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Fourth year perspectives

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Fourth year perspectives

Select a student from the menu on the left to find out their thoughts on studying with us.

Angy Apata

"I've got theatre now and that's what I really enjoy about coming in for placement. You get to see the medical side but also the surgical side, which is really interesting.

"Thursdays are IRP days, that's your independant research project. It's really similar to a dissertation, you can chose a lab-based study, a systematic review or an audit. What I really like about Thursdays is that you can set your own schedule."


Emilie-Marie Sagripanti

"Being an international student, I really wanted to study medicine in the UK and I thought Brighton would be a great place to study being close to London and Gatwick airport, so it's really well connected for travel.

"It's great having a close-knit peer group to help the transition of moving away from home to a different city. Everyone is really close friends and it feels like a home away from home."


James Barber

"It can be quite stressful when you move your belongings into your accomodation and feeling worried about the new people you are going to meet.

"However, within 10 minutes of moving in, you settle down, meet your housemates and realise you are all in this together, so you can't wait to start the journey."

Leher Gumber

"My first impressions of BSMS were that it was really welcoming and friendly. With the small cohort, you get to know everyone really quickly and it's like you are one big family.

"When I first moved to Brighton I was quite nervous as I had moved from a small town in the Midlands, but it has been the best decision I have made so far. Brighton has everything to offer, with the seaside, the city life and the country escape."


Paul Bonhomme

"My favourite part of the course so far was actually third year. Third year was one of the most exciting times on the course as you go on to the wards to do clinical medicine, which is what you have been waiting to do since Year 1. 

"Having early clinical contact from day one at BSMS means that you build some essential skills in communicating with patients; empathy and how to have a conversation without being awkward and just learning some of those really imporant skills that will just make you that really skilled doctor."



Philippa Wright

"My first time coming here was for my interview. I fell in love with the city and the medical school straight away. I didn't want to leave!

"I am very interested in preventative medicine, so food, lifestyle and nutrition. This might lend itself to being a GP, so maybe that's the route I'll take. But I am also really excited for my paediatric rotation next year." 



Ayesha Raheem

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What it’s like studying at BSMS?

BSMS is a place where you really can be a balanced all-rounded individual. The course is academically rigorous, whilst enabling you to pursue other interests, which I feel is so important and a big reason why I wanted to study here.  

What do you like about the course?

I like the systems-based nature of the course, where we learn the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology of each system in depth for a set period. I also really enjoy having a clinical day each week where we go to a GPs' surgery, the hospital or participate in history and examination workshops on the system we are studying at the time. This really helps us to integrate the theory we’re learning in lectures to the practical skills and techniques we will need for consultations in the future. 

What do you think this course in particular offers? What makes it different to other courses?

The course places a significant importance on our understanding of anatomy, which I think is vital, whilst studying medicine. BSMS offers full-body dissection, a unique aspect of the course, which really helps us to consolidate our anatomy knowledge. The early clinical contact in primary care and a range of secondary care placements also really gives us vital opportunities to have clinical exposure from the beginning of the course. 

How do you think the early clinical contact helps you in your learning? 

Early clinical contact really helps us to appreciate how the theory we learn in lectures is applied to a clinical setting, which is ultimately what we will need to know as junior doctors and beyond. 

What Brighton has to offer as a place to live and study?

Having studied in Brighton for my Undergraduate Degree, I was really happy to continue living in such a vibrant and exciting town. Being surrounded by the picturesque South Downs, yet also being so close to the beach, makes Brighton such a unique place to study in. Brighton is also a great place to study, due to the diversity of students from both Sussex and Brighton universities, as well as from BSMS. 

What are you hoping to work as when you are qualified and why?

At this point in time, I’m really interested in pursuing a career in general practice. I’ve really enjoyed our primary care placements in particular, where we’ve been able to take patients’ histories and conduct examinations. 


James Willans

James Willians

"In my opinion, Brighton is one of the best places to study in the UK. Having studied my BSc here previously it's allowed me to sample everything Brighton has to offer. Being a part of BSMS gives you the versatility of using both Brighton and Sussex campuses so you're never too far away from a library and sports facilities when you need to study and relax.

"The liberal and accepting environment of Brighton allows people to integrate easily, whatever their situation. When ever you say you study in Brighton people always ask what the social life is like there, and I'm sure it's second to none. There is never a shortage of things to do in and around Brighton, and with fantastic rail connections London is only an hour away giving you unlimited access to the whole country!" 


Tamara Mulenga

"For me, my favourite part of the course has been the student selected components (SSCs), because it really gives you a chance to invest a bit more time in an area you are really interested in.

"The early clinical contact helped to remove the fear and anxiety that might be associated with first encountering patients, which made it a lot easier for me."