Gareth's story

Although initially uncertain whether or not I would be able to fully fund my studies, I was reassured when I received a scholarship from the Dow Trust, which provided annual funds to financially disadvantaged students like myself.

Choosing Dundee to study medicine has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. From its newly refurbished library which is open 24/7 to cater for those summer exams, to its state-of-the-art simulation suite which allowed me to make mistakes and learn in a safe and supervised environment. Not to mention its close links to Ninewells Teaching Hospital, and the opportunities which exist for clinical exposure throughout your medical degree.

Unfortunately, being a highly competitive, and longer-than-average degree, the tuition fees and living costs can be significantly greater than other shorter degrees. Although initially uncertain whether or not I would be able to fully fund my studies, I was reassured when I received a scholarship from the Dow Trust, which provided annual funds to financially disadvantaged students like myself.

Not only did this extra money ease my concerns and allow me to focus on studying, but it made sure that I could avail of all the awesome opportunities that studying in Dundee has to offer. From its status as a sunny Scottish city for students, to its burgeoning arts & food sectors, and the easy access to sprawling Scottish countryside. It has a lot to offer any student that decides to call it home.

The help, advice, and assistance that I received throughout my degree made my experience as a medical student thoroughly enjoyable, and (somewhat) stress-free, as I could focus on becoming the doctor I always wanted to be. I would encourage any student eager to study medicine, but rightly concerned about the financial implications, to consider Dundee as their next home.

Gareth May