Want to help heal? Start your medical career in the UK

If you’re planning a career in medicine, there’s nowhere better to start than the UK. We’ve been at the forefront of medical teaching for centuries and our innovations have helped save millions of lives. Our discoveries include the world’s first vaccine, to ultrasound technology and genetic sequencing. Together they’ve helped us win the second-highest number of Nobel Prizes for medicine. 

All this expertise has helped make us a first choice for international students who want to acquire world-class medical skills they can take anywhere in the world.

World-class qualifications

UK medical graduates are in high demand. As well as having world-class qualifications, employers know that studying in the UK gives students a unique chance to develop their language skills, as well as exposure to a very high quality of research. Medical research in the UK is among the best in the world. By choosing the UK for your degree you’ll be studying in universities where those discoveries are actually happening.

So whichever field of medicine you’re most passionate about, a UK degree will give you the best possible preparation for a successful career.

What will you be learning?

The UK is home to two of the top three medical schools in the world, but right across the country you’ll find a large number of excellent universities providing world-class medical tuition. In the UK you can access to some of the most advanced learning environments in the world, with leadership from some of the most knowledgeable minds in every discipline.


There are more than 60 specialisms available to medical students, and the modular flexible courses available in the UK will allow you to hone your expertise as you go. Specialisms generally fall into the following categories:

  • Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Surgery
  • Anaesthetics
  • Pathology
  • Radiology
  • Psychiatry


Thanks to the UK’s position as a world-leader in medicine and clinical research, you’ll have access to cutting-edge equipment, along with the very latest clinical findings, with added insights from the wealth of scientific expertise on offer in UK universities.


Doctors and medical professionals worldwide have to be able to communicate clearly, and medical English is an essential tool of the job. Studying in the home of English will immerse you in the language you’ll come need, developing your confidence along with the verbal and written communication skills you’ll rely on.


Thanks to well-established relationships between universities and hospitals in the UK, students can enjoy a hands-on experience much earlier in their learning. The practical challenges of working with real patients will be familiar to you well before you graduate, giving you context for the theory in your course, and confidence to deliver care when you start working in real clinical environments.

Medicine in the UK 

Medicine has been taught in UK universities ever since the 13th Century. Since then we’ve accumulated a world-leading knowledge and an approach to teaching clinical skills that is recognised around the world. 

But it’s not just the quality of our medical teaching that makes the UK stand out. Our National Health Service is a world-famous case model for government funded healthcare. Founded in 1948, it was built on the longstanding belief that good healthcare should be freely available to all, and it currently oversees the medical, dental, psychological and optical wellbeing of almost 65 million people across the UK. Learning in the UK will give you personal access to this integrated system, as well as the chance to gain insights from excellent private practices. 

From our research and inspiring teachers, to emerging medical science and the increasing integration of digital technology with care, you’ll be acquiring knowledge at the forefront of medical practice – knowledge that you can apply anywhere in the world.

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