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Finding and Choosing a Medical Course

To train as a doctor, you will need to take a degree at medical school. Find out about the routes you can take and how to find a medical degree that suits you.

Routes into medical school

There are several routes into medical school.

  • standard, five-year programmes
  • programmes that include a foundation year
  • courses for graduates eg four-year graduate/accelerated programmes
  • overseas programmes
  • courses that include an intercalated degree

Almost all UK medical schools routes require applications from graduates to be through UCAS.

Applicants may list up to four choices of medicine courses. Applicants can use their one remaining choice to select a non-medicine programme. There is no order of preference recorded. For more details see UCAS.

Finding a medical degree

You can search for a medical degree using Medical school courses | Health Careers - a NHS list of accredited courses.

Advice from the Careers Service

For more information on considerations when choosing a course see our postgraduate study pages.

To find out more about what a career in medicine involves, visit Healthcare.

If you need help deciding if medicine is for you or with choosing a course book an appointment.

Studying medicine overseas

Many medical schools around the world specialise in teaching international students. Some of these universities' graduates work in the UK healthcare sector. Often they may have considerable experience abroad as well as their studies.

There are a lot of factors to consider if you are thinking of studying medicine overseas. This includes the cost of study, entry requirements, languages you speak, and whether your medical degree is recognised in the UK. This is an important consideration when studying medicine abroad if you want to work in the UK afterwards.

Check with the General Medical Council about recognition of non-UK medicine degrees. Their website also has information on overseas qualifications that they will accept.