The 2+4 Articulation

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What is ‘Course Articulation?’

Course articulation is when one institution matches it’s courses completed at another institution. Students use course articulation to assure that the courses they complete will not have to be repeated at the institution to which they are transferring.

Medipathways has put together a 2+4 year articulated medical degree programme, currently in association medical schools based outside the UK which offer 4-Year Graduate Entry medical degree courses. The concept is simple – spend 2 years in London completing our 2-Year BSc. in Biomedical Science and then usually get a guaranteed* place into a 4-year Medicine degree programme abroad by the partner medical schools upon successful completion of our 2-year BSc. Currently, medical schools in Ireland, Poland and the Caribbean are participating in our Articulation scheme and  we expect further medical schools in other countries to join us in the future.

The advantages of this articulation are unique. Please see list of features below supporting a question we are often asked:  “Why study abroad for 6 years now, when you can complete the first two years in London, make friends before going abroad with them, apply for the UK again and still spend 6-years study in total?”

    • Allows students to enjoy all the benefits of our 2-year BSc AND have a secured place at a recognised medical school at the same time.
    • Offer of place onto 4-year medical degree course is usually given before you start the BSc. There is no entrance exam to progress onto the 4-year MD.
    • Allows students (who would otherwise have spent six years in Europe) to spend two years in London and make life-long friends  before they embark on studying 4-years abroad.
    • If students secure a place into a UK medical school after our 2-year BSc, they can simply turn down their offer to study abroad.
    • This 2+4 articulation is designed for students that wish to keep all doors open, without losing any time. (i.e. still takes 6-year in total)
    • Ideal for students that wish to practice medicine in the UK and/or the US
    • Medical Schools are based in Eastern Europe, where cost of living and fees are much lower than studying anything in the UK.
    • Graduates will leave with a BSc and a recognised medical degree in just 6-years, making them more competitive when applying for jobs. (Studying an intercalated BSc while at UK medical school is very common, so our medical students will have this before they enter medical school).
    • Perfect for students who do not want to jump into studying a full 6-years abroad, when they can apply for the UK up to two times first and then consider going abroad if all UK attempts do not succeed.
    • The first two years of a 6-year medical degree course in Eastern Europe usually has a very high drop-out rate. Our 2+4 Articulation avoids this risk because the first two years are spent in London, relatively close to home in a familiar environment before having to commit to studying abroad at the outset.

*Progression offer is from Medical School following interview in London, subject to meeting minimum conditions – such as grades on BSc, oral examination,Visa requirement (if any), health-check etc. UKCAT, BMAT, GAMSAT or MCAT may also be required, however students who wish to apply for UK or US medical/dental schools will have to prepare for these test(s) anyway. This articulation is with associated medical schools based outside of the UK only who will specify the conditions of their offer directly with our with offers usually given at the start of our BSc course.

The following letters from the medical schools confirm our association with them and also an example of the offer letter received in advance by our BSc. students (click to enlarge):

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This 2+4 Articulation is not designed for students who:

  • Do not meet the minimum entry requirements for our 2-year BSc (would need to successfully complete our Medical Foundation course first)
  • Would rather go and study abroad for 6-years because they prefer to live longer in mainland Europe, rather than London.

FAQ’s:

  • 1. Does it cost more to study this 2+4, compared to studying all 6-years abroad?
    Not really. When you consider traveling (flights) abroad, accommodation, the cost of fees + living, although lower than in the UK, it works out to be more or less the same.  
  • 2. Am I more likely to succeed if I study this 2+4 in comparison to studying all the 6-years abroad?
    We think so, yes. The attrition rate of medical and dental schools in Eastern European is as high as 40%. This drop out is usually in the first or second year of studying abroad. From the third year onwards the chances of not graduating is relatively low. Therefore, studying the first two ‘high risk’ in the UK relatively close to home and in more familiar surroundings before embarking on studying abroad is a good idea.
  • 3. If I am not in the country for the first two years, won't I be missing out on the language skills in comparison to those that have already spent the first two years in the country, learning the local language?
    Not really. These four-year courses for our graduates have an excellent track record and learning the language is not the primary focus from day one. However, just for good measure, upon request from the overseas medical or dental school, we are able to offer some basic local language lessons e.g: Polish while studying the BSc in London when it becomes apparent that progressing to study abroad is likely.
  • 4. Why is it just Poland or the Caribbean and not any other countries?
    This 2+4 arrangement can be made with any medical school that offers 4-year medical degree courses and so far we believe that the ones that are of a standard that our students would expect are in Poland and the Caribbean. If there are other 4-year courses in medicine or dentistry that you would like to make us aware of for us to investigate further, please contact us.
  • 5. Does this 2+4 Articulation only apply to medicine, or can it work for other courses?
    Currently, this 2+4 applies only for medicine, however we are looking into other courses which require graduate entry, such as dentistry, pharmacy or physiotherapy.
  • 6. Why not just enrol onto a 6-year course in medicine abroad now and re-apply for UK medical school during the first year. If I don't get in, just finish off my medical degree abroad?
    This in theory sounds logical, but in practice is very risky and not likely to succeed anyway. The reason for this is that most, if not all, UK medical and dental schools will expect to see evidence that you have withdrawn from any other university course before applying to them. Medical and dental schools do not like to be seen as taking students who have dropped out of other courses, let alone from medicine or dentistry. If you do not declare that you are or were at medical/dental school anywhere (i.e. say you were travelling, on a gap year or getting work experience) and are successfully admitted, that usually has very serious consequences (eg: expulsion ) if the medical or dental school were to find out. Hiding something for 4-5 years after so much hard work is not worth it.
  • 7. I already have a BSc in a Life Science subject, can I apply directly for a 4-year course abroad?
    Our 2-year BSc has been tailored in advance for the medical schools we articulate with. Some of the modules covered are not covered in other typical 3-year BSc courses from other universities. eg: Physics. It is therefore advisable that at least the first year of our BSc. (the Pre-Med programme) is completed by such graduates, just for good measure.

For further information, please contact us.