News in brief: October 2013
Medical students know that pursuing higher research degrees can make them more likely to be successful when applying for jobs. However, a study of 129 undergraduate medical students at the University of Edinburgh shows that over a quarter of students believe that the current economic climate would prevent them from being able to pursue a period of full time research in the future, and would therefore make them less likely to pursue a research based career.
A questionnaire was sent to all undergraduates on the medicine programme at Edinburgh University. It asked questions such as whether undergraduates wanted to carry out a research degree and what might prevent them from pursuing a research career. The response rate was 13%.
Interest in improving career prospects by pursuing a research degree was high, with 85% of respondents recognising the benefit of a research degree to career prospects. But only 29% of those