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I don't know what to study at uni - help!
« on: May 09, 2017, 04:52:00 pm »
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Yoooo wassup? Welcome to ATAR Notes! ;D

In this thread, you can ask your questions about what to study next year and beyond at university level.

We're not career experts - but a lot of us are (or have recently been) uni students, so we know a thing or two about different courses! ;D

If you're finding things a bit overwhelming and want some input regarding potential universities and courses, ask away! :) Just hit us up with some background information about your interests or what have you. :)

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Re: I don't know what to study at uni - help!
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2017, 05:57:46 pm »
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What's so special about the Biomed scholars program at Monash and what are the prereqs?

I'm just curious as it seems like an interesting alternative to Biomed at Melbourne.
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Re: I don't know what to study at uni - help!
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2017, 07:39:47 pm »
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I wanted to know, if I want to do medicine and become a doctor, what's the best course for me from Monash out of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and Bachelor of Medical Sciences? Also, why is it that a lot of people drop out of Biomed and choose Sciences instead?

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Re: I don't know what to study at uni - help!
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2017, 03:16:20 am »
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What's so special about the Biomed scholars program at Monash and what are the prereqs?

I'm just curious as it seems like an interesting alternative to Biomed at Melbourne.
Really just networking events and other perks (nothing much ahha)
The prereqs are the same as normal biomed but you need 40+ in chemistry and 40+ in meth or spec
I choose it over biomed @ UoM because it meant there was an extra uni I could do med at (graduate monash only takes monash students and UoM takes from any uni)
Also monash is much closer for me.

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Re: I don't know what to study at uni - help!
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 11:29:53 am »
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I wanted to know, if I want to do medicine and become a doctor, what's the best course for me from Monash out of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and Bachelor of Medical Sciences? Also, why is it that a lot of people drop out of Biomed and choose Sciences instead?

Hey! Really great question.

What's "better" for you... well, it probably doesn't make that much difference. A certain proportion of students accepted into Monash Med MUST come from their Biomed program, so that's one factor... however, if you want to do postgrad Med, you won't just be applying at Monash.

The three important factors (not in order of importance) for med entry at a postrgrad level are as follows:

1. Your Uni grades.
2. Your GAMSAT score (usually).
3. Your interview performance.

You'll notice that "degree" isn't part of the criteria. You could get into Medicine after doing undergrad law, or Arts... so long as you had the prereqs.

So, in some sense, the answer to your question is, "whatever the hell you want". So long as you get good grades in it, it doesn't matter.

Why do lots of people drop out of Biomed? I'm not sure if that's a true assumption, but... Biomed is a very specific degree with not a lot of flexibility or choice. Most of the units, from what I've heard, are programmed into it for you. Whereas Science has a bit more general choice and flexibility... and Biomed doesn't offer much of an advantage over Science degrees in terms of Medicine entry so, I guess some people just say "fuck it"?
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Re: I don't know what to study at uni - help!
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2017, 11:00:39 pm »
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Hey, so I want to study medicine at Monash and am wondering now that methods has been taken off the prereq list if I should still do it? I'm a straight A+ student in all my other subjects but am scoring fairly average in methods, is any of the course needed in my degree or should I drop it for further?
Also, I don't really understand how all the specialising in medicine works? What kind of post grad  would I have to do to specialise in pediatrics and how long would that be?

Thanks :)

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Re: I don't know what to study at uni - help!
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2017, 12:05:50 pm »
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Hey, so I want to study medicine at Monash and am wondering now that methods has been taken off the prereq list if I should still do it? I'm a straight A+ student in all my other subjects but am scoring fairly average in methods, is any of the course needed in my degree or should I drop it for further?
Also, I don't really understand how all the specialising in medicine works? What kind of post grad  would I have to do to specialise in pediatrics and how long would that be?

Thanks :)

Hey Matisse! Welcome to ATAR Notes! ;D

What other subjects are you doing at the moment? :)

I don't have personal experience with the MBBS (so take this with a grain of salt), but some people very close to me are currently taking it. Obviously, there are people better equipped to answer this question, but from what I know, Methods isn't particularly needed content-wise. The logical assumption would be that if it were, it would still be a pre-req.

Regardless, that shouldn't be a reason in and of itself to drop Methods. What do you see as the pros and cons in switching to Further?

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Re: I don't know what to study at uni - help!
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2017, 01:49:13 pm »
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Hey, so I want to study medicine at Monash and am wondering now that methods has been taken off the prereq list if I should still do it? I'm a straight A+ student in all my other subjects but am scoring fairly average in methods, is any of the course needed in my degree or should I drop it for further?
Also, I don't really understand how all the specialising in medicine works? What kind of post grad  would I have to do to specialise in pediatrics and how long would that be?

