The United Kingdom
International students are a substantial part of the student population in British
universities. The UK is the second most popular study destination for international
students following the US at the top. If you decide to be one of more than a million
foreign students in the UK, you’re definitely one step far from a guaranteed
brighter future. As the place suggests, a medical discipline in UK is for true
intellectuals. If you are a scholarly person, and are looking for a real erudite
career, UK is the place for you.
Most undergraduate education in the UK education system (other than the University of
Buckingham and BPP University College, both private institutions) is state-financed
with some top-up fees to cover costs. Those who study in the UK know of the
hierarchy within the universities. In the British school system, there is The
Russell Group, which is a network of 24 British public research universities,
contains some of the most prestigious universities in the country. This prestigious
group includes universities such as the University of Birmingham, the University of
Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and the University of York. All of these are
well-known universities and many people, both citizens of the UK and international
students, aspire to attend university at one of these schools
WHY CHOOSE UK:
BENCHMARK EDUCATION QUALITY
UK is renowned for its educational standards and sets a benchmark for its
international quality for any other country only to follow worldwide. More than 70
UK Universities are ranked among the World’s best Universities. Therefore, if not an
accreditation, studying in a UK medical school itself testifies your educational
qualification for mightier opportunities in future.
EXCELLENCY IN MEDICAL RESEARCH
According to the public portal Scimago Journal & Country Rank, the UK comes
second (behind only the US) in the world for medical research. The list considers
both the quantity of papers being published and the total number of citations per
The UK also claims the second-highest number of Nobel Prizes for medicine since
1901, just ahead of Germany. Studying medicine in the UK is a chance to benefit from
world-leading expertise in research-intensive establishments.
Medicine curriculum in UK is designed is such way that students get an exposure to
patient care from the very beginning. From year 3, one may be assigned your own
patients during clinical placements. The course, led by expert staff and National
Health Service (NHS) education providers, is designed specifically for international
students who want to study medicine in the UK.
The above factors are self –explanatory that a professional doctor’s salary will
definitely be worth the value of the degree. The average starting salary is over
WORK PERMIT AFTER STUDY
There have been some changes on the post-study work visa since November 2015. You can
now stay in the UK after completing graduation if you hold a job offer with an
annual salary of at least 20,800 pounds (Rs. 18.3 lakh). There is no limit on the
number of international students who can stay in the UK upon completion of their
course. In order to work in the UK after completing your studies, you need to switch
from a Tier 4 Visa to a Tier 2 General Visa. You will be required to apply for a
work visa from the UK Border Agency, and you can opt from the following, depending
on your employment status,post,study.
Tier 2 (General) Visa - Open to recent graduates holding a UK recognized
Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree with a job offer from a licensed employer paying
a salary of at least £20,800.
Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa - Open to students who are in process of developing a
world-class innovative idea and are sponsored by their university.
FREE MEDICAL TREATMENT
Indian students in the UK are eligible to receive free medical treatment by the
National Health Service (NHS) if enrolled in a full-time course. Your spouse/partner
and/or dependent children will also be exempt from payment if they reside with you
during the course of your study programme. Your college or university may have a
special health policy for students too.
MBBS IN THE UK
The MBBS in UK is a 5-6years program divided between three individual programs
To set the global benchmark, UK standards of Medical Education sets its students
through a number of infiltrations of assessments, grades and rankings, post which a
student emerges with the highest respect and honor. Most leading medical schools in
UK are funded by the UK government
An Undergraduate program generally is between 5 to 6 years, set and followed as per
the dynamic parameters of the UK General Medical Council(GMC) is not allowed to fall
short of its proven standards. For this it ensures that a candidate is successfully
upgraded to the Foundation course with an exceptional score of 8.
Varying between different colleges, the whole undergraduate program is split into
pre-clinical subjects generally covering Anatomy, Physiology, Ethics, Psychology,
Biochemistry, and Clinical subjects covering Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and
With noticeable change in the teaching methods, UK schools now find an eminent
position of both :
Lecture-based method, where lessons and theories are imparted via classrooms,
lectures and large seminars and students are thus exposed to the huge, cumulative
experience of eminent Medical Professionals, Surgeons and Consultants of different
backgrounds and high repute.
Problem-based method, where a group of 8-10 students and teachers are often
studying, analysing and brainstorming on all possible results, hypotheses and
explanations on various cases.
Foundation Year 1 is the first year of a two-year programme for doctors who have just
graduated from medical school. Here, one begins to put into practice all theories
and knowledge gained till date in the basic years of graduation. One needs to apply
for the Foundation Program through the UK Foundation Program Office (UKFPO)
Foundation Year 1 - Foundation year 1 (F1) enables medical graduates to begin
to take supervised responsibility for patient care and consolidate the skills that
they have learned at medical school. Satisfactory completion of F1 will result in
the award of the Foundation Year 1 Certificate of Completion (F1CC). Upon
satisfactory F1 completion, the relevant university (or their designated
representative in HEE, NES, NIMDTA, Wales Deanery or a foundation school) will
recommend to the GMC that the doctor can be granted full registration.
Foundation Year 2 - Foundation Year 2 (F2) doctors remain under clinical
supervision but take on increasing responsibility for patient care. F2 doctors
further develop their core generic skills, so that at the end of F2 they can
demonstrate clinical effectiveness, leadership and the decision-making
responsibilities that are essential for hospital and general practice specialty
training. Satisfactory completion of F2 leads to the award of a Foundation Programme
Certificate of Completion (FPCC) which indicates that the foundation doctor is ready
to enter a core, specialty or general practice training program.
