MBBS Medicine

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Anonymous

It's a very good degree, with a good course structure and excellent learning environment. Teaching is efficient and thorough, can go to lecturers for additional help if I feel it's needed. They're open to answering any questions, and are very approachable. Content is very challenging, and stretches memory capability. Student support network is very good, although more students need to be aware it's available should they need it.

Anonymous

It is a fantastic course with such a variety to offer. The first two years were lecture based and preclinical without much focus on patients. Then we had the chance to do an integrated BSc in a speciality of our choice which gave me a great insight into Paediatrics. Now we do our clinical years where we get teaching in top hospitals in a wide range of specialities which is excellent.

Anonymous

Amazing university with fantastic career prospects. Have made friends for life. One of the best decisions I have made in terms of furthering my academic career. I know that I am well set for the future, and I know that everything bodes well ,with such a good foundation that I have here.

Anonymous

The medical course at UCL is great. It is very varied and includes a mixture of both scientific and social, ethical and practical teaching, all of which is necessary to become a good doctor. You are able to intercalate in 3rd year which allows you to develop good research skills. In the last three years you are able to gain good clinical practice by doing rotations in various hospitals.I have been able to gain experience in some of the UK's top hospital such as Great Ormond Street.The assessments are quite challenging as they all come down to several exams at the end of the year, however as it is a lecture based learning course, it is straight forward as to what you need to know.Overall I would highly recommend the course.

Anonymous

The quality of the degree is unparalleled. The course is well organised and well taught. Students also have the pleasure of tutorials to allow them to grasp specific aspects of the course that they do not understand. The opportunity to perform full body dissections is also a great way to learn anatomy. The student life is brilliant with a whole student body RUMS dedicated to the well being of students which is always welcome.

Anonymous

It's a very extensive course covering all the important and necessary parts of what is needed to be a doctor, and more. It is in the frist years heavily scientifically based which in my opinion is a merit. It also allows you to balance social and academic life well and prepares you well to become a doctor.

Anonymous

I really enjoy all aspects of my degree. It is a more traditional style medical course, with preclinical lectures dominating the timetable for the first two years while patient contact is interspersed throughout. As someone who likes to learn theoretically before applying practically, I really appreciated this style of course. The interspersed patient contact is just enough to remind us we'll eventually be doctors - keeping us interested while the focus is still on lectures. The intercalated BSc degree in third year is a great opportunity to move in a slightly different direction and frees up the schedule which is a great opportunity to do other things at university. The final three years are all spent in hospital, on wards, dealing with patients every day. It's the best part of the course - very hands on, practical and fast-paced and with the true end goal in sight

Anonymous

I spent three years at Cambridge University and moved to UCL for Clinical Medicine. The hospitals that you get placed are are fantastic, and have some of the best departments across Europe in various fields. Great teaching and great people, and you're in London! Would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. It's been a lot of fun so far, and really interesting too!

Anonymous

It's medicine. Wherever you go, you know it's not going to be easy. UCL is no exception, but with some of the highest contact hours of any medicine course in the country, the opportunity for you to seek help from academics and ask as many questions as you please means that there's less for you to just 'get on with and figure out'. If you're stuck on a concept, you WILL be able to ask someone to explain it to you. An integrated curriculum taught on a systems based basis means that you learn how everything fits together to make a particular organ system work, as opposed to studying topics like anatomy or physiology in blocks, where linking them together may not make sense. Assessment is in the form of Single Best Answer papers, a Data Interpretation paper and an Anatomy Spot Test for the first year.

Anonymous

I really enjoy my degree. It is so interesting. The course is six years, six years of fun and constant. Learning. We have a lot of lectures which I really enjoy. Our tutorials are rare and large which is just what you look for. This year we had two formative assessments one in December and one in February and then the summatives in May which occurred over the three days.

Anonymous

My medical degree here in UCL has been nothing short of amazing. The early exposure I get to the clinical settings and getting the chance to speak to patients has been an eye-opening experience and I am grateful for the chance to continuously be involved in the more practical side of medicine in my pre-clinical years. Lecturers are great and the lectures themselves have been ok. Friendly staff and good facilities are provided. Well-supported so far, and I like how they take feedback from students very seriously, always looking for chances to improve the way the course can be taught.

