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Studying Medicine in the UK

A career in medicine is fulfilling and rewarding, and could make a difference to the health and well-being of a vast range of people. Medical students can generally look forward to almost a guaranteed job once they have graduated. However, a degree in medicine and the associated further training usually takes at least several years. This subject is not for the faint hearted!


Why Study a Medical Degree in the UK?

The UK is home to almost 10% of the world’s top universities for medicine, with 16 institutions in the top 100 alone. The UK is also home to the National Health Service (NHS), which has been judged the best healthcare system in the world for the second time running. Out of the countries analysed, the NHS was judged the best, safest, and most affordable healthcare system. A medical degree from the UK is highly prized and regarded, and the prestigious qualification will certainly enable you to stand out in the global job market.

The course assessment styles range from online tests, to anatomy demonstrations with written assessments (such as essays), verbal presentations, and simulation exercises.

With over 60 specialities, and the opportunity to get involved in a variety of roles which stretch from teaching, to management, and research, a degree in medicine certainly promises plenty of exciting opportunities to build a meaningful career.


How Long Does It Take to Become a Doctor?

From high school (after GCSE), it can take up to 12 years to become qualified as a General Practitioner (GP), and at least 14 to become a specialised Doctor.

A GP is the British term for a doctor based in the community who treats patients with minor or chronic illnesses, and refers those with serious conditions to hospital. 

Study process for UK medical degrees


On average, a degree in medicine takes between 5 and 6 years to complete. Graduates are awarded the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree.

After graduating, students are required to enter a foundation programme; a two-year planned programme of training where doctors learn about working in teams that deliver care in the NHS, and clinical aspects of caring for sick patients. It is aimed to be a transition period of practice between being a student and taking on more specialised training for a future career in medicine.


Medical degree foundation year details


 AMU (Acute Medical Unit) – an emergency unit, commonly dealing with heart, chest, and other respiratory problems.

ITU (Intensive Treatment Unit) – a special ward providing intensive care (treatment and monitoring) for people who are critically ill or in an unstable condition. 


How Do I Apply?

Applications for Medicine degrees usually close mid-October. Applications for the next academic year, 2018/19 (courses starting September/October 2018), close on 15th October 2017. Applications can be made through UCAS, where you have the option to choose up to 4 universities/medical schools. Click here to find a university.

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In order to qualify for a UK medical degree students must either take BMAT or UKCAT tests, as well as hold A-Level (or equivalent) results that meet the entry requirements. Find out more about these tests here.


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