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Second year students

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Second year perspectives

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Vivien Ngo

"BSMS has a very friendly environment where within the small cohort you’re really able to interact and form friendships with everyone within the year."


Amaran Cumarasamy

"The things I enjoy most about the course are the balance between academic learning to develop our skills and the chance to practise those skills out on the hospital wards. 

"So far the second year has been really engaging. We've been able to build upon our knowledge from the first year in more detail and ultimately, by the end of this year, we'll be ready to head into the clinical practice phase of the course." 


Gabby Alexander-Harvey

"It was easier to make friends at the start than I thought. At BSMS, there is a 'medic parent' system, where you have two members of Year 2 to guide you through, so you already know someone in the medical school.

"There is a wide range of interests at BSMS. Some people are interested in music or sport, so you will quickly find someone who is interested in the same things as you."


Cyrille Cabaret

"As a mature student, I would definitely recommend coming to BSMS as you can mix well with other students of all ages and all walks of life.

"I chose BSMS because it offers the chance to meet and learn from patients right from the start. The support and attention you get here is outstanding – it’s clear the staff care for you. I’m certain that BSMS develops not only good doctors, but well-rounded people."


Renske McFarlane

Renske McFarlane

"I like the open minded and inclusive ethos of BSMS. I’d done a previous degree at the University of Sussex 10 years ago and loved it here then too. 

"It’s a great school, the staff are brilliant and mostly working in the field and the cohort is from a very mixed background and small in size so everyone knows each other, creating a real supportive group feeling. I’m one of the eldest on the course at 35, but I don't feel like an outsider. I really enjoy the mix of ages and backgrounds and feel I fit right in! It helps that there are about 10 others in their 30s so I am not alone.  

"I’ve lived in five countries and a few cities in the UK, and Brighton wins hands down. It’s a very lively town, expressive, a plethora of free festivals and activities, great parks and small enough not to get drowned in it but big enough to have plenty to offer."


Elizabeth Wong

Elizabeth Wong

"BSMS has a very attractive curriculum to me, especially the full cadaver dissection. And most importantly, the location of the medical school is perfect – it's not too far from London, which makes flying home an easier journey.

"BSMS has a small community of international students. In school, you wouldn't feel segregated or special in any sense, which allows you to fit in seamlessly. Of course, there's always special support for international students, in settling in and getting around. Joining your own country's society helps you get the feeling of home away from home. 

"Brighton is a great city, there's beautiful scenery and also a decent shopping scene! It’s also a very eccentric city; you honestly can see so many different and quirky things on the street, which adds to the fun of it!"