Becoming a doctor in the UK
Do you want to become a doctor in the UK? This step-by-step guide will walk you through what you need to do. We'll look at the qualifications, timescales, and key steps involved in pursuing a career in medicine.
Why become a doctor?
Timeline to becoming a doctor
A step-by-step guide to training as a doctor
You might be a high school student considering a future in medicine, or someone looking to make a career change. Whatever your path, this guide will tell you the process of becoming a doctor in the UK.
Step 1: Prepare and apply for medical school
Getting ready for medical school takes hard work, dedication, and good grades, but it's the first step to becoming a doctor.
Step 2: Enrol and study at medical school
Medical school programmes in the UK typically last for five or six years, depending on the university.
Step 3: Complete the foundation training
After graduating, you'll need to complete the UK's foundation training programme. This is a postgraduate training period of two years.
Step 4: Medical specialty training and CPD
After foundation training, you'll apply for specialty training. You'll become an expert in your chosen medical field.