Becoming a doctor in the UK

Do you want to become a doctor in the UK? This step-by-step guide will tell you 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

Whether you're doing A Levels or an undergraduate degree, the time spent preparing for medical school can vary. The application process involves many different stages.

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.