• Question: How long did you have to study for to be where you are now?

    Asked by bana12 to Thiloka, Rebecca, Matthew, Ettie, Aina, Ross on 6 Jun 2019. This question was also asked by jessicasproat.
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      Matthew Bareford answered on 6 Jun 2019:


      I completed A-levels (2 years) and then an undergraduate degree (3 years) and a year of portfolio completion (1 year). So a total of 6 years (4 not including A-levels). However I also took a year out to complete a PGCE (1 year) but that wasn’t compulsory for my position I’m in now… but it does help when I have students with me!

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      Rebecca Moon answered on 6 Jun 2019:


      After school:
      University – 6 years (I did medicine with an intercalated degree in biomedical sciences so that took an extra year)
      After uni – I have been training as a junior doctor for 13 years, this is on the job training so you get paid during this. Whilst training there are exams depending on which specialty you want to do. I also did a PhD which is a research degree which took me 3 years, and I’ve twice been on maternity leave for a year.
      Being a scientist is definitely a journey!

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      Ettie Unwin answered on 6 Jun 2019:


      After school I did a four years combined masters and undergraduate engineering degree. That led me to do a 3 1/2 year PhD in statistical methods for predicting how a design will behave once it has been made.

      Before I went to university I did a gap year because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study. I did a Year in Industry and found it very useful seeing how science is used in the real world. That helped me when I found bits of my degree less interesting.

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      Thiloka Ratnaike answered on 6 Jun 2019:


      Thanks for this question- I feel like I am still studying so it hasn’t ended! I was in uni for 8 years while I did the MBBS PhD, then after graduating, I continued to study for my MRCPCH exams which I completed in 2017. So I guess I have been studying for at least 26 years (counting school) to get to a place where I have now completed all my exams!

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