What are the pros and cons of taking a four year accelerated degree?
Phillipa Brothwood explores the advantages and disadvantages of studying medicine as a four year accelerated graduate entry degree
You can study medicine in two ways as a graduate applicant: the standard five year undergraduate programme or the four year accelerated programme, which is for postgraduates only. Many universities offer both courses, but some, such as Swansea University,1 offer only the four year programme. This article looks at the pros and cons of taking the four year accelerated programme.
An obvious advantage of the accelerated programme is that it is shorter. This is attractive to many graduates who want to complete their medical degree as quickly as possible, having already spent years studying. In addition, it means that you need to pay for only four years of tuition fees instead of five, which makes it more financially attractive. Graduates studying on a four year programme are also eligible for more funding from NHS bursaries and the Student Loan Company to cover their tuition fees and living expenses. Tables 1