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Why study at a medical college in the UK?

The UK is one of the most popular destinations in the world in which to study medicine. Renowned for the excellence of its medical colleges and the depth of its research programs, the UK has a long track record in welcoming international students for medical study.
The entry requirements for international students coming to study medicine in the UK are strict. You will need to have excellent school level qualifications that match up to UK standards. Interviews and assessments are commonplace. You may also be asked to complete a language proficiency test and a clinical aptitude test known as UKCAT.

What medical programs are offered in the UK?

The UK is a leading provider of medical study, with several specialisations and a thorough and innovative lead medical program.

International students can study a standard medical degree before choosing to specialise in a particular field after completing their initial medical training.

There are several different modes of medical study in the UK, including intercalating degrees and electives allowing you to test out different fields of medicine. 

Immigration and visas in the UK

EU citizens are permitted to study at a medical college in the UK providing they fulfil the following:

  • Are studying in the UK for more than three months
  • Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution
  • Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your graduate program in the UK for its duration
Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa under the tier 4 visa category. Each medical school is allowed to set aside 7.5% of its intake for international students. They will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Proof of funding to cover tuition fees and living costs
  • A confirmation of acceptance to study (CAS) reference from a university with sponsor status
  • Adequate English language skills

What are the costs of studying at a medical college in the UK?

Studying medicine in the UK is expensive, and non-EU students will often have to pay significantly more for their tuition fees.

Different medical colleges will charge different tuition fees, but as a guide, you can expect to pay up to £9,000 a year as an EU student and up to £30,000 per year as a non-EU student in the UK.

Working in the UK

The UK is one of the world's largest economies and has an extremely competitive job market. Despite recent visa changes, international students with good English language skills and qualifications in medical sciences or nursing can still find jobs.

Outside of medicine, growing industries in the UK include engineering, science and education and many large multinational companies offer graduate schemes. These are particularly common in the banking, technology and engineering sectors, which are good destinations for international students.

What to do next

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