Thanks :)
You never know if you are going to change your mind (I know a lot of people who did during yr 12 - got enough for med but decided otherwise. For example choosing commerce @ UoM or a double degree @ monash) so I would just keep it in case you do so.

Additionally med is super-competitive and getting a great ATAR isn't always enough to get in (UMAT + Interview is 2/3 of the criteria).

A popular fallback from med is usually biomed @ monash or UoM and both require methods as a prerequisite so keep that in mind.

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Re: I don't know what to study at uni - help!
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2017, 04:21:47 pm »
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Im looking to do either Science then engineering ar Melbourne or monash engineering. What would be a better pathway to a better career? Im looking at either software or chemical engineering? How are the jobs for software or chemical engineers in Australia and how are their salaries?
Also after doing this i would also try go into management consulting at a big 3 so answer keeping this in mind.

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Re: I don't know what to study at uni - help!
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2017, 08:15:15 pm »
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Im looking to do either Science then engineering ar Melbourne or monash engineering. What would be a better pathway to a better career? Im looking at either software or chemical engineering? How are the jobs for software or chemical engineers in Australia and how are their salaries?
Also after doing this i would also try go into management consulting at a big 3 so answer keeping this in mind.
It's possible to do engineering/science @ monash which takes the same time as the pathway at melbourne. UoM pathway isn't guaranteed however is relatively easy to get into. Something like 65+ WAM i think with some prerequisite uni subjects.

I would think if you are 100% set on engineering monash would be the way to go - you'll be doing engineering stuff from day 1.

Hopefully someone can help on the engineering careers part :p

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Re: I don't know what to study at uni - help!
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2017, 12:26:25 pm »
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I have no idea what to study in uni. But I want to go to ANU-- it's the school for me! I was thinking of doing Bachelor of Law but I don't know if I'll get in

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Re: I don't know what to study at uni - help!
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2017, 05:52:44 pm »
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I have no idea what to study in uni. But I want to go to ANU-- it's the school for me! I was thinking of doing Bachelor of Law but I don't know if I'll get in
Have some faith in yourself! Nothing is set in stone even when you get your ATAR... there are plenty of ways to get in, like SEAS or bridging courses.
I would recommend that you look at going to Open Days, checking out ANU courses on their website (most unis have a future students section set up for people such as yourself) and talking to people you know who are studying at uni, people who know you well or people who do jobs that interest you and how they got there. Besides that, check out your Careers Teacher or equivalent at your school for some guidance as to what you like and what you're good at to continue on as a possible career. If everything seems to suit you, try a broad degree like Arts or Science to get a large range of subjects to choose from.
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Re: I don't know what to study at uni - help!
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2017, 06:29:08 pm »
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Right now I honestly don't know what I want to do when I finish year 12, but my parents are pushing me to do medicine (like most asian parents). So, I'm wondering what studying medicine is like in university. Is it interesting and is there a lot of math and chemistry involved (these are my favourite subjects at the moment)? I don't think that my grades are good enough to get into medicine and I'm not good at umat and interviews, but I just want to see what the hype is about and whether or not I should consider doing it if I magically get a high enough umat and atar.

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Re: I don't know what to study at uni - help!
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2017, 06:50:30 pm »
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Right now I honestly don't know what I want to do when I finish year 12, but my parents are pushing me to do medicine (like most asian parents). So, I'm wondering what studying medicine is like in university. Is it interesting and is there a lot of math and chemistry involved (these are my favourite subjects at the moment)? I don't think that my grades are good enough to get into medicine and I'm not good at umat and interviews, but I just want to see what the hype is about and whether or not I should consider doing it if I magically get a high enough umat and atar.
I can't answer from experience, though I know some people that do. I hope someone more fitting sees this and answers this for you. The hype is usually situated on reputation rather than actual content; I'd imagine it'd not be too dissimilar to other health science/ biomed /science courses, depending on the subjects (we call them units) you pick. Seeing some of the posts you've previously typed, I can assure you that you'll be fine, no matter the ATAR, UMAT and interview outcome!
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Re: I don't know what to study at uni - help!
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2017, 09:31:19 pm »
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I can't answer from experience, though I know some people that do. I hope someone more fitting sees this and answers this for you. The hype is usually situated on reputation rather than actual content; I'd imagine it'd not be too dissimilar to other health science/ biomed /science courses, depending on the subjects (we call them units) you pick. Seeing some of the posts you've previously typed, I can assure you that you'll be fine, no matter the ATAR, UMAT and interview outcome!
Agree with AngelWings here, but I think another important point of consideration when you're thinking about doing med is - would you like to be a doctor? Are you passionate about working with people, interacting with them and helping them? Stuff like that. Maybe it's not the best course to consider if you're not so interested in that aspect :)
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