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Old 03-08-2010, 10:31 PM   #21
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hey! i gt BBB/C D'u think i can be accepted into nus biomedical or nus biological chem?
can we use ur o level subj to back us up? n do u think its advisable to sit for SAT for a back-up as well?
i also get very confused b/w biological science & biological chem...r they same?
Is life science the same as biological science and biomedical science?
i like to study a course that intertwin bio(more of the human body) and chemistry. which kind of course best fit the description?
U wont be on the "guaranteed" list for sure, cause there are ppl with 4As still putting FoS as 1st choice. However, ur grades are not the guaranteed decined situation too. U should put FoS/Biological Sciences for 1st choice though, dun be garang n put it in 2nd choice, ur chances will drop by ALOT in ur case. O' grades wont be considered during Uni shortlisting, it's just ur Uni Admission score (out of 90). And for SATs, it's pretty much for US unis. It's not going to give u much additional weightage. however, i wont discourage u from taking SATs if u got e time

Biological Sciences & Biological Chemistry (i believe u are referring to the NTU courses) are diff. In comparison to NUS, it's just Lifesciences & Chemistry respectively. I qn a prof in NTU regarding dis, he said: We named our course "biological chemistry", is to bring across the msg that u wouldn't just be studying molecules, but alot of chemistry interwine with Biology, hence u would still learn some biology.

Biomedical sciences? i believe u are referring to the Honours specialisation offered in NUS Life sciences right? it's a Yr4 specialisation.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:54 PM   #22
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What is the difference between medicine and pharmacy? is it true that pharmacy are full of dentistry and medicine rejects? Really hope u can advise me!

Xin91..there's biological sc, biomedical sc and biological chem in NUS? u mean as a single degree? i thot only NTU have biological sc degree? O.O
Med u graduate w/ an MBBS, n u practice as a doctor. Pharmacy gives u a Bachelors' Degree, where u can venture into research environment, or dispensing drugs (dun imagine urself in Watsons! even though that could be the case). U could work along side the healthcare team in hospital. And the course of study, Med trains u not only intellectually, but ur morals, ethics, applied knowledge... - Certainly more demanding. U would be dealing with much more chemistry in Pharmacy.

Oh, i'm a NUS Med Reject too It is partially true that Pharm has more "Hopeful Med applicants", because this ppl are interested in Medicine/Dentistry! n i guess most see Pharm as a good alternative. Considerations like aiming for Post-grad NUS-Duke medical school too maybe?


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1. More emphasis on theory over lab work?
2. A lot of group assignments, or is it a more solo curriculum?

how big are the lecture groups & seminar sizes?

what's the diff between the course offered in NUS and the one offered by NTU?
Very good Qn. NUS on a whole has much more focus on theory, unlike overseas uni where u could spend a WHOLE day practicing ur skills in lab. however, ur core modules allocated each sem (3 cores if im not wrong), 1 should comprise of a weekly Lab work. As for curriculum style, there are not alot group assignments for life sciences core modules, cant say for sure ur electives.

Lecture groups are NOT small that's for sure. If u want everyone to know u u have to put some effort into making it happen, just saying it ain't small. Tutorials is 20 to 30 i think.

N the golden QN, wads diff about NUS/NTU? NTU is a 4yrs straight honours prog, while NUS is a 3+1, whereby after 3yrs, if u meet e cut (3.5 GPA) n willing, u will take ur 4th yr, or graduate after 3 yrs with a Bachalors'. NTU pushes all students to honours automatically, opposing to NUS, students choose to opt out, rather than in. NTU also offers a 3.5yrs accelerated Bachalors' programme, for students w/ outstanding grades for A'lvl.

NTU biological sciences is more systematic. U will sit with the same lecture group ALL the way. It's not as messy/confusing as NUS one can be. Tut classes are more fixed too. Ppl rmb ur coursemates cause they see them everyday. U could say NTU is partially like JC style.

