Upcoming Medical School Open Days - Education Projects Group
Autumn Irving-Carr

Autumn Irving-Carr

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University open days are an excellent way to experience a university, find out more about the courses you are interested in and gather information to aid your decision making. There is so much to think about before you attend, so we have gathered our top tips for making the most of your open day. We have also used official university websites to compile the upcoming UK Medical School open days, so that all the information you need is in one place.

 

Making the most of your open day

1. Plan plan plan

Before you attend the open day, make sure to make a list of your top priorities for the day. This will save you time on the day and you won’t be aimlessly wandering around or frantically flicking through the university guide to decide what to do or see.

Using your list of priorities, create a schedule for the day so that you have enough time, and don’t miss anything. Try to allocate extra time incase you engage in an interesting conversation with a current staff member or medical student, and don’t forget about setting aside travelling time between sessions. 

It is helpful to make a list of any accommodation you want to visit and check how far away it is using google maps. That way you don’t have any surprise sprints across campus!

2. Talk to everybody that you can

Be sure to speak to current students and academics and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. They are at the open day because they would love to share their experiences and give you information you won’t find online or in the prospectus!

You can ask current students questions about their course. You could ask what their rapport is like with academics, how often they use the library,  if they prefer a different study location, or which optional modules they chose. You can even ask their favourite things to do near campus or if they are part of any sports teams or societies you’re interested in.

3. Reflect on your experience

It’s important that you are able to think about your experience once you are back home as this will help you to make a decision about which university was the best fit. 

One way you can aid your reflection is by taking lots of pictures on the day. This way you can remember what the university really felt like and the parts you noticed, not just what the pictures in the prospectus want you to see. You can take pictures of anything that interests you or catches your eye on the day.  

You can also take down notes following sessions or conversations. Keeping a note of the key points will allow you to revisit what has been said and refer back to this when you are making your decision.

It can be helpful to keep a brief record or journal about how you felt throughout the day once you’re home. You don’t need to write a lot but even just a few key words can help you remember which university felt like the best fit. 

 

Upcoming University Open Days

University open days are a fantastic opportunity to see where you will be studying and living. Some universities offer medicine-specific open days whilst others run general days which are open to students from a range of disciplines. At a general open day, there will be opportunities to attend medicine-specific sessions and tailor the day to your requirements.

University of Aberdeen
Open Day Date: 13th June
Type of Open Day: Medicine Only
Registration date is TBC
Find more information at: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/undergraduate-open-day/medicine-1951.php

Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London
Open Day Dates: 26th June, 27th June
Type of Open Day: General 
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/smd/undergraduate/opendays/

University of Birmingham
Open Day Dates: 26th June, 27th June
Type of Day: General
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/visit/opendays/index.aspx?_ga=2.4598835.1446013468.1582021397-

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (University of Brighton & University of Sussex)
Open Day Dates: 6th June, 7th June
Type of Day: 6th June is Medicine Specific, Sunday is general (inc medicine activities)
Registration opens in Spring
Find more information at: https://www.bsms.ac.uk/undergraduate/open-days/index.aspx

University of Bristol
Open Day Dates: 19th June, 20th June, 5th September
Type of Day: General 
Registration opens in Spring
Find more information at: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/visits/open-days/

University of Cambridge
Open Day Dates: 4th July, 5th July
Type of Day: General 
Registration opens in April 2020
Find more information at: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/medicine

Cardiff University
Open Day Dates: 1st April
Type of Day: General 
Registration is open now
Additionally, Medicine Taster Days held on 19th & 20th June
Find more information at: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/open-days-visits

University of Dundee
Open Day Date: 12th June 
Type of Day : Medicine Only
Registration is open now 
Find more information at: https://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/visitus/opendays/

The University of Edinburgh
Open Day Dates: 15th June, 26th September, 10th October
Type of Day: General 
Registration open date is TBC
Find more information at: https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/open-days-events-visits/open-day

