UK college offers medical students $ 13,700 to defer graduation
The University of Exeter in the UK offers students who wish to study medicine a scholarship of £ 10,000 ($ 13,735) and free first year accommodation to defer their place, due to the increased demand to study at the Faculty of Medicine.
As well as offering students a financial incentive to postpone their place to study medicine at the university, located in the south-west of England, the college also gives them the opportunity to study a postgraduate program before to start their medical studies in 2022.
University of Exeter Deputy Vice Chancellor Mark Goodwin said there had been a “significant increase” in the number of students choosing the college as their first choice to study medicine this year.
The UK government subsidizes the cost of studying for certain healthcare courses, such as medicine, which is typically a five-year course. This means that it only awards a certain number of places to study medicine at UK colleges per year.
The cost of a medical degree to the UK taxpayer is estimated to be around £ 185,000, according to the Medical Schools Council, an organization that represents UK medical schools.
According to MSC data, the number of applications to study medicine in 2021 increased by almost 21% from the previous year. For comparison, data released by the MSC showed that requests for medical studies increased by almost 6% between 2019 and 2020, indicating an overall increase in demand for the course in 2021.
He said the number of places available to study medicine remained the same in 2021 at 9,500, as in 2020, but the government funded 450 more places for students who had to postpone their places last year.
Goodwin said that “the university’s number one priority is to ensure that students who study with us receive a high quality, safe and rewarding education.”
Coronavirus closures in the UK have seen colleges move courses online, many students studying in university accommodation they had already paid for and some have even been forced to self-isolate in dormitories. Students have expressed anger at some universities’ handling of outbreaks of infection and the fact that fees have remained the same despite the courses being offered online.
The disruption has prompted some students to rethink their plans to attend college in fall 2020. A small study of 516 students conducted by London Economics, published in May 2020, found that 28% of respondents said they did not weren’t planning on going to college. in the fall of last year if the college of their choice was not functioning normally and still had many Covid-19 restrictions in place.
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