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How good is KCL Medicine?

Hi, I'm an international student looking to study medicine in the UK. Currently, I have an offer from KCL medicine to study there, but I am not sure how good KCL is compared to other UK unis. Since I will only be entering uni in 2025, I am thinking about applying to other UK unis for medicine. Does anyone know how good is the teaching in KCL, and if the opportunities offered at KCL as good as other unis? Also, I hope to understand how reputable KCL is compared to other UK medicine courses, as I would like to practice in my home country and I would prefer if I graduated from a more reputable uni. Thanks!
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Original post by jack31313
Hi, I'm an international student looking to study medicine in the UK. Currently, I have an offer from KCL medicine to study there, but I am not sure how good KCL is compared to other UK unis. Since I will only be entering uni in 2025, I am thinking about applying to other UK unis for medicine. Does anyone know how good is the teaching in KCL, and if the opportunities offered at KCL as good as other unis? Also, I hope to understand how reputable KCL is compared to other UK medicine courses, as I would like to practice in my home country and I would prefer if I graduated from a more reputable uni. Thanks!

KCL is a pretty reputable university, although they don't treat their students too well from what I hear. Their medical school in particular took a pretty big hit to their reputation in 2022 when they didn't get back to hundreds if not thousands of medical school applicants, and it was notable in the 2022-23 UCAS application cycle that many students avoided KCL as a result. No clue how they did in the current (2023-24) UCAS application cycle. But in the end, it's still a famous university whose name should be recognised internationally and, a med school offer is a med school offer. The competition to get a med school offer is fierce and if you were to apply to other medicine courses, you'd need to reject your KCL offer, with no guarantee that you'll get other offers. That's a risk I wouldn't take if I were you.
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Scotland Yard is right. Last year KCL did enter clearing too. Many of my other friends (all international) who do med also chose other schools in London (Imperial and UCL) over Kings although for international standards KCL is well known. I too was quite particular abt which school I wanted to apply and eventually go to since after Covid, the country I previously studied at and hope to return to practice, removed half of the UK medical schools from their medical council. This country also ranks top 5 for best healthcare worldwide and KCL has been on their list since 1971 and never once removed so I think their reputation persists. Opportunities are amazing and you know KCL has one of the best affiliated hospital and I heard that their students are known for being particularly clinically competent. A guy from my school attends KCL for med and he said that he feels very supported and prepared to become a Jr doctor (he is in year 5). Hope this helps!
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Original post by Tulipbloom
Scotland Yard is right. Last year KCL did enter clearing too. Many of my other friends (all international) who do med also chose other schools in London (Imperial and UCL) over Kings although for international standards KCL is well known. I too was quite particular abt which school I wanted to apply and eventually go to since after Covid, the country I previously studied at and hope to return to practice, removed half of the UK medical schools from their medical council. This country also ranks top 5 for best healthcare worldwide and KCL has been on their list since 1971 and never once removed so I think their reputation persists. Opportunities are amazing and you know KCL has one of the best affiliated hospital and I heard that their students are known for being particularly clinically competent. A guy from my school attends KCL for med and he said that he feels very supported and prepared to become a Jr doctor (he is in year 5). Hope this helps!

Hi, out of curiosity, are you from Singapore?
Original post by jack31313
Hi, out of curiosity, are you from Singapore?

Hey no I’m not from Singapore but I did study there and yeah would love to practice there :smile:
Original post by Scotland Yard
KCL is a pretty reputable university, although they don't treat their students too well from what I hear. Their medical school in particular took a pretty big hit to their reputation in 2022 when they didn't get back to hundreds if not thousands of medical school applicants, and it was notable in the 2022-23 UCAS application cycle that many students avoided KCL as a result. No clue how they did in the current (2023-24) UCAS application cycle. But in the end, it's still a famous university whose name should be recognised internationally and, a med school offer is a med school offer. The competition to get a med school offer is fierce and if you were to apply to other medicine courses, you'd need to reject your KCL offer, with no guarantee that you'll get other offers. That's a risk I wouldn't take if I were you.
Not sure for med, but for dent this year they gave offer/rejections within a couple of days so admin is def improving, also lots of stds complained about online lectures so now they're doing it in person so ig student satisfaction is also improving

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