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Recognition of professional
qualifications outside of the UK

Recognition of professional
qualifications outside of the UK

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The United Kingdom is preparing to leave the European Union. This will change the way countries outside of the UK recognise professional qualifications. All current students and current applicants should be mindful of this update, which takes effect from 1st January.

This change might be relevant to you if you’re currently studying, or planning to study, a qualification in any of the following professions: 

  • doctor
  • nurse
  • dental practitioner
  • pharmacist
  • lawyer
  • architect
  • engineer

If this sounds like you, don’t panic. All this means is that there are changes from the New Year for those who want to practice in an EU Member State. Your future professional qualification may need to be recognised by the relevant EU Member State. They will refer to their own rules about third-country nationals and third-country qualifications.

All current students, and those applying to start in 2021, should check the government’s website. There you will see how the regulations will apply to your current or future qualifications. This is important as these new regulations might inform your career choices.