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    Plan B - Give up or Try some where else

    Ok I've decided that enough is enough. It is already December and I haven't heard anything from the wonderful unis. I can't go through the same waiting hell next year, and even if I can, nothing is guaranteed. So, my plan is to just sit the GAMSAT in March and apply to unis in Ireland, because there the selection is based purely on your academic achievement.

    I've been told that RCSI is the best followed by UCD, UCC and then Limerick.

    I just wanted to check if anyone has any opinion on the above unis before I decide on my order of preference?

    Also, I was wondering why the tuition fees in Ireland are insanely higher than here?

    Thanks!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan27 View Post
    I know the feeling Maria- the waiting is horrific. Where are you waiting on?
    I'm waiting to hear from all four! Aberdeen, Leeds, Keele and Leicester - all for the 5-year course.

    Honestly I am a very good candidate what can I do to make them realise this? Turn up at the admission office and say I have an interview

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maria87 View Post
    I'm waiting to hear from all four! Aberdeen, Leeds, Keele and Leicester - all for the 5-year course.

    Honestly I am a very good candidate what can I do to make them realise this? Turn up at the admission office and say I have an interview
    As far as I'm aware Aberdeen isn't really considering graduate applicants just yet, although one or two seem to have an invite to interview. A friend of mine there who is in the third year of his medical degree said he didn't hear back until March so don't give up hope yet
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    This waiting is a killer. However they haven't handed out all of their interviews yet, some haven't even started! I'm not sure about your four, but I know not all places have begun yet so don't be disheartened!
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    Tbh, if I didn't have a girlfriend with two years of her degree still to go I would be considering going to China for medicine, or if I robbed a bank I'd consider Ireland too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zedd View Post
    Tbh, if I didn't have a girlfriend with two years of her degree still to go I would be considering going to China for medicine, or if I robbed a bank I'd consider Ireland too
    Lol Zedd

    It's good to know that Aberdeen still haven't considered graduate applicants yet so we still have some hope!

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    Should I have heard from Exeter by now? Waiting is driving me mad too. Don't know whether to keep going for it (Have tried GAMSAT twice now..), or think about something else . I'm 43 so time not on my side.
    Any thoughts. ??

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    I've just registered for GAMSAT Ireland - bloody expensive fees - 360 Euros!! Why do they think graduates must be very rich and rip us off ?!

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    I appreciate that some of you may not know a lot about Irish unis to comment on this. So, I wonder how would one go about finding which is the best and worst uni to study Medicine. For example, is there a specific Award/Trust/Funds or whatever that I should be looking for in a uni?

    Should I save my time and just go by the league table?

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    I would very much assume that league tables mean shit all for medicine in Ireland, same as they mean shit all in England. With these vocational degrees such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy etc the uni status does not matter and it makes sense as to why. You can't have someone coming out of any medical school without the sufficient knowledge to practice it safely and effectively. Some unis specialise and can be a leg up if pursuing a certain speciality but overall uni status would not be a factor. Especially something like league tables, what a load of tosh those are! So the good ol' saying of go where you would feel comfortable to live for 4 years.

    That's all I can say about the Irish unis, their position in the league tables does not matter but I don't know a thing about the foundation years except it's different compared to England. Ask a member here called persianmd, he has gone to an Irish medical school and is from London so would be a good starting point.

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