Routes through medicine
There’s more than one way to become a doctor
Intercalated degrees—completing a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BSc) degree part way through a medical course—are becoming increasingly popular among medical students, giving the opportunity to enhance research skills and focus on an individual project in a way that’s not possible as part of a packed medical degree.
But what about other ways to mix and match qualifications on top of a demanding medical degree?
Here we look at three different pathways to becoming a doctor and explore how other academic achievements can work, whether done before, during, or after studying medicine.
Claire Eccles, 33, is a first year medical student at Leeds University. She has a first degree in biology, a doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree in genetics, and also has two children, aged seven and five.
Claire explains that she applied for medical school after years of thinking it would be only a pipe dream.