At Imperial we are really lucky that everyone gets a guaranteed place on an intercalated BSc course, hence why we are here for a hefty 6 years.
During an intercalated BSc all medical students take a step away from the normal day-to-day life of a medical student and enter the realm of essays and deadlines for a year in 4th year. At the end of year 4 we all gain a BSc in the course of our choice. Pretty cool. We spend September-Feb in lectures and then have our exams, and then we get to complete a research project (or a short course) for a few months. Very cool.
So a few weeks ago it all really kicked off with choosing what we want to study next year. We had a BSc fair, spoke to loads of students about their experiences and had a roam around online about what it was we really wanted to get a degree in. It was like UCAS all over again.
So what were the options? Cardiovascular sciences, endocrinology, gastroenterology & hepatology, global health, haematology, immunity & infection, neuroscience & mental health, pharmacology, reproductive & developmental sciences, respiratory science or surgery & anaesthesia! You could even apply to other universities (but why would you want to leave Imperial??!)
I went through the courses and ranked the different modules, then eliminated the lowest scoring courses to give me my top 5. I then worked out my order and submitted my application of my top 5 choices.
My top 5 were:
- Global Health
- Reproductive and Developmental sciences
- Immunity & Infection
- Respiratory Science
I am soo happy to say that I got my first choice and will be studying Global Health next year!
I am really, really excited to get stuck into a BSc course for a year. Will be a nice change! For now, I have only got a few weeks left in the hospitals…and then…3rd year exams. Back to revision I go!