Entry requirements, skills and interests (neurology)

This page provides useful information about the entry requirements needed for this specialty up to and including foundation training. It also includes information on the skills and interests you will need.

Entry requirements

Prior to starting your specialty training you need to have completed a medical degree followed by the two-year foundation programme and then two or three years of core training. If you have already made a decision to pursue a career in neurology, try to get experience in neurology or related areas such as A&E.

To find information about getting into medical school, visit our applying to medicine pages.

To find information about the Foundation Programme, visit our applying for foundation training page.

Skills and interests

The skills and interests you will need include:

  • the ability to reflect on what you are doing and plan purposefully to meet your learning needs
  • problem-solving by observing, listening and asking questions
  • reading, enquiring and researching to find solutions to difficult issues, eg challenges in diagnosis
  • an interest in anatomy, physiology, the nervous system and other body systems
  • organisation and time-management skills
  • teamwork skills
  • the ability to communicate compassionately with those you are caring for

If you're applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services you'll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work. The same will be true if you're applying for a university course funded by the NHS.

Find out more about NHS values.

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