St Andrews University, UK
Katie has received her last decision from universities in the UK. She has learned that she has been accepted to attend St Andrews University in Scotland to study Medicine. Founded in the 15th century, St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world.
Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410, and the University was formally constituted by the issue of a papal bull (seal) in 1413. With no national university to develop their academic abilities, Scottish students in the middle ages were forced to pursue their studies abroad. By 1410, most had been driven to Paris from Oxford and Cambridge by the Wars of Scottish Independence with England. So when the Catholic church was divided by two rival popes, with Pope Boniface IX supported by the French cardinals while Scotland remained faithful to Pope Benedict XIII, Scottish students found themselves in a difficult position. The time had come to establish a seat of learning, of international standing, back home in Scotland. St Andrews was the obvious choice: the seat of the greatest bishopric in Scotland and location of a monastery noted as a centre for learning. In May 1410, a group of masters, mainly graduates of Paris, initiated a school of higher studies in St Andrews.
Through the centuries, many great minds have been attracted to St Andrews: William Dunbar, poet (MA, 1479); John Napier, the inventor of logarithms (student, 1563); James Gregory, designer of the Gregorian telescope (Regius professor of Mathematics, 1668); Benjamin Franklin (honorary Doctor of Laws, 1759); Edward Jenner, pioneer of the smallpox vaccine (MD, 1792); John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist (Rector, 1865); JM Barrie, author (Rector, 1919); Rudyard Kipling, author (Rector, 1922); Sir James Black, Nobel Prize winner in medicine (MB ChB, 1946).
Currently, the University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2019 as 95% of St Andrews final year students were satisfied with the quality of the learning and teaching experience.The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
Students entering Medicine at St Andrews have the unique opportunity to graduate after three years at St Andrews with a BSc Honours degree in Medicine before moving on to one of the University's partner medical schools to complete their training as a doctor and graduate with an MBChB/MBBS.
The course provides students with an excellent scientific foundation for clinical practice, helps develops ethical understanding and decision making skills and provides early, relevant clinical experience in a highly supportive educational environment. www.st-andrews.ac.uk
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