Once doctors complete the Foundation Programme, they are able to apply to specialty
training. This will determine the particular areas of medical expertise they will
pursue during their careers. The length of training varies according to the
specialty, ranging from three to eight years. Once that is completed, the doctor can
become a consultant.
The are many kinds of specialty, with some providing opportunities for doctors to
further specify their areas of interest into sub-specialties. Training and
registration for each specialty is run by the relevant royal college
One type of specialty training is general practice. This has a separate training
pathway and usually a shorter period of training.
Specialization Training Eligibility:
Medical specialization and training in UK require General Medical Council (GMC)
medical license. The basic requirement is to have at least first medical diploma
valid in UK.
The GMC Medical License is necessary for all doctors in the UK regardless of whether
they are working in the National Health Service (NHS) or independent sector, on a
full or part time, permanent or locum basis, either they are British or
International Medical Graduates (IMGs).
It also applies to all levels of registration, whether provisional, full or on the
specialist or general practitioner (GP).
Types of Training
There are several different types of training programmes. Two examples include
- Run-through training programmes - these can last between 3-7 years depending on
- Uncoupled training programmes - this involves a period of core training followed
by application to competitive higher speciality training
There are four routes to GMC registration:
- Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board test (PLAB);
- Sponsorship through a recognized body such as the RCP;
- Acceptable Postgraduate qualification;
- Certification of eligibility for specialist registration (CESR);
MBBS ADMISSION ELIGIBILITY
Direct Admission : For a direct admission to a UK top medical school, one
needs to fulfill the following criteria-
- Students should have completed 18 years of age
- High proficiency in English language, with a minimum 70% score in IELTS with
6.5/10 in all Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Other scores considered
in case of application are TOEFL/PTE
- A minimum score of 60% in PCB at 10+2
- Competitive scores in UCAS Entrance Test – UKCAT/BMAT
Admission through preparatory course: In case one fails to clear or score in
UCAS Entrance or is not thoroughly equipped in English or Science Disciplines, one
can opt for a one-year preparatory program offered by colleges under the
International Foundation in Medical, Biomedical & Health Sciences.
On scoring minimum 75% after the one-year program, will be selected via an interview,
post which they can apply for MBBS in UK to pursue in international medical degree
However, in case one is not able to score 75%, they can still proceed with 65% for a
Biomedical Science degree of 3 years, which is internally recognized too
COURSE FEES :
It must be emphasized that despite being hardly affordable, if you decide to study in
the UK will surely worth the cost. The UK education system and its higher education
degrees are valued by academics and employers all over the world.
POST GRADUATION OPTIONS AND LICENSURE
An international doctor is one who, regardless of where they obtained their primary
medical qualification, doesn’t have the right of indefinite residence, is not
settled in the UK (as determined by immigration and nationality law) or who doesn’t
benefit from European Community rights. This definition includes doctors who have
received a primary medical qualification from a UK university and completed their
foundation training but who don’t have settled status or right of indefinite
As an international student coming from countries other than the European Economic
Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you must know that you’ll need a student visa to study in
the UK. If you’re aged 16 and you’re a resident of one of these countries you can
apply for a Tier 4 visa (General student), the official student visa in the UK.
Prior to this, you want to make sure you’ll have money to finance your stay there
during your studies. When applying for a visa you’ll need to show you have enough
money to cover your course tuitions and other expenses.
There are 3 types of visa relevant to working as a doctor:
- Tier 1: successful application to tier 1 allows doctors to seek work in the UK
in any non-training grade
- Tier 2: for doctors who’ve been offered a post in the UK for which the employing
authority was unable to find a suitable UK or EEA doctor to fill the post; this
may be either a training or a non-training post
- Tier 5: for selected international doctors to come to the UK to train for up to
2 years, following which they must return to their home country; the training
won’t lead to a CCT
You will need to register with the General Medical Council (GMC) before undertaking
direct patient care. International doctors can join the UK Specialist Register by
applying for a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR), which
proves you have undertaken training equivalent to that undertaken by a UK
Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) holder.
UNIVERSITIES IN UK
The best medical schools, according to Times Higher Education (2019)
THE has found the best institutions that allow you to study medicine in the UK, based
on teaching, research, international outlook and knowledge transfer
- University of Oxford, ranked 1st worldwide, 15 Masters in Medicine. About
studying in Oxford.
- University of Cambridge, ranked 2nd worldwide, 14 Masters in Medicine. About
studying in Cambridge.
- Imperial College London, ranked 9th worldwide, 32 Masters in Medicine.
- University College London, ranked 14th worldwide, 10 Masters in Medicine. About
studying in London.
- University of Edinburgh, ranked 29th worldwide, 73 Masters in Medicine. About
studying in Edinburgh.
- King’s College London, ranked 38th worldwide, 106 Masters in Medicine.
- University of Manchester, ranked 57th worldwide, 56 Masters in Medicine. About
studying in Manchester.
- University of Bristol, ranked 78th worldwide, 10 Masters in Medicine. About
studying in Bristol.
- University of Warwick, ranked 79th worldwide, 12 Masters in Medicine.
- University of Glasgow, ranked 93rd worldwide, 37 Masters in Medicine. About
studying in Glasgow.