There r loads of things to compare. Ranking, Name, location, facilities, Minor/Double maj paths... For sure i cant answer all. U guys should head down to the open house

i hope this really enlighten u guys!
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:11 AM   #23
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Very good Qn. NUS on a whole has much more focus on theory, unlike overseas uni where u could spend a WHOLE day practicing ur skills in lab. however, ur core modules allocated each sem (3 cores if im not wrong), 1 should comprise of a weekly Lab work. As for curriculum style, there are not alot group assignments for life sciences core modules, cant say for sure ur electives.

Lecture groups are NOT small that's for sure. If u want everyone to know u u have to put some effort into making it happen, just saying it ain't small. Tutorials is 20 to 30 i think.

N the golden QN, wads diff about NUS/NTU? NTU is a 4yrs straight honours prog, while NUS is a 3+1, whereby after 3yrs, if u meet e cut (3.5 GPA) n willing, u will take ur 4th yr, or graduate after 3 yrs with a Bachalors'. NTU pushes all students to honours automatically, opposing to NUS, students choose to opt out, rather than in. NTU also offers a 3.5yrs accelerated Bachalors' programme, for students w/ outstanding grades for A'lvl.

NTU biological sciences is more systematic. U will sit with the same lecture group ALL the way. It's not as messy/confusing as NUS one can be. Tut classes are more fixed too. Ppl rmb ur coursemates cause they see them everyday. U could say NTU is partially like JC style.

There r loads of things to compare. Ranking, Name, location, facilities, Minor/Double maj paths... For sure i cant answer all. U guys should head down to the open house

i hope this really enlighten u guys!
o~ thanks for answering =D
I'm looking forward to NUS open house XD
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:33 AM   #24
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[QUOTE=Bosty;27418]Med u graduate w/ an MBBS, n u practice as a doctor. Pharmacy gives u a Bachelors' Degree, where u can venture into research environment, or dispensing drugs (dun imagine urself in Watsons! even though that could be the case). U could work along side the healthcare team in hospital. And the course of study, Med trains u not only intellectually, but ur morals, ethics, applied knowledge... - Certainly more demanding. U would be dealing with much more chemistry in Pharmacy.

Oh, i'm a NUS Med Reject too It is partially true that Pharm has more "Hopeful Med applicants", because this ppl are interested in Medicine/Dentistry! n i guess most see Pharm as a good alternative. Considerations like aiming for Post-grad NUS-Duke medical school too maybe?

Thank you!!!(: yeah graduating from uni and workin in some watsons pharm really was one of my major concerns which turns me off! hahaa! glad to hear that its doesnt seem to be e case. Btw you are in lifescience? my grades are as followed, i'm nt entirely sure if i stand a chance entering med/pharm, since pharm's last 10 percentile last yr was AAA/A.

h1gp-A
h2bio-A
h2chem-A
h2math-A
h2econs-B
h1pw-B
o level hmt-A
h3bio-merit

Also for the UAS, in this case can i use my hmt to replace my econs(downgraded to h1?) and a B for h1 is 7.5 is it?

Please advise! greatly appreciated! thanks!(:
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:45 AM   #25
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Also for the UAS, in this case can i use my hmt to replace my econs(downgraded to h1?) and a B for h1 is 7.5 is it?
Nope. it's 8.75 for H1 B. A friend of mine who got ur score (Except that she had A for H2, B for GP, w/o H3) got rej by med n had no problem getting into Pharm. With ur situation, putting pharm 1st choice would very likely get u in there.

Ur grade meets the cutoff for medicine shortlisting via normal route (based on last yr intake. but i dun think it would increase to the cutoff). If u really are interested in Medicine, u shouldn't be too worried about being shortlisted, but the interviews n portfolio O.o that's ur nxt hurdle.

