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Cookies policy

MedSchoolGenie explains how our website uses cookies, and your options for accepting or rejecting them

Here in this cookies policy, we explain basic information about usage and benefits, distinctions between strictly necessary and optional cookies, and ways that you can manage cookies when visiting our website, 

General expanation of cookies

Cookies are small data files placed on your computer by the webserver, so that it knows which areas of a website have been visited by your computer, remembers your preference settings, and can respond appropriately to your further actions on the website.

Cookies can improve your experience by:

 remembering preference settings and key information submitted, so you don't need to keep re-submitting the same information

 ensuring that the website knows how to respond appropriately to your actions

 tracking how you use the website, so we can evaluate how well it meets your needs

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are required for core functionality on our website. In cases where these cookies are disabled, you may find that some parts of our website do not work as expected. 

For example, when you visit our website the the webserver automatically sets a cookie 'Has_js'.  This cookie remembers if you have JavaScript (JS) enabled or not. Some parts of our website use JavaScript - a web language - to display content. In case your web browser has JavaScript disabled, this cookie helps the webserver to know so that it can display the page to you in another way.

Analytics / performance cookies

These cookies help us check the number of visitors we receive and analyse how they move to different parts of our website. By analysing this data, we can try to ensure that our visitors can find what they are looking for on our site.

We use Google Analytics to monitor:

  1. how many people have visited our website and what content they look at;
  2. how many times documents have been downloaded;
  3. what people are looking for on our website.

We use the following analytics cookies set by Google Analytics:

_ga Used to distinguish users and expires after two years.

_gid Used to distinguish users and expires after 24 hours.

_gat Used to throttle request rate and expires after one minute.

We use Google AdSense to include some ads on our website, and these ads are managed via cookies as described here:

 Google's use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve you ads based on your visits to this website and/or other sites on the Internet.

You can opt out of personalised advertising managed by Google by visiting

For more information, please read Google's Privacy Policy.

Please note that some websites that you visit may set third-party cookies (including, for example, advertising networks), over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical / performance cookies.

Managing cookies via initial webserver prompt

When you first visit our website, our webserver prompts you (in compliance with cookie regulations) to accept or disable cookies. The initial message is: "We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience".

 The initial prompt also gives you the option to review our website's Privacy policy, which for further details links to this Cookies policy.

If you choose "No thanks" when responding to this initial prompt, then only strictly necessary cookies are stored.

If you choose 'Ok, I agree" then analytics / performance cookies as well as strictly necessary cookies are activated.

Managing cookies in your web browser

You can also at any time restrict or block cookies from our website by changing the settings in your web browser on your computer or mobile device.

Doing this, however, may impact the way our website works for you in the future.

For more guidance, visit the discussion on the About Cookies website about restricting or blocking cookies in different browsers.

Changes to our cookie policy

If our cookie policy changes in future, we will make updates here.

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