Anonymous

Medicine is as hard as they say it is. Often, it is not the content or the concept itself that is hard but it is the volume of material that you need to learn and be able to recall at any point. At UCL the course is largely lecture based and you can have 5-6 lectures a day. If you cannot keep focused for that long or you fall asleep in lectures this might not be the right course type for you. The course itself is I would say excellent because we have the first two years that are al about the fundamentals of science, then we get to do an iBSc in our third year and then the last 3 years are the clinical years. We are lucky enough to be able to do full body dissections (one of the very few medical schools that still do this) which really helps when having to learn all the anatomy. We also get CPP teaching (Clinical and Professional Practice) which is the non sciency bit of medicine including ethics and law, evidence based medicine, professionalism, communication skills, statistics etc. Overall it is a great course. It is impossible to be bored of it and it is impossible to say that what you are learning is not interesting or useful. My advice is if you want to do it for yourself and because it will make you happy and you have a genuine interest in medicine then do it but if you are only doing it because you are pressurised (by parents) or for the money, then it is NOT worth it. Trust me, when it comes down to it you need to be able to remind yourself what you want to do in life cause there will be times when you will have existential crises and breakdowns during your time at medical school and the only person that will be able to help you get through these is yourself. So, listen to you and what you want and enjoy it. It goes waay faster than you'd think and it will be the most satisfying thing you will do...eventually!

Anonymous

The UCL MBBS course is well taught. It takes a traditional structure with 3 years of preclinical teaching (including an integrated BSc year) and 3 years of clinical teaching.The preclinical years are divided into systems based modules such as 'Circulation and Breathing' and 'Neuroscience and Behaviour'. The teaching is delivered in a variety of formats - including lectures, small group computer sessions and tutorials - by experts in the fields such as practising physicians as well as researchers. Assessment is in the form of Single Best Answer papers at the end of the first two years.Clinical teaching is carried out in a range of hospitals across London and is done both at the bedside and in lecture/seminar format. Placements are also undertaken at DGHs and GP practices. Assessment takes the form of written papers as well as practical examinations culminating in finals at the end of the final year. Students are also encouraged to take an 8 week elective period to develop their clinical skills before qualifying as a doctor.

Anonymous

My experiences studying Medicine at UCL so far have been incredible. It is a lecture based course, so you would have to be suited to this style of teaching to make the most from it. The teaching here is truly to a very very high standard, and the professors teaching you are leaders in their field. The first 3 years are pre-clinical, and mostly lecture based whilst the last 3 years will be based in hospitals.

Anonymous

It is a well-designed course in terms of structure and feedback is asked for at many opportunities. The teaching is second to none, often from world-leading professors and clinicians. Slides and associated lecture notes are very comprehensive. The clinical teaching is of a high standard at world-famous hospitals. There is a lot of integration between the years, often through sports and societies. The medics union is very strong and stands up for students against the university, far more than societies for any other department. Assessment is fair, by way of four exams in first year with two formative (mocks) beforehand to prepare students. Clinical years are assessed by practical exams (OCaPEs). Academic support is there if you ask for it, however awareness of it could be improved.

Anonymous

I study Medicine. The main method of teaching is lectures and there are a few tutorials. We also do a lot of practical work in labs. My favourite part is the sessions where we get to meet and talk to patients. Assessment is through exams only at the end of the year, i really like this because it means we don't have exams throughout the year which can be really stressful.Medicine is a really tough subject, and has to be approached with the right mindstead, it is important to make sure you're able to organise your time and priorities your commitments. Also it is important that you are doing it for the right reasons, only study medicine if you are passionate about it and enjoy it, because that will be your motivation to get through the stressful schedules and workload.

Anonymous

Medicine is a very hard degree to undertake however it is an important and rewading degree, The teaching at UCL is great and I really enjoy the fact that after every module we complete we have mock assessments to help us determine our weaknesses in vertain topics.