And, i've got a place in NUS Lifesciences, but im still in my 1st yr of service to NS -_-
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:13 PM   #26
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Nope. it's 8.75 for H1 B. A friend of mine who got ur score (Except that she had A for H2, B for GP, w/o H3) got rej by med n had no problem getting into Pharm. With ur situation, putting pharm 1st choice would very likely get u in there.

Ur grade meets the cutoff for medicine shortlisting via normal route (based on last yr intake. but i dun think it would increase to the cutoff). If u really are interested in Medicine, u shouldn't be too worried about being shortlisted, but the interviews n portfolio O.o that's ur nxt hurdle.

And, i've got a place in NUS Lifesciences, but im still in my 1st yr of service to NS -_-

Thanks for your reply!(:
Btw your friend put med as 1st choice and pharm as 2nd? So did she get shortlisted for both course at e same time, except med has e interview?
Although I'm interested in medicine, but still, i wouldnt want to waste my 1st choice if the chances of me gettin in med is not high at all..yeah hopefully i get shortlisted, then comes the interviews and portfolio!
Otherwise, I wouldn't mind settling for pharmacy either (: haha
So you planning to appeal to med? or pharm? or you're okay with lifescience? (:
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:06 AM   #27
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Btw your friend put med as 1st choice and pharm as 2nd? So did she get shortlisted for both course at e same time, except med has e interview?
In fact, she put 1st Med, 2nd Dentistry, 3rd Pharm. Was shortlisted to go for both Med & Dentistry interviews/essays/MDT. Only upon the unfortunate decision by both med & dentistry that she was not accepted, den did she receive acceptance from Pharm. Med & dentistry wouldn't send a reject letter unless u have no other courses in choices.

Got a qn for ya. Are u a guy? need to serve NS? My advice is to only apply for med when u are truly ready and firm on ur decision. U need to know wad u are getting urself into. i learnt it the hard way.

Well, i thought i was okay with lifesciences. But overtime, i realised im srsly not going to settle with it. Appealing for Med occurs during the acceptance phase. So for me would be EIS for NUS med, and also keeping doors open to overseas UNI. Read the news about Minister of Health proposing subsidies to overseas Med school?
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:36 AM   #28
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Hi.

I have grades with BBCC. however Biological sciences COP is BBCB. i have heard from seniors that the COP is increasing every year. Is there even a need to try? or anyone advice me where can i go beside NTU common engineering courses?
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appreciate if anybody can answer my questions.
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Old 03-12-2010, 02:40 AM   #29
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Dear Bosty, I see that you are offered a place in Life Sciences by FOS-NUS. I am aiming for the same course as you but my grades won't make the cut. I got BCC/AS where S is for my GP. Should I still place this course as my first choice? I am very very very interested in doing Life Sciences. I am trying discretionary admissions because I have some relevant additional certs/qualifications and long years of community work.
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In fact, she put 1st Med, 2nd Dentistry, 3rd Pharm. Was shortlisted to go for both Med & Dentistry interviews/essays/MDT. Only upon the unfortunate decision by both med & dentistry that she was not accepted, den did she receive acceptance from Pharm. Med & dentistry wouldn't send a reject letter unless u have no other courses in choices.

Got a qn for ya. Are u a guy? need to serve NS? My advice is to only apply for med when u are truly ready and firm on ur decision. U need to know wad u are getting urself into. i learnt it the hard way.

Well, i thought i was okay with lifesciences. But overtime, i realised im srsly not going to settle with it. Appealing for Med occurs during the acceptance phase. So for me would be EIS for NUS med, and also keeping doors open to overseas UNI. Read the news about Minister of Health proposing subsidies to overseas Med school?
Thanks for your advice!(:
haha i'm not interested in Dentistry..no offence but i think its really gross):
And nope, I am not a guy, so no NS.
Oh Jiayou for EIS to NUS Med! (: All the best!(:
Rich kid sia..for me its definitely local uni haha, I still got siblings..btw every med student is heavily subsidized by the gvt(: and that measure above I believe is to minimize outflow of talent (: haha
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