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04-03-2010, 06:05 PM
Alight, the more that I research the more lost I am... I am trying to figure out if I qualify for Med school in the UK and which ones. Does anyone know if they will take the MCAT? Or do they require the UKCAT? I have a BA in Sociology and have taken other college level science courses... how do I know if I have the correct ones or if I need to take some more?? How do I calculate my Tariff Points to see how competitive my app is?? Argh.

Any help from an American Student that has gone through the application process into UK would be very appreciated!!!

04-11-2011, 04:44 PM
If you are American or Canadian and have lots of money, you can apply to St. Andrews University in Scotland. They've recently launched a program that allows North American students to complete a medical undergraduate degree and then be automatically admitted into medical school at the University of Edinburgh. The program outline says Canadian and American students will get "dedicated assistance with preparation for" exams and residency matches at home. BUT the program costs well over $250K in tuition alone.
Good luck!

04-18-2011, 04:37 PM
You can apply to any UK med school through UCAS - entries close in October for 2013 entry. You can look up the requirement for each medical school on their website. Minimum is a UK 2.1 degree, but I'm not sure what that is in US GPA equivalency. Best of luck

05-16-2011, 02:31 PM
You will need to email the university.

07-02-2011, 09:07 AM
Contact Atlantic Bridge: US and Canadian students studying medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine in Ireland (http://www.atlanticbridge.com) and they will let you know about the steps and requirements for application to the Irish schools. That is a good starting point, anyway.

07-04-2011, 09:06 AM
Look through the websites of the programs you are interested in. They usually have the requirements for international students listed out. I believe that some graduate entry 4 year programs do not take non-science graduates. Yes, you must take the UKCAT (source - UKCAT Details (http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/pages/details.aspx?page=whereICanTakeTest))

07-04-2011, 09:26 AM
Yes, you must take the UKCAT (source - UKCAT Details (http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/pages/details.aspx?page=whereICanTakeTest))

With one caveat... if you apply to Irish graduate programs through Atlantic Bridge, they will accept the MCAT. English, Scottish, and Welsh schools will likely require the UKCAT, as indicated above.

07-04-2011, 09:39 AM
With one caveat... if you apply to Irish graduate programs through Atlantic Bridge, they will accept the MCAT. English, Scottish, and Welsh schools will likely require the UKCAT, as indicated above.

I was referring to UK schools.

Aren't the schools which take part in the Atlantic Bridge program all located in the Republic of Ireland?

07-04-2011, 09:47 AM
You're correct, 2morrow... it's Locumotion | Locum Recruitment Agency in Ireland | Locum Doctor Jobs | UK | Australia | South Africa (http://www.locumotion.com) that has Northern Ireland positions, and they are for residency and practice only. Atlantic Bridge's programs are all for medical school, and they are all in the Republic.

My bad!

07-04-2011, 10:00 AM
LOL I actually didn't know that Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and the Republic of Ireland were two different countries until I started my research into Irish schools...:doh:

07-04-2011, 10:12 AM
I knew they were two different countries (hence, "The Troubles"), but for the longest time thought that the Republic was the Ireland that was part of the UK! Not a mistake you want to make while you are visiting... :)

They are really recruiting hard for docs in both Irish countries right now. Nice, if you have an EU degree and are interested in working there. (Less appealing if you still want to work in the States at some point, alas...)

07-04-2011, 10:18 AM
Do they discriminate between EU citizens and non-EU citizens? If obtaining a residency in either country is not too hard, I guess either of those places would be good back-up plans for someone who attends an Irish medical school but, for some reason, does not obtain residency in the US.

07-04-2011, 11:02 AM
No, they don't. The main thing is that it's an EU medical degree (ideally) -- not even specifically from a med school in Ireland -- and that you speak English fluently.

One of the recruiters I spoke with told me that a recent grad from an EU school was waiting to start his residency in the States, and was able to work as a paid general medical officer (without residency) in an Irish hospital for almost a year until his residency in the States began. Not a bad gig, certainly, and the hospitals there are great in general.

Granted, the residency programs there would not transfer to the US, but the training would be good, as well. Not a bad back-up plan for some people, anyway.

07-04-2011, 02:25 PM
That's great, considering I tend to rank programs based on the number of backup options they provide. From what I have researched so far, in my opinion, UK and Ireland are among the best options in regards to all factors other than price tag.

07-12-2011, 02:44 PM
I quite agree. I wish I had known about them when I was starting this medical journey!

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