UCAT score will be used as part of the selection process prior to interview." so I hope this helps to clear up any confusion!

As for my background, I did a foundation year in medical sciences before applying for the MBBS degree. Before coming to university , I did my a-levels in biology, chemistry and maths.

I hope this helps!
-Rebecca, UCLan
Reply 9
Original post by UCLan Student
Hi Anne!
It's great to hear that your daughter has contacted our team, I'm sure you'll hear back soon!
As for the UCAT, you can find all of our entry requirements on our website here . I've had a quick look in regards to the UCAT and our UCLan website does say " UK applicants for 2024 entry onwards are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) before you apply. Your UCAT score will be used as part of the selection process prior to interview." so I hope this helps to clear up any confusion!
As for my background, I did a foundation year in medical sciences before applying for the MBBS degree. Before coming to university , I did my a-levels in biology, chemistry and maths.
I hope this helps!
-Rebecca, UCLan

Thank you - that’s interesting and helpful. Please could I ask how you qualified for the foundation year and I’m assuming you did this at Uclan. Thanks. (Ps I’ll refind that faulty information)
Original post by AnneKidd
Thank you - that’s interesting and helpful. Please could I ask how you qualified for the foundation year and I’m assuming you did this at Uclan. Thanks. (Ps I’ll refind that faulty information)

Good evening!

For the foundation entry medical sciences, the entry requirements can be found here .

I hope this helps!
-Rebecca, UCLan

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