UCAS have updated their search feature, so now if you’re not careful you might accidentally end up going into a a completely different career than you intended!
We tried searching for ‘Medicine’, and it came up with all sorts of courses which won’t necessarily lead to a career as a doctor or surgeon.
Here are 5 of those alternative courses that you might accidentally apply to:
1. Medical Sciences
You’d be forgiven for taking a look at this and thinking this is the course you need to study to become a doctor! It sounds similar!! Medical Sciences is actually usually a 3-year degree where you’d learn science related to medicine with strong professional research elements.
Some students use this degree as a stepping stone into Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing as a graduate applicant, but the degree equips students with the skills to pursue other clinically-related courses too. This course could be a good choice for those interested in a health career but wanting to keep their options open. Other potential career paths include laboratory and research work.
2. Cellular and Molecular Medicine
This one is even closer – it even uses ‘Medicine’ in the name… maybe it’s to train as a doctor in this specific area?? 🤔
Afraid not! Cellular and Molecular Medicine (again usually a 3-year degree) actually refers to a range of science subjects with significant overlap. Whilst studying, you may work in different research areas including; cancer biology, immunology, bacteriology, virology, regenerative medicine and stem cell biology.
By the end of this degree you’ll have developed a broad range of skills that are directly relevant to laboratory work and practical research, as well as some skills that will transfer well into a wider range of roles in the future.
3. Operating Department Practice
When we go into schools, many of you guys are shocked to learn that to become a surgeon you actually study Medicine and become a Doctor first before specialising as a professional!
Operating Department Practitioners (or ODPs) have a cool role – they’re a key part of the perioperative team! This course lasts two years for a diploma and three years for a degree, during which time you’ll be exposed to the reality of this rapidly advancing area of healthcare and get experiences to develop your clinical skills so you’re ready to work alongside the surgical team!
4. Medical Biology
Again, this one sounds like it could be Medicine! Medical Biology is actually a 3-year degree that forms the bridge between basic research and clinical medicine.
During this course you’ll learn how major human diseases develop and explore the various ways in which medical disorders can be treated.
Whilst studying you may learn about the cellular and genetic causes of major medical disorders like cancer, psychiatric syndromes, autoimmune diseases, genetic disorders all whilst developing your knowledge of stem cell biology.
Again, some students use this degree as a stepping stone into Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing as a graduate applicant, but the degree equips students with the skills to pursue other clinically-related courses too. This course could be a good choice for those interested in a health career but wanting to keep their options open. Other potential career paths include laboratory and research work.
5. Chinese Medicine Acupuncture
Lastly, again with ‘Medicine’ in the title, is Chinese Medicine Acupuncture, a 3-year degree programme available across the UK.
The medical principles originating in China between the 3rd Century BCE and 2nd Century CE remain integral components of the healthcare systems of China, Japan, the Koreas and Vietnam, and are practised today on a global scale. These principles and their development over the last 2,000 years, together with a wealth of practice and research that is currently taking place worldwide, provide the basis of this professional entry course. Most graduates become practitioners of Chinese Medicine Acupuncture!