5 Top Medical Schools in UK You May Want to Go

5 top medical schools in UK ranked

This article is for those (or those whose family members, friends and network) aspiring to pursue a medical course in the UK, and subsequently embark on the clinical related career such as medical doctor, nurse, pharmacist or highly specialized areas such as surgery, ophthalmology, neurology, public health and so on.

Between 2008 and 2011, the medical profession has been noted as the most lucrative career, with a number of specialist jobs in this field dominating the list of the highest paid jobs in the US. These include anesthesiologist, surgeon (general and oral & maxillofacial), orthodontist, obstetrician and gynecologist, internist and other physicians. Apart from the US, medical career is also a highly paid profession in other developed nations such as Australia, Japan, Singapore and the UK itself.

All these 5 universities are ranked in the world’s top 50 in the field of clinical, pre-clinical and health by the Times Higher Education (THE) for academic year 2010/2011. 3 of them are in top 5 – Cambridge 3rd in the list (behind Harvard and Stanford), Oxford in 4th and Imperial College in 5th. UCL and King’s College are in 9th and 27th respectively.

The 5 top medical schools in UK are ranked as followed:

1. University of Cambridge

Cambridge University is the second oldest in the UK after Oxford, and was in fact established by a number of people closely associated with Oxford.  Apart from THE, the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) also ranked its medicine programs highly at 2nd place.

Cambridge highly reputed medical courses include neurology & neurosurgery, transfusion medicine, anesthesia, clinical pharmacology, oncology, pediatrics, radiology and primary care. Cambridge is a place for those who desire to become keen scientists with outstanding aptitude for scientific research and discoveries. But it’s not going to be easy to get in though.

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2. University of Oxford


Historians are still undecided on the exact foundation date of this prestigious school, but Oxford remains to be considered among the oldest tertiary institutions established. University ranking tables never overlooked Oxford in their lists; the university has always been in the top 5 for any given category.

Medicine in Oxford is divided into four major course stages and types: pre-clinical (1 to 3 of a 6-year course), clinical (year 4 to 6), accelerated (an intensive 4-year course for graduates trained in experimental and applied sciences) and electives (sort of exchange program with other students in the UK or overseas).

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3. Imperial College London

Imperial College is highly suited to those medical students with keen interest in to live within the vicinity of the urban lifestyle. Apart from medicine, it’s also a top notch venue for other academic specializations including engineering, business and sciences. Currently, there are more than 13,000 students in the school, backed by over 3,000 academic and research staff.

Despite only being in existence since 1997 (formed through mergers between Imperial and St. Mary’s), Imperial’s medicine school is among the largest in the Europe, in terms of number of students, number of staff and research revenues. Its biomedical research is one of the most highly funded clusters.

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4. University College London (UCL)

Backed by some 4,000 academic staff (among the highest in the UK), UCL is mainly divided into eight constituent faculties, which collectively helm 100 different departments, institutes and research centers. UCL has the history of being the first English university to begin admission of students regardless of the religion.

Yearly, UCL open medical intake for about 300 students every year for MBBS, in addition to postgraduate program and clinical training. The medical school is also located in the heart of London cosmopolitan, a rather expensive city.

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5. King’s College London

Like it or not, the last in the list is also one situated in London. King’s College, which has produced 10 Nobel Prize winners (who include former faculty and alumni), is home to six Medical Research Council centers. It was also one of the two founding members of the University of London, a federation of 31 affiliates.

King’s College medical school offers undergraduate courses, MSCS, diploma, certificate, PhD studies, and professional short courses to thousands of students every year.

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The World’s Richest Man 2010: Carlos Slim Helu

It is official now, and again – Carlos Slim Helu, the telco magnet from Mexico, is the richest man in the world.

Forbes magazine recently published their billionaires’ wealth rank and Slim, valued at $74 billion net worth, sits on top of the ranking. He is also richer by more than $20 billion this year.

The Richest Man in the World - Carlos Slim Helu
The richest man in the World

Two usual suspects, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, rank second and third respectively. In 2008 ranking, Slim was ranked second behind Buffett, and above Bill Gates. In this 2010 latest ranking, while all of them remain in the top three, every one switched places.

This year’s billionaire list consists of a record 1,210 people, with accumulated net worth of $4.5 trillion. The new billionaires inducted into the list include those connected with the world changing social media network, Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg (founder), Eduador Saverin (co-founder) and Sean Parker (the first President of Facebook. He has been sacked by the way for drug possession).

The US continues dominating the billionaire list, but what is interesting is that, Asia (332 billionaires), for the first time, has more billionaires than Europe (300). Not unexpectedly, most of Asia billionaires come from China. Take note that early this year, China overtook Japan as the world’s second biggest economy, and things are yet to get better for them.

Carlos Slim Helu is the head executive of America Movil, which is today the largest mobile phone carrier in the Latin America world. His father, a Lebanese, migrated to Mexico during his teen to start a small dry good store, which eventually became the foundation of Slim’s extraordinary business successes.

Slim has been taught the basics of business even before he hit the puberty. At the age of 12, he already bought shares in a Mexican bank.  By his early thirties, he was overseeing 7 businesses in different industries that included real estate, construction and mining.

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Highest Paid CEOs

Highest paid CEOS named

While the likes of Steve Jobs (the CEO of Apple) and Vikram Pandit (CEO of Citibank) prefer to lay low with an annual salary of $1, some other CEOs are enjoying humongous paychecks that come with a host of other benefits and perks.

In 2010, some of these top leaders took double or even triple the salary they received in the previous year.

Highest Paid CEO - Viacom

The head honcho of Viacom, Philippe P. Dauman (photo), became the 2010 highest paid CEO with a total compensation valued at cool-as-you-like $84.5 millions, an over 150% hike from his previous year’s pay. The chap has been serving as the no. 1 for five years since 2006, and served as the executive committee and the VP prior to the current designation.

Considered a whiz kid at school, he scored 1600 on the SAT, the highest mark one could achieve, and this led him to Yale University, one of the most selective schools in the world. The school that shaped his education and career also played a big part in his personal life; he fell in love with his roommate’s sister and they got married. Dauman also graduated law from the Columbia University School of Law.

While the $84.5 millions can sound too good to be true, the figure is not even close to the pay received by the Oracle founder and CEO, Larry Ellison, who was the highest paid CEO for two years running in 2008 and 2009. Ellison received a total of $192 millions in 2008 and the next year, the amount more than doubled to $560 millions.

Larry Ellison on Highest Paid CEOs List

That’s Ellison’s jet you’re looking above.

The compensation formula to seek the highest paid CEOs is based on a number of factors that include salary, perks, bonuses, delayed payment and interest, as well as the stock options estimate.

It’s nothing personal. It’s just business.

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Nokia Announced 7,000 Job Cuts

More Nokia job cuts around the corner

Major mobile phone maker, Nokia will be making a move to cut 7,000 jobs worldwide, through layoff and outsourcing exercises, as the company makes its attempt to play catch up with other rivals in the smartphone market.

Some 4,000 staff will go by end of the year, with most of the affected workers coming from the Europe – Denmark, Finland and Britain. The other 3,000 workers, made up of those from China, Finland, India and the United States, are subject to transfer as the company is outsourcing the Symbian platform operations to Accenture, the global services provider.

An originally Finnish company, Nokia employs more than 130,000 employees worldwide, with operations spanning across 120 countries. Nokia products are sold over 150 countries across the globe, and the company is now ranked as the world’s third largest manufacturer of mobile phones.

With an estimated brand value of $29.5 billion, the Interbrand/Business Week rank Nokia as the 8th most valuable brand in the world.