Entry requirements, skills and interests (nuclear medicine)

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 nuclear medicine, try to do research and rotations in relevant areas such as cardiology, endocrinology, oncology and rheumatology.

To find information about getting into medical school, visit our applying for 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:

  • self-development and self-improvement
  • an interest in physics, mathematics, chemistry and physiology
  • problem-solving abilities
  • keen observation skills
  • accurate recording of results
  • good IT skills
  • good communication skills for contact with patients and to enable effective working with the wider team

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