Biomedical Science student, Hafsa Abdullahi, was intrigued by the clinical transfer opportunities at St George’s. Now in her third year, she is planning to go on to study medicine.

Hasfa Abdullahi

Why did you choose St George’s?

I chose St George’s for many reasons but mainly because I was intrigued by the clinical transfer opportunity as I wanted to study medicine in the future.

Looking back, I am so glad that I was able to study Biomedical Science before going on to study medicine as I have gained skills and experiences that I would never have had otherwise.

I also love the fact that St George's is so close to the centre of London without actually having the hassle of being right in central London. There are great transport links and the Tooting Community is so welcoming and diverse.

How is the Biomedical Science course taught at St Georges?

Biomedical Science at St George’s is taught in such a varied way, which is something I didn’t expect when joining the course.

I loved how we were never in one place for too long. Teaching was split into lectures, practical lessons in the lab, anatomy sessions in the dissection room and group sessons every week. All of these are centred on a specific topic. 

This is something I have really come to appreciate in my third year here at university as I feel that I have such a deep understanding of the topics we covered over the course due to the specific teaching style at St George’s.

What was the most surprising element of your course or St George’s?

The most surprising element of my course for me was the dissection sessions! I didn’t realise when joining that Biomedical Science students would get the opportunity to be in the dissection room and learn anatomy from observing the cadavers.

This is one of the unique things about studying Biomedical Science at St George’s that separates it from other universities.

Biomedical Science students at St George’s can specialise in one of nine areas. Which are you planning to choose? 

I am planning to go on and study medicine here at St George’s via the clinical transfer route. This is something I am really looking forward to and am so grateful that St George’s offers such a programme.

I feel as though my time studying biomedical science these past three years has fully equipped me with the skills I need to make this next step in my life.

It means that students applying to study Biomedical Science do not need to know exactly what is they want to do with the degree when joining. 

What is the highlight of being a student in London?

What I love about London is how diverse and multicultural it is. I have had the opportunity to meet people and make friends from different backgrounds.

If you had to sum up studying at St George’s in three words, what would they be and why?

Life-changing, collaborative and exciting. 

Are you a member of any societies? If so, which ones and what do you do?

I am a member of several societies such as the ISOC (Islamic society) and STAR (student action for refugees). I love being part of these societies as this is where I made friends as a fresher.

Being a fresher can be really daunting, so going to society events and meet-and-greets can be a great way of meeting new people in a friendly environment.

Last Updated: Thursday, 04 January 2018 12:42