Are you a Nigerian Student looking for a Medical Program in the UK?
Medicine is one of the most competitive courses in the UK and every year, only a few international students are accepted into medical school. The entry standards for any medical school in the UK are strict and exacting. In fact, interviews for admission can be tough, and students should expect questioning on motivation, previous work, personal interests, as well as being able to produce evidence of all previous achievements – including relevant work experience. A number of medical schools will expect completion of the clinical aptitude test, UCAT.
All the same, in the end, the journey will be worth it, and that is exactly why we always recommend a medical study program in the UK for Nigerian students.
Medicine Entry Requirements
Undergraduate: If you decide you want to study medicine, you will need to enrol at a medical school, which is often part of a university, but will have strong links to local hospital and medical practises. To initially study at undergraduate level, students will need AAA grades, with ether Chemistry or Biology a requirement.
For international students wishing to study Medicine at undergraduate level, an IELTS score of no less than 6.5 across all four categories – reading, writing, speaking and listening – with an overall 7.0 score generally required at most universities.
Foundation: Once undergraduate study of two-years has been completed, medical students will then move on to Foundation training, lasting another two-years. This brings together medical school graduates, other postgraduates and various health care providers. Once completed, you will move into your specialist training path.
Specialty Training: Once you have completed four-years of study, now the serious work begins! The entry process once you have decided on which area you wish to specialise in is extremely competitive, so plenty of hard work is needed to ensure you can secure a place in the area you wish to focus on. Training here can last for anything up to seven years, and upon completion you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion Training (CCT).
UK Clinical Aptitude Test
The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is part of the selection process of some UK medical and dental schools. It is an online test designed to test cognitive abilities, attitudes, critical thinking, and logical reasoning. There are four reasoning tests and a situational judgement test.
– Verbal Reasoning. Assesses ability to think logically about written information and arrive at a reasoned conclusion: 21 minutes, with 11 passages to read and 44 questions.
– Quantitative reasoning. Assesses ability to solve numerical problems: 24 minutes, 9 tables, charts, graphs etc. as information and 36 questions.
– Abstract reasoning. Assesses ability to infer relationships from information by convergent and divergent thinking: 13 minutes and 55 questions.
– Decision Analysis. Assesses ability to deal with various forms of information to infer relationships, make informed judgements, and decide on an appropriate response: 32 minutes, 1 scenario full of information and 28 questions (basic calculator provided)
– Situational Judgement. Measures your responses in situations, and your grasp of medical ethics: 27 minutes and 67 questions on 20 scenarios.
3 As at A-level, including chemistry or biology, an IB of 38 or IELTS score of 7.0 is the academic standard required for undergraduate Medicine.
A strong first degree and a successful career record are required for graduate Medicine and work experience of one day a week for six months in a hospital, care home, hospice or other caring environment is the sort of evidence of intent the medical schools will be expecting and look for. Understanding of the National Health Service and how it works is also crucial for international applicants.
Medical Tuition Fee
- International Foundation Program – £9,250
- Bachelor’s degree including Foundation – £9,250 Year 1 – £11,950 Years 2-4
- Undergraduate – £11,950
- UG Pre-Reg Nursing Pathways – £9,250 + £3,000 placement
- Postgraduate – £12,000
- Research Degrees – MRes/MPhil/PhD (Lab-based) – £16,228
- Research Degrees – MRes/MPhil/PhD (Classroom-based) – £16,635
The average rent that you will pay in UK varies depending on where you live. A one bedroom flat averages at £650 (~$1000 USD) per month if you’re in the city; £550 (~$850 USD) if you’re outside of the city. It may be more if your energy costs are included in the rent.
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