Anonymous

Lets start with the not so good - The timetable is like no other - regular 9am starts and ending at 6. Hard exams - but what isn't hard.However i wouldn't swap my course in for a guaranteed First with honours in another degree.Now onto the good - Ive met patients that even though they don't have the most rare to interesting illness, have changed the way i perceive my future. The course has a mix of patient and human interaction, ethics and law which is so interesting and contemporary as to this day abortion law is being debated in parliament. The course takes you to the forefront of leading and up to date science, as what use would it be to teach Doctors old neurology. Also throughout the year you choose 2 'student selected components' or SSC's. The SSC is on a friday afternoon and each has an exam or essay of some sort at the end but they're more enjoyable than challenging. SSC choices range from Physics of medicine, To beginners Arabic or Level 8 advanced German. They also include Philosophy of medicine and a course on Leadership and management for your own practise. these mean that you get a good balance alongside the hardcore science.

Anonymous

It is good enough so far. The staffs of the faculty provide me with enough help in time and the housing office is of good assistance as well. However, my favourite part of the university is still the prestigious professors and the wonderful materials that they offer.

Anonymous

The way the course is taught at UCL is amazing! There's a variety of full body dissections for anatomy, virtual simulations, lectures and for physiology there are tutorials, lab sessions and lectures! As with any medical school, the sheer amount of content they throw at you is ridiculous but there's so much support from older students - you get assigned "medic parents", a personal tutor (who sees you 3 times a year in your first year), a transition mentor (who helps you learn course content for the first term) and a tutor in one of the clinical modules who's also there to help. The ways of assessments are through multiple choice questions and anatomy spotter in the first year. But there's soooo many societies to get involved in UCL as well - so despite it being difficult to establish a work life balance, it's definitely possible!

Anonymous

The course at UCL is excellent. The course content is basic sciences for the first 2 years, however clinical exposure is incorporated to prepare you patient contact and future scenarios you will be faced with. The assessment is useful as you are assessed at the end of each module in a formative exam. This is used to track your progress however if you don't do well it is okay since these exams are purely to track progress. The exams in the summer are what determine your progression to the next year, as well as your portfolio.

Anonymous

Structure: Teaching is system-based meaning we are taught about body systems such as the cardiopulmonary systems, learning all of the the anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, biochemistry, genetics and clinical skills relevant to that system. This means anatomy etc. becomes functional, with an obvious relevance, and it's easy to integrate clinical skills such as chest examinations with the topic, enabling students to get comfortable examining people (generally actors are employed to pose as patients) while understanding the relevance of our lectures to the profession.Our course content is mainly delivered through lectures, which are all available online, and there are small group work sessions, workshops, tutorials, quizzes and self-paced learning exercises to assist our understanding of the material. UCL teaches anatomy through dissection and computer aided learning which are both extremely useful resources. Dissection is extremely useful as it shows the variation in each human and how difficult it is to recognise different structures as they are not orderly and ideal as they are in textbook diagrams.We are assessed at the end of the year on everything we have learnt and that's the only assessment that really counts. So there aren't many deadlines and it can be easy to procrastinate, but we do have formative assessments in november and february to keep us on track and show our progress.I think it's well organised and the lecturers are important researchers and clinicians in their respective fields, and it's an incredible opportunity to be able to learn from these people. There are some components in the clinical skills sessions that I feel can be condensed sometimes, but they are important so maybe there is a reason for the emphasis that I'm not able to appreciate yet. Overall, I've enjoyed the course so far and I think it's been delivered well.

Anonymous

Medicine at UCL is a highly demanding but vastly interesting course. We have a 4 week introductory module that serves as a great transition from A level but the high number of contact hours is something you will have to adapt to. Mini formative assessments online and written ones are really useful in exposing gaping voids in your knowledge! There is a fabulous mixture of teaching styles, the lectures are recorded online too - we get to do tutorials and workshops that reinforce the practical sides of Medicine and work through clinical cases. Every Thursday, we work of Clinical and Professional practice which is has involved meeting patients, visiting GP's, seeing the ethical and legal parts of medicine to understand. I'm really enjoying my time here as the people are all willing to help and the resources are frankly endless, it's kind of overwhelming. There is always room for improvement - I would love more small group work and fewer 9am lectures!

Anonymous

it has a good set of lecture notes and slides that have been modelled on feedback from medical students for the past decade or so. Professors always answer questions via email within 24 hours.

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