• Question: how long was you at university for?

    Asked by christikrasniqi on 11 Jun 2019. This question was also asked by margaretxoxo.
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      Marianne King answered on 11 Jun 2019:

      Hello ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m still at university doing my PhD! Before this though I spent 3 years doing my undergraduate degree, then 1 year doing my masters degree. I’ve done 2.5 years of my PhD so far, with 1.5 years to go. In total I’ll have spent 8 years at university by the time I finish my PhD, which is a scary thought!

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      Matthew Bareford answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      I was at university for 3 years doing my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science and then for 1 year completing a postgraduate degree. So 4 years in total.

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      Shobhana Nagraj answered on 12 Jun 2019:

      Hi There! I was at medical school for 6 years, training to be a doctor. I then returned to University to do a Masters Degree part-time (as well as working as a doctor), and now I’m back at University doing a PhD – which lasts around 3-4 years….so altogether it’s been a decade of my life at University! It’s been a long time, although I really enjoy learning, so it is fun too!

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      Kate Timms answered on 12 Jun 2019:

      I was at university of 9 years all together. 3 years for my undergraduate degree, 1 year for my masters degree and 4 years for my PhD – that’s a long time but it was worth it!

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      Kaitlin Wade answered on 12 Jun 2019:

      I’m technically still working at the University! I studied Biology and Mathematics as a joint degree for 3 years. I then stayed at the University of Bristol to do my PhD for 4 years in the topic of “Genetic, Molecular and Lifecourse Epidemiology” and am now working as a post-doctoral researcher at the University. So, in total, 11 years = about 7 years studying and another 4 years working since 2015. Essentially, for ages!

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      James Streetley answered on 12 Jun 2019:

      In total, I was at 2 different universities for 8 years total. 3 years for a bachelors degree, then 1 year for a masters degree and 4 years to get my PhD (doctorate).

      Doing a PhD โ€˜feelsโ€™ a lot more like a job, especially if the university has funding for you. I was expected to be in the lab during working hours and I was paid each month.

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      David Wilson answered on 12 Jun 2019:

      I first did a BSc in Developmental Biology, this took me 4 years. I then was interested in becoming a Biomedical Scientist working in the NHS so I did a PGDip in Biomedical Science that took 1 year and then I specialised further in Pathology with PGCert which took another year but i was working at the same time. Later on I did an MRes which I did part time while working, this is usually a 1 year course but took me 2.
      So that’s 8 years so far and in a few months i’m going to start a PhD course which will take another 4 years.
      It’s remarkable that we never stop learning!

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      Rebecca Moon answered on 12 Jun 2019:

      6 years as an undergraduate (medical school) and 3 years as a postgraduate (doing a phd)

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      Rachel Hardy answered on 12 Jun 2019:

      I was at University for 4 years doing my undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences (including one year on placement). However, I am still at University doing my PhD. I have almost finished 2 years, and have another 2 to go ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s going so quickly!

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      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 14 Jun 2019:

      Undergraduate degree in Physiology (Edinburgh) – 4 years
      Undergraduate degree in Veterinary Medicine (Cambridge) – 5 years
      PhD in Neuroscience then specialty training in Veterinary Neurology & Neurosurgery (Edinburgh) – 6 years

      So that makes 15 years – ouch!

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      Ettie Unwin answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      I was at university for 7.5 years. 4 for a combined masters and undergraduate in mechanical engineering and 3.5 for a PhD