University of Exeter
Open Day Dates: 29th May, 30th May, 5th September, 24th October
Type of Day: General 
Registration is open now
Find more information at: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/visit/

University of Glasgow
Open Day Date: 19th October
Type of Day: General 
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.gla.ac.uk/explore/visit/undergraduateevents/opendays/schedule/

Hull York Medical School
Open Day Dates: 26th June, 28th June, 19th September, 20th September (York), Hull dates TBC
Type of Day: General 
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.hyms.ac.uk/medicine/open-days

Imperial College London
Open Day Dates: 24t June, 25th June, 19th September
Type of Day: General 
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/visit/open-days/

Keele University
Open day dates: 20th June, 16th August, 10th October, 18th October, 21st November
Type of Day: General 
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.keele.ac.uk/medicine/newsandevents/opendays/

Kings College London
Open Day Dates: 13th June, 11th July
Type of Day: General
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/subject-areas/medicine/index

Lancaster University
Open Day Dates: 27th June, 11th July, 12th September, 17th October
Type of Day: General
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/open-days/undergraduate-open-days/

University of Leeds
Open Day Dates: 19th June, 20th June, 12th September, 3rd October
Type of Day: General
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/homepage/59/undergraduate_open_days

University of Leicester
Open Day Dates: 6th June, 3rd July
Type of Day: General
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://le.ac.uk/open-days

The University of Liverpool
Open Day Dates: 19th June, 20th June, 26th September, 17th October
Type of Day: General
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/open-days-and-visits/

The University of Manchester
Open Day Dates: 19th June, 20th June, 3rd October, 10th October
Type of Day: General 
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/open-days-visits/open-days/

Newcastle University
Open Day Dates: 26th June, 27th June, 19th September
Type of Day: General 
Registration date is TBC – but you can sign up to an alert on their website
Find more information at: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/a100/

Norwich Medical School (University of East Anglia)
Open Day Date: 20th June
Type of Day: Medicine Only
Registration date is TBC – but you can sign up to an alert on their website
Find more information at: https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/visit/open-day

University of Nottingham
Open Day Dates: 26th June, 27 thJune, 11th September, 12th September
Type of Day: General 
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/visitingus/opendays/opendays.aspx

University of Oxford
Open Day Dates: 1st July, 2nd July, 18th September 2020
Type of Day: General 
Registration is open now
Find more information at: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/open-days-and-visits

University of Plymouth
Open Day Dates: 25th April, 24th June
Type of Day: General 
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/open-days/ugopendays

Queen’s University Belfast
Open day TBC

The University of Sheffield
Open Day Dates: 27th June, 11th July, 12th September, 17th October
Type of Day: General 
Registration date is TBC – but you can sign up to an alert on their website
Find more information at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScip2ZH3jMgd16rPJSfqnV0ylhoL-SIEPIcwGkHARPvvESm1w/viewform

University of Southampton
Open Day Dates: 4th July, 5th July
Type of Day: General
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/about/visit/open-days.page

University of St Andrews
Open Day Dates: 1st April, 8th April, 15th April
Type of Day: General 
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/visiting/visiting-days/ug/

St George’s, University of London
Open Day Date: 27th June
Type of Day: General
Registration is open now
Find more information at: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/visit-us

Swansea University
Open Day Date: 4 April, 13 June
Type of Day: General
Registration is now open
Find more information at: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/open-days/

University College London (UCL)
Open Day Date: 19 June, 20 June
Type of Day: General
Registration date is TBC – but you can sign up to an alert on their website
Find more information at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/open-days/node/7

University of Warwick
Open Day Date: 13 June, 20 June, 10 October, 24 October
Type of Day: General
Registration is now open
Find more information at: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/visits/opendays/

Most importantly, remember to enjoy your day!

 No matter which open day you attend, enjoying yourself and soaking up the experience and atmosphere is key. 

You can check out our ultimate guides and student resources for more information on choosing the right medical school, an application timeline and much more!